SATURDAY 30TH NOV 2019
Paddle 25km and run a half marathon over 2 days to determine the first King and Queen of the Murray
Paddle the Murray
Peaches and Cream Paddle
2 distances: 25 km & 12km
4 methods: double blade, single blade, stand or row.
Run the Murray
Running of the Black Bull Festival
4 distances: 21.1 km 10.55 km 7 km 2 km
BE PART OF THE CHALLENGE
In 2018 the Murray Quad has changed its format to concentrate on two events a paddle and a run held over 2 days. These events can be done individually or do both as part of a relay or as an individual for a chance to be the first King and Queen of the Murray.
In the past the Murray Quad has involved 4 sports; Swimming, Running, Cycling and Paddling over a 141km course that started in Yarrawonga and finishes in Tocumwal on the mighty Murray River. This test of endurance proved quite a challenge for the average weekend warrior so in this year we have set a new challenge with a paddle held over the same course on Saturday afternoon and the introduction of 4 separate run options on Sunday morning including the most anticipated event of the Murray Quad the Q (Quarter Marathon)
THE 2019 EVENT
The 2019 Murray quad will now be held over 2-days with each day highlighting one sport.
Saturday 30th of November from 1pm
Paddle the Murray
Peaches and cream paddle – Make your way down the Mighty Murray River in a water craft of your choice.
Choose one of 4 methods to complete your 25km journey (+ half distance 12km)
- Single Blade – Canoe, Outriggers, Dragon Boats, Raft
- Double Blade – Kayak, Surf Ski,
- Stand – SUP Stand Up Paddleboard
- Backwards – Oared craft, rowing skull, coxless or coxed rowing, Surfboat
Prior to the start of the paddle, there will be a free Paddlepower session
What is Paddlepower?
Paddlepower: The Paddlesport award scheme for young people that has been designed to meet the needs of young people. It’s colourful and youth centred approach aims to:
- Encourage more young people to come into and stay in the sport
- Provide progression and reward achievement in a wide range of topics
- Show them all aspects of the sport – both competitive and adventurous
- Provide signposts into Clubs where their skills and development can be nurtured
- Provide a flexible structure for delivery according to venue/situation
- The scheme comprises 5 Awards to support a young paddler’s introduction and progress in Paddlesport.
Sunday 1st of December from 7.45am
Run the Murray
Running of the Black Bull Festival – Enjoy a run along Lake Mulwala and through the Silverwoods Golf and lifestyle resort
4 Great courses to choose from.
- 21.1km Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon.
- 10.55km Quarter Marathon (Do the Q)
- 7km Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism & Business Trail Run
- 2km Macca’s Kids/Parents Fun Run including the 400 mt Dash 4 Cash
Saturday 30th Nov and 1st Dec
King and Queen of the Murray
Fastest combined time for 25km paddle & 21.1km run.
Do both the paddle and the run which is a true test of both upper and lower body strength over a well-established distance for each sport the title of the first King and Queen of the Murray will be awarded to the male and female with the fastest combine time for the 25km paddle down the Murray River and the half marathon.
Relay teams of 2 or 4 people can also enter.
REGISTER TODAY TO BOOK YOUR SPOT
ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY
The Murray Quad gives participants the chance to escape to the country for a weekend to paddle on the Murray River and or a run alongside Lake Mulwala. The King and Queen of the Murray honour will be awarded to the person with the fastest combined time for the paddle and run.
The Murray Quad is a unique event that is held Australia’s longest river the mighty Murray River. Day 1 involves a paddle, row or surf downstream on the Murray River from Cobram to Tocumwal. Day 2 offers a variety of run courses alongside Lake Mulwala and through the Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle resort. The race is conducted under a set distance and guidelines that have been established by several Australian governing associations also satisfying sanctioning by the WQF (World Quadrathlon Federation) for future accreditation.
Event Activities – Paddle
Paddle Registration Race Briefing & Starts
What: Registration, boat number and timing devise collection, Compulsory safety briefing for participants in the paddle 15 min prior to start
Where: Thompson Beach, Rd Cobram
When: Saturday 30th November
Registration open 11.30am, Free paddlepower session 1.00pm, Race Briefing 2.45pm, Le Mans Start 3.00pm
Finish Line Celebrations
What: Cheer your paddler across the line and take part in celebrations at the finish.
Where: Town Beach, Tocumwal.
When: 5pm to 6.30pm, Saturday 30th November
Awards Ceremony & Run Registration
What: Dinner, drinks celebrations and award presentations including the fastest male and female to complete the 25km and we will unveil who is the fastest 4 on the water. Plus, registration for the Sunday running events.
Where: Byramine Homestead Brewery, Murray Valley Highway
When: 7.30pm Saturday 30th November
Event Activities – Run
Run Registration, Race Briefing & Starts
What: Registration, bib and timing devise collection for your run Compulsory safety briefing will be held 15 mins prior to each race
Where: Yarrawonga Rowing Club, Botts Rd Yarrawonga Vic
When: Sunday 1st December
Registration open 6.30am, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon Start 7.45am, Trail Run 8.30am, Kids and Parent Fun Run 10.30am
Finish Line Celebrations
What: Cheer your runners across the line and take part in celebrations at the finish.
Where: Yarrawonga Rowing Club
When: 9am to 11am, Sunday 1st December
What: Lunch, drinks celebrations and award presentations including the King and Queen of the Murray the fastest male and female to complete the 25km paddler and half marathon.
