Paddling the Marathon of Lignano for 23 km is a task only for the strongest stand up paddlers on Saturday at the event organized by Tiliaventum, supported by several local sport associations.

Ahead of the athletes, an extreme challenge with a route comprising the counterclockwise circumnavigation of the Lignano peninsula, starting from the beach on the way to the sea, along the coast, entering then in the peaceful lagoon, facing the currents of the channel of the venetian coast and the mouth of Tagliamento river, and again to the open sea in order to get to the longed arrival.

The challenge was open also to different human-powered vessels employing a paddle/oar, which saw the participation of the canoe champion Eros Comisso, who defeated everyone by stopping the clock at 2 hours and 5 minutes. For the SUP, an affirmation for the champion of the world ranking list Filippo Mercuriali (2 hours 22 minutes – single racer category). Mercuriali was followed by Alessandro Sapigni, Michele Capizzi and first woman Sara Spadazzi (less than 3 hours in the single racer women category).

Then followed German Marion Rappl, in the senior over 50 in an all-German podium with Arnold Dunzinger followed by Rudolf Haverkamp e Manfred Hocher.

Within the relay category excelled the MD Systems team with 2 racers: the locals Toso-Ionico which were followed by the Austrians Pacher-Shiller and Patti-Sanson. Within the category all-round boards there were Crivellari-Crivellary (2 racers category), MD Systems Sup Team (Cavalli, Delle Vedove, Susanna, Strisino) (4 racers category), Memento Audere Semper (5 racers); within the category all-round single the 1st place went to Giuseppe Monaco, followed by Pavlo Horiarchy and Sandro Lotti.

It has been a sunny day to be framed for the participants coming from Austria, Germany, Italy, Ukraine and Slovenia, which helped to confirm the sporting vocation of this city and in particular for the sea sports in this fragile period due to the well-known health situation which constrained the organisers to adopt all the necessary measures and to change the group start to a single start for every participant each 10 seconds.

Organisers are already working to ensure the Lignano Sup Marathon 2021 will be able to welcome the international champions who were not able to be present this year due to travel constraints.

Canoe 2020 Lignano marathon

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