Marathon history

2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   2004   2003

KWM in numbers that do not change:
Collective start: at 11:00AM
Distance for solid boats: 36 km
Distance for rafts and punts: 26 km
Flow rate in the Vltava river: approx. 20 m3/s
Number of weirs: 9 resp. 7
Refreshment points: 1

…and in numbers that do change

14th year

Date of marathon: 8th October 2016
Number of categories: 25 and 6 student
Boats starting: 514 boats (312 from Vyšší Brod, 133 from Rožmberk nad Vltavou and 69 from Pískárna)
Boats finishing: 501 boats
That is 1023 competitors!
International participation: watermen from 21 world countries: AUS, AUT, BEL, CAN, CRO, DEN, ESP, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, LTU, NED, POL, ROU, RUS, SLO, SRB, SVK

Winners:
•   K2 M – PASCAL LUCKER, ANDREAS HEILINGER (GER, NED) in a time of 2:00:06
•   The fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was a mens punt – WC SERVIS in a time of 1:54:27

2016
2015

13th year

•    A part of the international series 2015 CLASSIC CANOE MARATHON WORLD SERIES

Date of marathon: 10th October 2015
Number of categories: 24 and 6 student
Boats starting: 541 boats (333 from Vyšší Brod, 157 from Rožmberk nad Vltavou and 51 from Pískárna)
Boats finishing: 529 boats That is over 1131 competitors!
International participation: watermen from 21 world countries: AUS, AUT, BEL, CAN, CRO, DEN, ESP, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, LAT, LTU, NED, NZL, POL, RSA, SLO, SUI, SVK

Winners:
•   K2 M – KAREL SLEPICA, TOMÁŠ SLOVÁK (CZE) in a time of 2:03:23,78
•   The fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was a mens punt – WC SERVIS in a time of 1:57:38,60

12th year

•    A part of  international series 2014 CLASSIC CANOE MARATHON WORLD SERIES

Date of marathon: 11th October 2014
Number of categories: 23 and 6 student
Boats starting: 460 boats (297 from Vyšší Brod, 127 from Rožmberk nad Vltavou and 36 from Pískárna)
Boats finishing: 438 boats
That is over 1000 competitors!
55 lifesavers and firemen on 9 marathon weirs 114 life saving interventions on the weirs
International participation: watermen from 17 world countries: AUS, AUT, BEL, CRO, DEN, ESP, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, LAT, LTU, NED, RSA, SLO, SVKK

Winners:
•    K2 M – KAREL SLEPICA, TOMÁŠ SLOVÁK (CZE) in a time of 1:58:43,73
•    The fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was the punt men – WC SERVIS in a time of 2:03:13,69

Weather conditions: 18°C, almost sunny

2014
2013

11th year

•    A part of  international series 2013 CLASSIC CANOE MARATHON WORLD SERIES
•    Czech Championship in category SUP (paddleboard)
•    Realized under the patronage of the Minister for the Local Development Ing. Kamil Jankovský

Date of marathon: 12th October 2013
Number of categories: 22 and 6 student
Boats registered: 497
Boats starting: 438 boats (292 + 1 runner from Vyšší Brod, 113 from Rožmberk nad Vltavou and 33 from Pískárna)
Boats finishing: 438 boats That is 978 competitors!
International participation: racers from 15 world countries: AUS, AUT, BEL, CRO, DEN, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, LAT, LTU, NED, RUS, SUI, SVK

Winners:
•    K2 M – KAMIL MRŮZEK, MICHAEL ODVÁRKO (CZE) in a time of 2:00:02
•    The fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was a men punt – Gang Dubínek in a time of 2:06:49

Weather conditions: It was cold in Vyšší Brod and Rožmberk nad Vltavou. Sun did not warm up the racers until the very end.

10th year

•    A part of  international series 2013 CLASSIC CANOE MARATHON WORLD SERIES
•    Czech Championship in category SUP (paddleboard)
•   Realized under the patronage of South Bohemian District Chief Executive Mgr. Jiří Zimola and Minister for the Local Development Ing. Kamil Jankovský

Date of marathon: 13th October 2012
Number of categories: 21 and 5 student
Boats registered: 517 (340 from Vyšší Brod, 144 from Rožmberk nad Vltavou and 33 from Pískárna)
Boats starting: 449 boats
Boats finishing: 441 boats
That is 1016 competitors!
International participation: racers from 19 world countries: AUS, AUT, CRO, DEN, ESP, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, LAT, LTU, NED, NZL, RUS, SLO, SUI, SVK, USA

Winners:
•    K2 M – TOMÁŠ JEŽEK, PETR MOJŽÍŠEK (CZE) in a time of 2:03:15
•    The fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was a mens punt – Gang Dubínek in a time of 2:06:49

Weather conditions: It was cold and misty at the start in Vyšší Brod and in Rožmberk nad Vltavou. The sun appeared as every year during the race and continued shining during the whole race duration.

