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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)

NEW TO THE 2018 EVENT

The 2018 Murray quad will now be held over 2-days with each day highlighting one sport.

Saturday 24th 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 25th of November 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 24th and 25th of November

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.

Day 1, Saturday 24th of November

Paddle Starts in Cobram at 3pm

Paddle from Cobram to Tocumwal

Day 2, Sunday 25th of November

Run Starts in Yarrawonga at 7.45am

Half Marathon Course

Day 2, Sunday 25th of November

Run Starts in Yarrawonga at 7.45am

Q Course

Day 2, Sunday 25th of November

Run Starts in Yarrawonga at 7.45am

Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism & Business Trail Run

Day 2, Sunday 25th of November

Run Starts in Yarrawonga at 7.45am

Macca’s Kids & Parents Fun Run

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

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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 24th 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 24th 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 24th November

Event Activities – Run

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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 25th November

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 25th November

Awards Ceremony

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.
Where: TBC
When: 11.30am Sunday 25th November

THE EVENT

The Murray Quad is a unique event that offers participants 2 completely different type of activities the upper body is tested with a paddle, row or surf and then on the next day the lower body get a work out on a variety of courses including Australia’s only quarter marathon.

Paddle and Run the Murray

King and Queen of the Murray

25km Paddle and 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 first King and Queen of the Murray will be awarded to the male and female with the fastest combined time for the 25km paddle down the Murray River and the half marathon that includes a trail run along the Lake Mulwala foreshore and the unique opportunity to run on the undulating fairways of the Black Bull Golf Course at Silverwoods Golf Course and Lifestyle Resort.

 

Community Relay Teams

There are 4 segments of the Murray Quad course as both the paddle and the run can be split, the first and second half of the paddle and the quarter marathon and second section of the half marathon for the run, 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 or a 4-person team. The team with the quickest combined time for the 25km paddle down the Murray River and the half marathon will be crowned the winner.

 

Peaches and Cream Paddle

25km Peaches and Cream paddle.

The paddle is a 25km downstream canoe marathon race that will begin with a run from the grass area on Thompson Beach to the water edge to wear 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. 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

Plus, a special challenge to determine the fastest 4 on water – K4 vs Quad Skull.  As well as the crowning of the new King SUP & Queen SUP

Running of the Black Bull

21.1km Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon.

The run will start and finish at the Yarrawonga rowing club and utilize some of the best walking tracks along the Lake Mulwala foreshore en route runners will run along he newly upgraded Yarrawonga foreshore trail, through Chinaman’s Island nature reserves and the Silverwoods Golf Course and Lifestyle Resort. The race will be a two lap with a changeover located at the transition area for relay teams.

Do the Q -10.55km Quarter Marathon.

The Murray Quad 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 (very are extremely lucky to have permission to run on the fairways of the last 9 holes 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 one of Australia’s first official quarter marathon.

7km Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism & Business trail run.

The run will start and finish at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club and utilize the recently upgrade Yarrawonga Tourism Trail that follows the Lake Mulwala foreshore from the Rowing Club to the famous Yarrawonga Bridge

2km Macca’s Kids and Parents fun run.

The run will start and finish at the Yarrawonga rowing club and will follow Chinaman’s Island Wetland walking track, including the 400mt Dash 4 Cash were participants sprint to the first turn around point and collect a card that will reveal a prize at the end of the race.

Rules + Support

The safety of everyone involved in the Murray Quad is the most important part of the race.

Race Rules

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.

Support Crew

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.

Starting Location