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2020 ACA Marathon National Championships and Team Trials

May 9 @ 9:00 am - May 10 @ 1:00 pm

The 2020 American Canoe Association Marathon National Championship and Team Trials will be held on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th on Brooks Lake in Sugar Land, TX.  K1 and C1 (high kneel) will be held on Saturday at 9am, with K2 and C2 (high kneel) races on Sun.

The Marathon National Championship doubles as the annual American Canoe Association’s Marathon Team Trials, the assessment race that determines who will make the U.S. National Team, and who among them qualifies to represent the USA in the ICF (International Canoe Federation) World Championships. The top two in each category (Juniors, Under-23, Seniors), qualify for Worlds if they also beat the mandatory minimum time standard. The next tier of finishers in each class (who beat the time standard) will also be named to the national team, and are eligible to represent the USA at ICF Marathon World Cup events. They also are the alternates for the ICF Marathon World Championship.

Start time is 9am on Saturday and TBA for Sunday’s K2 race.

For more information, see the website: https://www.americancanoe.org/

What designates an ICF Racing Kayak / Canoe?
Racing kayaks & canoes are scaled from 10 to 1, with lower numbers representing a corresponding decrease in stability. A standard sea kayak would rate as a 10. An Olympic flatwater sprint kayak would rate as a 1. Between these extremes are a wide range of developmental boats that are mastered incrementally before progressing to the Level 1 boats used for Olympic Sprint or World Championship Marathon.

An ICF K1 must be 17.2 feet long (5-meters). There is no width restriction, meaning the hull can be as narrow as the athlete can balance. As a practical matter, level 1 ICF K1’s are approximately 12-inches wide at the widest point on the waterline. They are constructed of carbon fiber and/or Kevlar. For ICF Marathon, K1’s are restricted to a minimum of 18 pounds (compared to 26 pounds for Sprint).

For ICF flatwater kayaks, the athletes use carbon fiber doubled bladed paddles from a seated position.

For ICF flatwater canoes, the athletes use carbon fiber single blade paddles from a kneeling position.

When and Where is the ICF Marathon World Championship for 2020?
BAERUM, Norway, August 27-30, 2020
How are the Classifications Divided?
Juniors = ages 15-17
U-23 = ages 18-22
Seniors = ages 23-35. Note that older athletes are allowed to compete in this class if they have won their respective national championship and meet the time standard.
Masters = ages 35+


May 9 @ 9:00 am
May 10 @ 1:00 pm