Enderby Hosts 2008 Marathon Canoe and Kayak National Championships

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The 2008 Marathon Canoe and Kayak National Championships received $5,000 from Hosting BC. The event attracted 71 athletes, aged 14-79, who came from the US and from five provinces/territories. There were 200 spectators and a webcast audience estimated at 10,000. Thirty volunteers supported the event.

The Championships introduced local residents to an environmentally friendly sport that can be enjoyed throughout a lifetime. Direct economic benefit included increased revenues for hospitality industries and local suppliers with many athletes and families staying post-event to enjoy tourism destinations in the region. Organizers were proud that youth and members of the local First Nations community were significantly involved in the event. A canoe purchased for the event was left on site for community use.

Hosting BC provides BC communities with funding to host national and international sport events. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.