Some of the long distance races our community aspire to be part of are listed here. Many Ontario Marathon Paddlers train to complete and succeed in the 715 K Yukon River Quest, The Ruta Maya in Belize, the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race and of course the Triple Crown of Marathon Paddling: The General Clinton in NY State, The Ausable Marathon in Michigan and the beautiful jewel La Classique of Quebec.
Ontario races as well attract North American and International athletes.
La Ruta Maya
The annual La Ruta Maya Belize Endurance Canoe race is the longest race of its kind in Central America. One hundred and seventy miles of paddling on the Belize River over the course of 4 days. The race gets underway in San Ignacio Town Cayo District just under the Hawksworth Bridge. Between 90 and 100 teams from Belize, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, the U. K. and other countries participate.
Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race
The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race is an ultra marathon that takes place every Easter weekend and is the longest non-stop canoe race in the world. Starting in Devizes in Wiltshire, the race travels down the Kennet and Avon Canal until it joins the River Thames at Reading, then follows the River Thames to Westminster in the heart of London. The race is 125 miles long and includes numerous locks, so as well as arduous paddling, there is a considerable amount of running involved too.
The triple crown was established in 1992 and recognizes the performances by athletes who compete at these three top marathon canoe races in North America.
Ontario marathoners participate in any or all of these races each year.