The competition for the senior and veteran men contains two portages , one after 7 kilometers in the town of Monnickendam and a second portage close to the town of Ilpendam.
New in the ladies race is the choice to race the long track and start together with the men or the short distance with only a single portage near Ilpendam.
The portage at Ilpendam is unique in this world because the Dutch wetlands requires participants to land their boats on to the shore before continuing through the marshy meadow. The route then passes through the shallow waters of a nature area before heading into a deeper canal .
The race has very different types of water for all racing classes, from deep to shallow polders . These different types of water demands various tactics.
The finish for all racing classes will takes place in Amsterdam in the vicinity of the Viking Canoe boathouse.
Supporters and visitors are able to follow the race by bike or car for most of the course.
More information about the two different starting locations can be found here
The marathon provides international competitors with a great opportunity to visit the vibrant city of Amsterdam after the competition.