Houston Kayak & Canoe Club to Host 2013 Marathon Trials Site

Sept. 14, 2012, 2:51 p.m. (ET)

The Houston Kayak & Canoe Club is pleased to announce that Sugar Land, Texas has been selected as the host venue for the 2013 USA Canoe & Kayak Marathon Team Trials. This prestigious event serves as the assessment race to determine which athletes represent the USA in the ICF Marathon World Championships (Denmark, September 2013).   

The Marathon Team Trials will be held on Brooks Lake on the weekend of May 18th  (ICF singles) and May 19th  (ICF doubles).  The course will consist of between four and seven laps of 4.3 kilometers (2.67-miles) each depending on the racer’s classification. 

Brooks Lake offers unprecedented convenience for out-of-state competitors. The newly built Hyatt Place on the lakefront is the host hotel. The Lake Pointe Town Center is located directly across the lake from the Hyatt, and is connected by a pedestrian bridge. Lake Pointe includes a dozen restaurants, a Whole Foods Market, and a running and bicycle shop.      

Brooks Lake is approximately 1.3 miles long before connecting to Oyster Creek. It is 10 feet deep from end to end, with only a slightly shallower section near the back buoy turn. It is roughly 60-meters wide at the front & back buoy turns, and 120-meters across in the center. This smaller setting offers spectators a chance to witness a majority of the marathon from one location. The portage is on manicured grass, with both ingress & egress on carpeted shallow inclines -- safe for composite racing boats. 

Detailed information including a video presentation of the course will be posted soon.   

For more information please contact the event organizer, Brad Pennington at rbpennington@hotmail.com.

USACK Marathon Committee Chair
Joseph P. Shaw
PO Box 104
27 Old North Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Phone: 413-537-8821
Email: Josephpshaw@hotmail.com