Not all years we get lucky with the weather in April. This time the harsh wind and cold temperatures put it’s mark on the race. The track record time has not been beaten, the record held by Sean Rice was missed by nearly two minutes.
A new feature of this years race was two separate mass-starts, with the junior men, senior women and masters men starting first, followed by a second mass-start with just the senior men. For the latter the start proved to be a challenge, with a huge false start in the senior men race. Many paddlers started their race before the official signal, resulting in a 500 meter false start that had to be cut off, by Edwin, in a boat.
The restart followed as soon as all the paddlers made it back tot he start line. Not all paddlers had a successful start. As Barry Hazenoot said “It was kut. I teared my boat up, right after the start”.
Because of the new start format it was hard to track where the leading pack was, the senior women finished in front of the senior men. It was a mix of race classes at the finish line.
The masters men were happy with the new format. Filipe Pereira said after the race “I’m very happy with my race, I probably reached the top 10 (he did!). The start was good, just some quick ladies and top junior guys I couldn’t keep up with.”
In the end the Mads Brand Pedersen took a sprint to beat Leonel Ramalho and Sean Rice right before the finish line.
In the senior women race Zsofi Czellai-Voros took the most advantage of the mixed start with the master men. She led the womens race and finished with a big time difference to Lizzie Broughton and Lili Katona.
The masters men is won by Emeric Petot, a minute ahead of Ronny Meisner in second place, with Guy de Prins finishing third.
The junior men did well in the new format of the long distance, wit Ory Zsombor finishing two minutes ahead of the masters men, with a time close of 1.41.28. This would have given him a 9th place overall in the senior men race.
In the short official junior women race, Lea Marchand took the gold medal, just before Aine White and local hero Iris van Bommel.
All of this has been made possible by the generous contribution of our sponsors: De Coogh Funderingstechnieken, Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem and Nelo Kayaks.
Another big thanks for our event suppliers Orange Rental, Gomes, Red Bull and Vaikobi Ocean Performance.
Save the date for next years race: 18th of april 2020
Full Results: http://amsterdamcanoemarathon.com/race-results/
Technical clothing manufacturer Vaikobi has signed on as title sponsor for the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon with the longstanding race celebrating it's 46th running for the upcoming 2018 edition.
The sponsorship is somewhat of a departure for Vaikobi, as the Australian-based company has in the past generally maintained support of only ocean races
Last year, Molokai winner and former ICF Surfski World Champion Sean Rice made the jump over to the AWM, wrangling a hard-fought tactical victory over stiff competition from seasoned marathon veterans.
In what could be viewed as firing a shot over the bow, Rice stated that he "would be back and would bring friends", possibly foreshadowing the inclusion of more surfski paddlers throwing their hat in for the race. With Rice's extremely successful 2017 campaign, including some work on K1 marathon races, it's not a stretch to draw correlations to the benefits he received from his flat-water training.
Description from the website:
The Amsterdam Waterland Marathon is an international canoe race where the great champions and the recreational paddlers battle for the honor of winning Netherlands oldest and largest canoe marathon.
The Amsterdam Waterland Marathon has been organized for 46 years. The race is one of the unique leading events in the international canoe circuit and part of the Canoe Marathon Classic Series of the International Canoe Federation. By participating in this serie participants can earn points for the classic marathon world championship. The Amsterdam Waterland Marathon enjoys a growing international popularity because of its classic racing form in a unique Dutch watery landscape.
The international fame has led to a growing foreign participation and a revival of the canoe marathon sport in the Netherlands. The Waterland Marathon offers Dutch talent the chance to compete with international players in a familiar environment. The Amsterdam Waterland Marathon hosts the Dutch national championships of marathon in the same race as the international event.
Spectacle is guaranteed , the race consists of a mass start and two challenging portages . Portages in the marathon sport always guarantee a spectacular race . In this marathon a particular portage is even more spectacular weather .
The marathon provides international competitors with a great opportunity to visit the vibrant city of Amsterdam after the competition.