2012
2011

9th year

•   A part of  international series 2011 CLASSIC CANOE MARATHON WORLD SERIES
•   Czech Championship in category P5W, P5M
•   Open Czech Championship in category SUP (paddleboard)
•   Realized under the patronage of South Bohemian District Chief Executive Mgr. Jiří Zimola

Date of marathon: 8th October 2011
Number of categories: 23 and 5 student
Boats registered: 475 (321 kayaks and canoes, 89 rafts and punts, 24 SUP, 4 C9 and 37 in student marathon)
Boats starting: 436 (292 kayaks and canoes, 88 rafts and punts, 1 dragon boat + 19 SUP 1 DRAGON BOAT and 36 in student marathon)
Boats finishing: 427 boats That is approximately 900 – 1000 competitors!
International participation: racers from 15 world countries: AUT, CRO, DEN, ESP, EST, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, LAT, LTU, NED, NZL, SUI, SVK

Winners:
•    K2 M – MICHAEL ODVÁRKO, JAKUB ADAM (CZE) in a record time of 1:58:07
•    fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was punt men – Gang Dubínek in a time of 2:04:12

Weather conditions: It was raining and very cold before the start in Vyšší Brod and Rožmberk nad Vltavou. The weather improved around 11:00 and the start was without rain. There were a few showers during the race. Rain started again at the finish line and it was cold. Heavy rain started after the winner announcement.

8th year

•    A part of  international series EUROPEAN CANOE&KAYAK MARATHON TOUR 2010
•    Czech Championship in category R4W, R4M, P5W, P5M
•    Realized under the patronage of Chair of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Ing. Miloslav Vlček and the South Bohemian District Chief Executive Mgr. Jiří Zimola

Date of marathon: 9th October 2010
Number of categories: 21 and 5 student
Boats registered: 416 (302 kayaks and canoes, 88 rafts and punts, 26 in student marathon)
Boats starting: 389 (285 kayaks and canoes, 75 rafts and punts, 1 dragon boat  and 28 in student marathon)
Boats finishing: 386 boats (357 + one undamaged dragon boat + 28 student boats)
That is approximately 900 – 1000 competitors!
International participation: racers from 15 world countries: AUS, AUT, BEL, CRO, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, POL, RUS, SLO, SVK

Winners:
•    K2 M – MICHAEL ODVÁRKO, JAKUB ADAM (CZE) in a time of 2:03:00
•    fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was punt men – Gang Dubínek in a time of 2:15:50

Weather conditions: It was cold and misty in Vyšší Brod at the start. The sun started shining during the race and it was sunny all day.

2010
2009

7th year

•   A part of  international series EUROPEAN CANOE&KAYAK MARATHON TOUR 2009
•   Czech Championship in category R4W, R4M, P5W, P5M
•   Realized under the patronage of Chair of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Ing. Miloslav Vlček and the South Bohemian District Chief Executive Mgr. Jiří Zimola

Date of marathon: 10th October 2009
Number of categories: 22 and 5 student
Boats registered: record number of 450 boats (340 kayaks and canoes, 80 rafts and punts, 26 in student marathon)
Boats starting: 409 (308 kayaks and canoes, 78 rafts and punts, 1 dragon boat and 22 in student marathon)
Boats finishing: 393 boats (371 + one undamaged dragon boat + 21 student boats)
That is in total 926 competitors including 17 dragons!
International participation: racers from 11 world countries: AUT, CRO, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, LTU, POL, SLO, SVK

Winners:
•    K2 M – Petr Jambor, Marian Lachkovič (CZE/SVK) in a time of 2:05:26
•    fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was punt men – Gang Dubínek in a time of 2:20:42
•    Dragon boat started for the first time in history of KWM – DRAGON BOAT FORESKINS MARATHON EXPRESS  (OUTDOOR CLUB HANACE České Budějovice) It finished 3rd in the category starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou and 23rd altogether in a time of 2:22:24
Lifesavers assisted on 9 weirs and at the finish line more than 200 times

Weather conditions: It was rainy, cold and misty at the start in Vyšší Brod. Sun started shining during the race and the sun shone during the entire race. It was warm in the evening and it started raining after the winners announcement…..that did not matter to us anymore as we started the party at the Eggenberg restaurant. We were just lucky with the weather this time!