When: 11.30am Sunday 1st December
Part triathlon (no swimming! Dy Tri), part adventure race (no fire!), the Murray Quad is a fun but challenging race held on the Victoria NSW border that starts in Cobram on Saturday and ends in Yarrawonga on Sunday, taking participants down Australia’s longest river, testing their power output on a spin bike and experience the beautiful manicured fairways of the Black Bull Golf Course Individuals and teams will use their choice of human powered water transport (kayak, canoe, rowing boat or SUP) to navigate their way down the Mighty Murray River, test their bike riding skills in the safety of the Balance Spin Studio and run through the picturesque Golf Course located alongside the famed Lake Mulwala water’s edge, each event held separately. The Murray Quad is a unique event that offers participants 3 completely different type of activities that can be done individually combine any 2 of the 3 events, a dry tri (swim replaced with a paddle) or as a relay team.
Peaches and Cream Paddle
25km or 12km.
The Murray Quad starts on Saturday afternoon with a 25km downstream race that begins with a le mans start run from the grass area on Thompson Beach Cobram to the river’s banks were competitor will entry their boat to begin the paddle on Australia’s longest river the Murray River. Once on the water paddlers will need to be self-sufficient with food and water as required, with the opportunity to replenish at the checkpoint/relay change over at Smithers Beach which is also the start of the 12km half distance race. From here paddlers will twist and turn through the Murray River Red Gum Forest passing some of Australia’s best inland beaches to arrive at Tocumwal Town Beach.
There will be 4 classes to complete the journey, that can be done as an individual, double or team as well as a half distance relay option.
- Double Blade – Kayak
- Single Blade – Canoe
- Backward – Row
- Stand – SUP
Spin the Murray
(40km spin bike session)
Following the paddle participants drive to Balance Spin Studio in Mulwala for a 40km timed spin session. Session start at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm choose your time and pedal away. Can anyone break 50 minutes.
Running of the Black Bull
21.1km Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon.
The Black Bull Golf Course plays host to one of the most challenging and spectacular half marathon events ever held. The run will start and finish at the Yarrawonga rowing beginning with a run along the recently completed Lake Mulwala boardwalk to the first hole of the Black Bull Golf Course following each of the 18 holes to finish a unique round of golf returning to the rowing club to complete the first half the run and the Q (Quarter Marathon). The second half involves a run around the streets of the Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort plus a run along the Murray Valley Highway. As the race is a two-lap event there is a changeover located at the start finish hub for relay teams.
Do the Q -10.55km Quarter Marathon.
The Q (Quarter Marathon – 10.549km) is a very achievable marathon and can be the first stepping stone to your goal of a full distance marathon. The Q is a beginner-friendly race, that has a variety of surfaces; grass fairways (we are extremely lucky to have permission to run on the fairways of the Black Bull Golf Course), trail tracks, concrete and gravel paths. The Q course also doubles as the first half of the half marathon therefore both have a chance to race against each other and win cash prizes and race record for Australia’s only official quarter marathon.
The Back Nine (6.5km)
The run will start at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club run along the Lake Mulwala Foreshore to the Black Bull Por Shop and use the last 9 holes of the Black Bull Golf Course before returning to the Rowing Club. Walkers and Juniors are welcome to participate.
Kids and Parents Run Walk (2km)
The Kids Parents fun run will start and finish at the Yarrawonga rowing club and will follow the same boardwalk track across the over the water bridges then return straight back to Finish Hub. The event also includes a Dash 4 Cash were participants sprint to the boardwalk to collect a ball that will reveals a prize at the end of the race.
Murray Dry Tri
25km Paddle – 40km Spin – 21.1km Run
A Dry Tri is a Triathlon without a swim leg often substituting kayaking or a paddling event in place of a swim leg. This may or may not keep you dry. Test your endurance and recovery with 3 separate events at different times and locations over 2 days.
There are 4 segments of the Murray Quad paddle and run course with each event split in 2, the first and second half of the paddle and the quarter marathon and second section of the half marathon for the run, plus the spin can be split in half 30 minutes each. This offers participants the opportunity to enter a relay team. Teams nominate who will be completing each of these sections. Two relay options are available for the those who would like to be involved as a team: a 2-person team with each person selecting their own segments or a 3-person team were one person does each leg. The team with the quickest combined time for the 25km paddle down the Murray River, 40km spin and the half marathon will be crowned the winner.
OTHER MULTI-DISCIPLINE OPTIONS
Paddle & Pedal 25km Paddle – 40km Spin.
The first day of the MQ involves a 25km paddle down the Murray River and a spin bike session recording your time to complete 50km, this one-day event option is available.
King & Queen of the Murray 25km Paddle – 21.1km Run.
This is a true test of both upper and lower body strength over a well-established distance for each sport the title of the King and Queen of the Murray will be awarded to the male and female with the fastest combine time for the 25km paddle down the Murray River and the half marathon run on the award-winning Black Bull Golf Course
Fifty & Fit 40km Spin and Quarter Marathon Run.
This is the ultimate test of a person’s leg speed and power; the goal is to complete each task in under 50 minutes setting the time to beat. As an added incentive there is also a discount entry for anyone 50years old and above
Rules + Support
The safety of everyone involved in the Murray Quad is the most important part of the race.
Although the Murray Quad has changed its format the event will still be conducted under a set distance and guidelines that are based on the requirements for the event to be sanctioned by the WQF (World Quadrathlon Federation) and satisfy the rules of several Australian governing associations that control the four different individual sports involved. The Peaches and Cream Paddle is sanctioned by Canoeing Victoria and is also the first race of the Canoeing Victoria Summer series therefore all kayakers and canoeist must abide to the attached canoe marathon rules.
A current set of run rules will be available soon.
The safety of everyone involved in the Murray Quad is the most important part of the race therefore support crews will play an important role in the safety of their team whether that is an individual competitor or a full relay team.
We will do everything we can to keep people safe at the Murray Quad, but we need your help too.