Tuesday, 30 May 2023
For the first time in the history of canoe-kayak marathon races the five best racers in the world will gather in Ruse.
This year, the Canoe-Kayak Marathon World Cup will be held at the dam in Lipnik Lesopark and is jointly organized by the Municipality of Ruse, the Bulgarian Canoe-Kayak Federation and the World Canoe-Kayak Federation.
The biggest current names in the discipline will meet - Manuel Garrido (Spain), Marton Kover (Hungary), Andy Birkitt (Republic of South Africa), Mads Pedersen (Denmark) and Matthew Finn (Republic of South Africa). In the women's category, the champions Wanda Kisli (Hungary) and Lyudmila Babak (Ukraine) are expected to perform.
The event will feature men's and women's canoe and kayak short and long distance events, as well as junior and senior events.
The short distance races will be held on June 3 over 3.4 kilometers, with two portages (a distance of 200 m in which the competitors run their boats in front of the crowd), and long distances for juniors (19 kilometers) and seniors (25 kilometers) will be held on June 4.
Bulgaria will participate in the competition with four juniors and girls and five men and women.
The characteristic of the canoe-kayak marathon is that, in addition to paddling, it also involves taking out the canoe or kayak and running a portage (minimum 80 m) after each lap. The shortest course is 3.4 km and the longest is 36 km.
The official opening of the event will be on June 2 at 7 p.m. in Ruse. For this purpose, a special stage will be built in front of the Courthouse, and residents and guests of the city will be able to get to know the participating parties.
On both race days, entrance to the spectator stands in Lesopark Lipnik will be completely free, and citizens are urged to follow the parking instructions.
On June 3 and 4, the Municipality of Ruse has also provided additional courses on the Ruse-Nikolovo route and back, with the aim of as many people as possible visiting the world race.
You can see more about the event here.