Canadian Sculling Marathon

The Canadian Sculling Marathon is held in late August. It is a fun, participative event stressing endurance. Usually it is 42, 21, and 10 km on the Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers, but in 2018 it was a 65.5 km row from Ottawa to Montebello on the mighty Ottawa River. In 2019 it returns as a marathon.

CSM: Full and Half Marathon Challengescsm

An endurance challenge for scullers

Since 2005, the rowing section of the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC) has organized an annual distance challenge using touring, coastal, and open water shells on the Ottawa River: the Canadian Sculling Marathon (CSM). Inspired by the world-renowned Canadian Ski Marathon, it stresses participation, fitness, endurance and fun!

A distance event under the banner of the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association, the CSM usually offers a choice of a full marathon (42 km) or a half marathon (21 km) distances with a circuit starting and finishing at or near the ONEC boathouse and taking in some of the capital’s most famous landmarks.

The full and half marathons are considered tours and are sanctioned as such. Stable boats are used for safety and to ensure that the event always occurs. The 42 km generally starts at 7 am and the 21 km starts at 8 am, usually on a Sunday in late August.

See the Canadian Sculling Marathon website for registration and event details.

CSM: 10 km Friendly

The CSM 10 km Friendly is a fun event for ONEC members which is held on the Saturday before the longer marathons. The event is free to existing ONEC members. Guests are asked to pay a small one-day ONEC membership fee to cover the insurance requirements.

This event is open to scullers of all levels and open to all shells. Come in a single, join up in a double or quad. The challenge is to row around Kettle Island in your best time. The start time is generally 8 am on a Saturday in late August.

See the Canadian Sculling Marathon website for registration and event details.