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.
In 2022 we planned to for competitors to race a new 10k lap course 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.
However, due to significant flooding just prior to the Race, the 2022 course has been altered to a 5k lap with a new course. The course has been designed to minimise our impact on flood affected residents. Racers will paddle 5km laps starting near the boat ramp at Burnum Burnum Sanctuary. They will head down river to the Georges Head at Bonnet Bay, then back up river to the southern end of Prices Circuit Reserve then back down river to Burnum Burnum.
Competitors will receive a copy of the electronic Race Briefing that will be sent out to competitors on the Friday before the race. This will include a detailed race guide and course maps. READ THE RACE GUIDE CAREFULLY as it contains important information.