Long term tradition of this event comes from giving honour to young athlete Ivan Hargaš, who tragically died during WW2 fights. His memory is honoured by organizing this sporting event by VK Tatran Club, who organizes this kayaking marathon since 1946. Main idea is to give respect and remember great loss and to show beauty of this sport to other generations as well.
Two days marathon featured track from Bratislava to Šamorín. Athletes competed in 6 categories. International teams were present too. Teams from Czech republic, Hungary, Serbia, Portugal, Germany, Australia and South African Republic. "We wanted to meet requirements of competitors, thats the reason why we slightly improved the track to make it more interesting" informed Roman Kiss, the organizer.
First stage with start at Madarász recreation area ended at the same spot with turnaround at Veľké Blahovo. Clasification after first stage was carried to starting list of second stage (Gundersen method).
Fastest time at 27km long first stage was reached by K2 team Adrián Boros and László Solti - 1:40:14.
Čilistov area at Šamorin hosted second stage with start scheduled at 13:00 on Sunday afternoon. Track offered 25 kilometers with finish at x-bionic® sphere where was held final ceremony as well. Fastest time from this stage reached also hungarian couple of K2 team Gere Bálint and Márton Meszároš - 1:39:03.
Overall clasification winner become K2 team Adrián Boros and László Solti with time 3:19:17. Second Gere Bálint and Márton Meszároš in 3:19:19 and third Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko with overall time 3:21:23.
European champion Renata Csay competing in K1 categorie reached 2nd. place with time 3:54:02 only seconds after Krisztina Bedocs - 3:53:53. According to Kiss, she did no perform kayak carryover well, that cost her first place.
Slovakian fastest time reached Marián Lachkovič in K1 with time 3:44:30. "Its no very common to see young athlete competing at endurance tracks, however, he is doing well", added Kiss.
Whole event was supported by cheering spectators and live concert of Emma Drobna made whole sporting action even more pleasant.