The objective of the PaddleNSW Marathon Series is to provide a program of races for paddlers in ‘Time Divisions’ that match their paddling capabilities, and provide opportunities for, and recognise improvement in, paddler proficiency. The Series allows paddlers of all age groups, to paddle boats of any class, and is based primarily on paddlers’ abilities to paddle a range of distances within certain time periods or brackets.
Sutherland Shire Canoe Club has been running a marathon event on the Woronora River since 1979 when it was called the Twin Rivers Classic. The NSW Canoe Association later used this Twin Rivers Race as part of their marathon series. The race has continued to evolve to what we now know as the Woronora Marathon and is part of the annual Paddle NSW Marathon Series.
Competitors will be racing laps on a circuit from just upstream of the Prince Edward Park footbridge to Thompson’s Bay Illawong. Depending on class, competitors will be racing over 5km to 20km, travelling on river-right (counter-clockwise) around the circuit.
Competitors will receive a copy of the electronic Race Briefing that will be sent out to competitors on Friday 25 June. This will include a detailed race guide and course maps. READ THE RACE GUIDE CAREFULLY as it contains important information.
This will be a 10km Lap Course with:
- 20km Divisions (1-7) paddling 2 x 10km laps
- Division 8 paddling 1 x 10km lap and a 5km lap (2nd lap)
- Divisions 9-12 paddling 1 x 10km lap
- Division 13 paddling the 1x 5km lap.
Juniors will paddle courses as follows:
|U8 & U10||2km total (turn @ 1km)|
|U12||5km total (1 x 5km lap – with Div 13)|
|U14 & U16||10km total (1 x 10km lap – with Divs 9-12)|
|U 18||15km total (1 x 10km & 1 x 5km lap – with Div 8)|
Temporary buoys will be deployed during the race to mark the course and shallow water hazards. Some hazards are noted on this page.
|08:15 – 09:25||Competitor check-in will take place in front of the SSCC clubhouse in the Burnum Burnum Sanctuary|
|09:30||Race start: Division 7 & 20km SUP|
|09:45||Race start: Division 6 & 15km SUP|
|10:00||Race start: Division 1, then remaining divisions at approx. 2 minute intervals.|
|12:30||Approximate race finish|
SSCC and SES volunteers will be assisting with safety boats.
A qualified first aid officer will be stationed at the start/finish line. Numerous race volunteers are qualified first aiders.
Each paddler must wear a Level 50 non-inflatable lifejacket for the full duration of the event.
The event is being held on the Woronora River starting and finishing at the Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, Woronora.
You need to enter the event parking via Menai Road, Woronora
Once you arrive, a friendly club volunteer (wearing a high-vis jacket) will direct you to a parking spot. You may be directed to drive through a public park to access a second parking area. Please drive slowly and carefully as this park is very popular with families with small children.
The race will start on an in-coming tide and end on an out-going tide. The High Tide at Bonnet Bay on 26 June 2021 is 10:35am.
Weather information will be available closer to the even
Social Distancing will continue to be a focus for 2021, so please remember this when queueing for Check-in, the BBQ, etc.
Please practice good hand hygiene, etc.
In order to minimise the sharing of equipment, where possible, please bring your own cleaning equipment.