The races for this year will be the 23 kilometer race with two portages for all seniors and juniors (men and women) and the 14 kilometer – one portage – race for juniors younger than 16 years old and recreational paddlers. (see race classes)
A total of 2.000 euro in price money will be divided and a start fee for the first five top 10 World Championship paddlers to register is available.
For this anniversary edition we will host a special program after the race, the Red Light district tour will be uplifted with a special surprise for this 50th anniversary edition.
The Amsterdam Waterland kayak and canoe Marathon celebrated its 49th edition this year, with the event attracting top paddlers from around the world. The senior men’s race was particularly exciting, with the breakaway happening after only 1 km right after the start, and the top racers maintaining a fast pace throughout the 24 km course.
In the endsprint, South African Hamish Lovemore emerged as the winner. As he announced before the race, if he would win it had to become a endsprint. They completed the race in an impressive time of 1 hour, 37 minutes, and 45.90 seconds, staying above theset track record. Lovemore led a close pack that included British James Russel, French Jeremy Candy, and Quentin Urban. Ultimately, Russel and Candy finished second and third, respectively, with Urban taking fourth place.
The senior women’s race saw Hungarian Panna Krisztina Sinko take first place with a time of 1 hour, 53 minutes, and 34 seconds. Basque paddler Irati Osa Irureta took second place with a time of 1 hour, 53 minutes, and 47 seconds, while Hungarian Zsófia Czéliai-Vörös finished third with a time of 1 hour, 55 minutes, and 1 seconds even after a unfortunate second portage where she fell in the water after trying to board the boat too swift.
In the masters men’s race, Torben Thomsen of the Aarhus Å Kajakklub came in first, completing the course in a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 25 seconds. Dries Corrijn of KCCG took second place, with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 27 seconds, while Klaus Gieres finished third with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 35 seconds.
The junior men’s race saw Ben Higgins from the Salmon Leap canoe club take first place with a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 2 seconds. In the junior women’s race, Italian paddler Beatrice Candela five minutes ahead of Hjördis Sommer and Nina Callebaut.
Overall, the Amsterdam Waterland kayak and canoe Marathon was a thrilling event, with top paddlers from around the world showcasing their skills and pushing themselves to their limits. Being challenged by the sudden change of weather, with a sunny morning but cold and rainy afternoon we can only have respect for all paddlers that made the finish line. Congratulations to all the winners and participants.
The 49th Amsterdam Waterland Marathon is gearing up to be a thrilling event, with a strong field of competitors set to take on the challenge. Athletes from around the world have been preparing for this event, and expectations are high for some fast times.
In the senior men category, there are a number of top contenders, including Jeremy Candy, Quentin Urban, and Hamish Lovemore. Jeremy Candy has tipped Hamish as the top favorite as he witnessed great strength in their training of last week.
Adding to the excitement, the weather conditions are predicted to be record-breaking, with low winds and moderate temperatures. This could potentially lead to some incredibly fast times, so the top athletes will be pushing themselves to the limit in order to beat the track record of 1:38:11.17 set Mads Brandt Pedersen.
In the senior women’s category, the favorite is undoubtedly Zsófia Czéliai-Vörös, the winner of the last edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon. However, she will face strong competition from Anne-Sofie Winther, Lisa Gras, and Cathrine Rask, all of whom have been training hard in preparation for the race and have a high reputation.
As the athletes prepare to take on the challenge of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon, the excitement is in the air. With a strong field of competitors and record-breaking weather conditions, this promises to be an unforgettable event for both athletes and spectators alike.
A record breaking time of 1:34:57;89 has been set by Pedersen. The current world champion turned out almighty as his title deserves, he had an incredibly high paced race doing 15 kilometers an hour solo.
For the 48th edition of this race it was a good start with little to no incidents, in contrary of the traditional early breakaway attempts and even false starts. It was the ferry letting its cable hang turning out to be the biggest obstacle this time.
Right after the after the first kilometer when the race turned right into the Broekervaart a group of seven paddlers took the lead. This group went down the Broekervaart in an incredibly high pace. It was Pedersen, Boros, Harbrecht Quentin Urban that took the leading pack. But with the hard turn just behind the bridge of Broek only Gordon Harbrecht and Mads Brandt Pedersen stayed together in the lead. It was the first portage where Pedersen managed to break away with a high speed run past the docks of Monnickendam. As of that point he took the lead in the race and never gave it away. Only in the chasing group behind Pedersen a fight was then ongoing. Jeremy Candy eventually won the fight in this group managing to out sprint James Russel in the fight for the third place.
At the senior women race Zsofi Czellai Voros has successfully defended her title in a time of 1:52:28;15. Amélie le Scloteur came in at second place beating Krisztina Bedocs came for the third place. “It was a long hard race, too much for when you prepare for sprint racing. But it never got boring, there would always be some other competitor or some beautiful scenery around” as Krisztina stated after the finish.
In the master race class it was Erik Verduyckt who took the win, just in front of Michael Dobler and Pier Siersma.
The junior men race was won by Oliver Varga in an impressive time of 1:45:45.81. The second place was taken by Dominc Stanley Fawcitt and Paul Donnellan Donnelan in third place.
The junior women race has been won by Eabha Ni Driscoll, coming in seconde place was Hjordis Sommer.
With low winds and sunshine on this 48th edition will we see the record held by Sean Rice broken? Mads Brandt Pedersen has been quite close to Sean Rice’s time last year. Falling short only one minute and nine seconds away. The circumstances are favorable, the little wind there is will be pushing the athletes in their backs for a big part of the course today.
Who ever wins today, Mads brandt Pedersen, Hamish Lovemore Jeremy Candy, Adrian Boros, Stephane Boulanger or Miguel Lorenss, too many big guns to mention, will have a fair chance today.
For the ladies we expect a fierce battle between Zsofi-Czellai Voros and Krisztina Bedocs, who will now start along with the master men which will change the dynamics of wash riding for the top women competitors. “The master men will provide us with bigger waves then the light and fast junior boys.” as Zsofi stated.
We are happy to confirm that our friends and top athletes will compete in our race. Until now we can confirm; Jeremy Candy and Quentin Urban (world champions k2), Adrian Boros vice world champion k2, current world champion Mads Brandt Pedersen, and vice world champion Zsófia Czéllai Vörös competing in the 48th edition.
Would you like to try your chances against the best of the world? Join us on the 16thof april 2022