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.

Võhandu Marathon medal -

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!

Võhandu Marathon garantees to surprise you

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"

Your five-year paddling plan in Estonia

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


A reminder from 2022, when the 17th Võhandu Marathon took place!

23. april
952 boats started  911 finished    96%

Entered 1089
Started 952 (-137)
Finishers 911 (-41)

Men S
Women S
Fastest Time 07:24:19
Average Time 13:19:33
Slowest Time 22:21:51


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.