Mooloolaba welcomes Outrigger National Marathon Championships next weekend

The Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA) are proud to announce this year’s annual National Marathon Championships 2024, are set to take place on Friday 24 through to Sunday 26 May 2024 with all the action launching from the Mooloolaba Spit Parklands.

Three outrigger teams racing - Mooloolaba Spit

Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association

Over 750 competitors alone from across Australia, will compete in these annual National Titles in what promises to be an exciting and competitive three day event supported by Sunshine Coast Council through the Major Events Sponsorship program.

The event will feature nine races over the three days starting with the launch of the Aussie Va’a Solo V1 16 kms and 10 kms and OC1/2 National Championships 18km and 10kms on Friday with over 200 individuals competing.  

Saturday and Sunday are OC6 team racing with over 220 teams of 6 paddlers across all race divisions: mixed, women's, and men's and age categories from U16 through to Platinum teams.

The annual National Marathon Championships were held at Mooloolaba Spit Parkland in prior years and we are thrilled to be showcasing our event again at this spectacular location. 

The sunshine coast is an amazing destination for our paddling community with loads of attractions to explore, places to eat and enjoy the natural beauty.  

"We are excited to be returning to Mooloolaba to host this years National Marathon Championships in partnership with an amazing event team of volunteers across zones and clubs," said Janine Nikora, Vice President of AOCRA. 

"We are pleased to showcase Outrigger canoe racing at Mooloolaba Spit Park location which offers beautiful ocean waters to race in. Our paddling community enjoy the returning to the stunning Sunshine Coast and when not racing, supporting the local cafes and restaurants in the area as well. With club teams from around Australia competing, this year's event promises to be competitive and challenging across all age divisions”.


With the start and finish line located at Mooloolaba Spit Parkland, spectators will have the opportunity to see the excitement of the race up close and everyone is welcome to attend over the weekend. 

Day and Time:

Friday 24 May - Welcome and Blessing at 7:30am

Saturday 25 May - Welcome and Blessing at 7:00am.

We wish all of the paddlers the very best of racing across all races and excited to see who will be 2024 Club Champions. 

For more information about the National Marathon Championships 2024, including how to register a team or become a sponsor for 2025, visit our website at  



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