The largest line-up of athletes in history are set to start in Denmark at the 2013 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championship on Lake Bagsvaerd, Copenhagen from the 20-22 September.
The 2013 World Championships is the 21st edition of the ultimate canoeing endurance test and boasts 410 athletes from 37 nations.
“After last year’s World Cup on Lake Bagsværd we got many positive comments concerning our attractive stadium and the practical conduct of the event,” said Chairman of the Danish Canoe Federation, Ole Tikjøb.
“We are now reaping the rewards for that and we’re proud that Denmark and Lake Bagsvaerd can put their names and facilities to the largest Canoe Marathon World Championship in history.”
The ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships started in 1998 with competitions run biannually until 1999.
This year the organisers are looking, not only, to host a world-class competition; they will look to break new ground by setting the highest possible standards in sustainability.
“Last year at the World Cup, we tested the sustainability of the event. This year we look forward to taking one more step towards a green event at the Canoe Marathon World Championships,” said Lars Lundov, Managing Director of Sport Event Denmark.
“The sport consortium, in which Sport Event Denmark is the operator, supports the green initiative and we expect to benefit from our experiences here at future international events in Denmark. We will share our experiences with a network of federations and media abroad.”
The organisers are aiming to meet an ISO-standard for sustainable event management. This standard is based on set criteria around waste management and environmental impact.
The Danish Canoe Federation is joining forces with the municipalities of Gladsaxe and Lyngby-Taarbaek, Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen to deliver the pinnacle event of the ICF canoe marathon season.