About Us

OMCKRA is run by volunteers. The seven member board, plus committee members, coaches, race organizers, race volunteers, clubs and club members, are the heart of all we do.

Our Vision

​To promote, represent and develop distance paddling as a racing sport in Ontario.

Standardizing specifications of crafts in the various classes for all races; Advertising and promoting sanctioned events and assisting organizers in improving their events; Promoting safety in paddling particularly as related to distance racing; Encouraging Ontario residents of all ages to become involved in marathon paddling competitions; and Offering sport-specific training programs to coaches and paddlers.

Our Story

Rene Boogemans
Rene Boogemans

On a June day in the mid-1970s Rene Boogemans took two canoes to a race, a fibreglass model and a cedar strip he had built himself. The organizer said he could use the cedar canoe but when Rene and his partner won the 40-mile race they were disqualified. Rene thought that was wrong. A lot of other racers and organizers thought so too.

Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1975 the Ontario Marathon Canoe Racing Association was started by a committed group of Marathon racers, including Rene. The organization was created to insist that member races use classes with watercraft standardized by length and width at the waterline and reward paddlers for their steady success. Rene is still racing today, as are many of those original members, in OMCKRA sanctioned races, committed to using established specifications and fair play.

Our Team

Oliver McMillan, President

Paul Adams Vice President

Mike Bender, Treasurer

Paula Loranger, Race Secretary

Don Stoneman, Past President

Rama Gilverson Member at Large

Mike Hayes SWAG Committee

Coaching Committee

Don Stoneman, Rama Gilverson

Race Support

Paula Loranger, Don Stoneman, Oliver McMillan, Paul Adams


Oliver McMillan, Paul Adams, Kim Snell


Mike Hayes

CanoeKayak Canada (CKC) reps

Don Stoneman, Darryl Bohm

Canoe KayakOntario (CKO) reps

Paul Adams, Karen Bender, Kim Snell, Don Stoneman


Race Organizer resources, documents, insurance information and forms. Paddler and Coach resources.


There's plenty of interesting work for volunteers, from helping out with race registration and timing to reviewing race submissions, identifying race venues or designing programs for paddlers, officials and coaches. Send in your stories or even help produce the newsletter, update social media or the website.  Training provided. Your ideas make things happen!  Contact us.

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