6th year

•    A part of  international series EUROPEAN CANOE&KAYAK MARATHON TOUR 2008
•    Czech Championship in category R4W, R4M, P5W, P5M
•    Realized under the patronage of Chair of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Ing. Miloslav Vlček

Date of marathon: 11th October 2008
Number of categories: 22 (7 combined for the European Tour)
Boats registered: 291 (222 kayaks and canoes, 69 rafts and punts)
Boats starting: 273 (210 kayaks and canoes, 63 rafts and punts)
Boats finishing: 265 That is approximately 800 competitors
International participation: racers from 10 world countries: AUT, CRO, DEN, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, SVK

Winners:
• K2M – Rudy Gerard, Quentin Bonnetain (FRA) v čase 2:02:34
• fastest crew starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was for the third time punt men WD PROSTĚJOV: Zbyněk Netopil, Jan Mašek, Michal Hric, Jaroslav Pospíšil a Stanislav Ježek) in a time of 2:22:36

Weather conditions: It was very misty at both starts. The Alfa helicopter could not even join the racers from the start and stayed at the airport in Hosín. It arrived with the first competitors at the finish line. The sun started shining at Herbertov and we experienced an „autumn heatwave“ in Český Krumlov. We could have short sleeves on 22°C! The good weather lasted until sunset and we did not care afterwards as the party started in the Eggenberg restaurant!

2008
2007

5th year

•   Was a part of international series EUROPEAN CANOE&KAYAK MARATHON TOUR 2007

Date of marathon: 13th October 2007
Number of categories: 21 (6 out of these combined for the European Tour)
Boats registered: 262
Boats starting: 251 boats (600 racers)
Boats finished: 238 boats
International participation: racers from 10 world countries: 10 AUT, CRO, DEN, FRA, GER, HUN, IRL, ITA, NZL, SVK

Winners:
• K2M – Kamil Mrůzek, Tomáš Ježek (Dukla Brandýs, USK Praha) in a time of 2:02:01,93
• Fastest crue starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou was punt men WD PROSTĚJOV (M.Hric, Z.Netopil, D.Mrůzek, J.Pospíšil, J.Neset) in a time of 2:19:15,33

Weather conditions: It was typical October weather – cloudy and cold. It was really cold at night.

4th year

Date of marathon: 14th October 2006
Number of categories: published 19, filled 18
Boats registered: 195 kayaks, canoes, punts and rafts Boats starting: 183 boats, that is almost 550 racers
Boats finished: 182 boats (only 1 crew C2mix did not finish)
International participation: racers from 7 European countries: AUT, DEN, FRA, GER, HUN, SVK, SWE

Winners:
• From kayaks and canoes starting from Vyšší Brod (36km): crew K2 – Max HOFF and Stephan STIEFENHÖFER (GER-ECST Raumheim) 2:06:01,39
• From punt crews and rafts starting from Rožmberk nad Vltavou (26km): punt men WD PROSTĚJOV: brothers Hric, Jaroslav Pospíšil, Jakub Vlček and Zbyněk Netopil – 2:06:10,96

Weather conditions: The weather could not be better – a  sunny and very warm autumn day, when we could run along the banks of the river in short sleeves! Air temperature at the finish line was 19°C .

2006
2005

3rd year

Date of marathon: 15th October 2005
Number of categories: 14
Boats subscribed: 125 boats
Boats starting: 111 boats
Boats finishing: 109 boats

Winner:
punt Prosport Olomouc (Herzán, Mašek, Ježek, Bozděch) – in a time of 2:11:08

Weather conditions: Very thick mist in the morning that disappeared by the time we started,the sun came up afterwards and shone all day. The temperature rose to 19°C.

2nd year

Date of marathon: 16th October 2004
Number of categories: 14
Boats registered: 136 boats
Boats starting: 132 boats
Boats finishing: 122 boats

Winner: Kamil Mrůzek – K1sen – in a time of 2:10:52

Weather conditions: It was raining all day and the weather was unpleasant.

2004
2003

1st year

Date of marathon: 27th October 2003
Number of categories: 12
Boats starting: 86 boats

Winner: Kamil Mrůzek – K1sen – in a time of 2:13:06

Weather conditions: It was (that is really a minus) -9°C and snow. It did not get above zero even at the finish in Český Krumlov.