18th VÕHANDU MARATHON
April 22, 2023
Until the start of the MARATHON
If your desire is to see pristine nature and spend one athletic day paddling, this is the marathon for you. Remember! "You Can Do More Than You Think". Every kilometer you recall later on the sauna deck is pure pleasure. You want it over and over, it may not be right now, but it won't give you peace anymore. WE WILL MEET April 22, 2023 in Võru.
To the start of the marathon are allowed maximum 1500 boats (about 2,700 paddlers), the registratsion begins 1-st of january at 12:00:01 am (in Estonian time) Registration runs until the 31-st of march or until 1500 boats are filled.
a medal worth coming for!
We have received the medals of the 18th Võhandu Marathon. All marathon finishers receive such a medal. For the design of the medal, we drew inspiration from the mighty achievement of the canoeists of 2022, when they won the Võhandu Marathon for the first time in the canoe class.
All applicants can pick up their medal as early as 22.04.2023!
The marathon runs from Lake Tamula to Võõpsu boat harbor. Self-challenging challenges lie ahead on the 100-kilometer trail. It is everyone's story about the river, beauty and pain, suffering and pleasure. At the finish, all the finishers can say in praise: "I've paddled the whole river in one day!" This is your 100-kilometer story. Come and invite a friend! Paddle as a participant or support yours on the river bank!
Good luck with your trainings and see you at the start.
Remember! "You can do more than you think"
|18th VM||2023||April 22|
|19th VM||2024||April 20|
|20th VM||2025||April 19|
|21st VM||2026||April 18|
|22nd VM||2027||April 24|
952 boats started 911 finished 96%
After leaving Lake Tamula in Võru, the riverbanks are low, but they rise gradually until after some hours of canoeing the river enters a primeval valley. The steep and forested riverbanks of the primeval valley are interspersed with adjoining valleys and numerous sandstone outcrops. There are many springs and caves in the sandstone cliffs and adjoining valleys. In the last part of the marathon the riverbanks are low again.
There are great views from the river of wild forests, meadows and sandstone outcrops that our ancestors used to call walls.
Seven water mills have been built on the river, only ruins are left of some of them - passing the dams of these water mills should get your adrenaline going.