WAGGA Bidgee Canoe Club is hopeful the return of Oura to Wagga Beach marathon race will help convince Paddle NSW to award them a higher profile race.
Canberra's Russell Wood took out overall honours after finishing the 23km course in one hour, 36 minutes after water levels forced organisers to make a late course change to start the race at Braehour Reserve, while Emma Flower won the women's race.
The club hasn't been awarded a race by Paddle NSW for the past two years, so opted to bring back the event after a 16 year absence.
A bit over 30 boats competed across men's, women's and double craft formats.
"There's a similar race in Albury next weekend, and we just thought it was an opportune time to get some locals supporting these types of races," race organiser Laurie Fitzpatrick said.
"The river was pretty low, it dropped half a metre over the previous two days so that was a bit of a challenge, but that's part of marathon racing.
"When you race in rivers it's part of the deal, you just deal with what's there and because it was low it was quite safe.
"Everyone enjoyed the course, there was a way through all the time and they didn't have to get out and run over gravel races and so forth.
Paddlers came from a number of different centres to compete including Sydney, Canberra, Swan Hill and throughout regional NSW.
Mitta Mitta Kayak Club will hold another marathon race on the Murray river at Albury this Saturday and Sunday.