The 2020 Murray Quad was planned for the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of November but with the current restrictions and border closures due to the COVID-19 lockdown and no idea of what lies ahead we have no option but to cancel this year’s event.

We had planned a number of changes for 2020 to make the event more attractive for both elite athletes and the weekend warriors, but these changes will have to wait until 2021. 

Any Murray Quad inquiries can be directed to Tim Roadley –

In the past the Murray Quad has supported both local and international charity groups such as HeartKids,  Channel 4 Change and Save the Children through its connecting with community campaign and for 2020 we had planned to connect with the Stroke Foundation to promote their FAST signs of Stroke.

Our race Director Tim Roadley has created his own virtual challenge called the “FAST4” keeping with the Quad theme. Tim’s “FAST 4” for stroke initially involves running the four major distances in July – 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon and continuing with extra challenges for the remaining quadrathlon sports throughout the rest of 2020, with the aim to raise awareness of stroke in the local community along with funds for programs to support stroke survivors and their families


Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?

Arms – Can they lift both arms?

Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?

Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away

Donations can be made via the fundraising page.

See you in 2021



2019 Murray Quad

Yarrawonga/Mulwala – Cobram – Tocumwal

Paddle the Murray

Peaches and Cream Paddle

Choose your watercraft: Kayak – double blade, Canoe – single blade, SUP – stand up, Row – backwards
Cobram to Tocumwal 25km, Smithers Beach to Tocumwal 12km, 30 November 2 pm


Spin The Murray

Time to complete 40kms on a spin bike
30th November 5 to 8pm
97-103 Melbourne Rd, Mulwala
(Balance Spin Studio)


Run the Murray

Running of the Black Bull Festival

Choose your distance: 21.1km half marathon, 10.55 km quarter marathon, 65km back nine-run/walk, 2km Maccas HeartKids fun run
1 December – 7.45am
Silverwoods, Lake Mulwala, Yarrawonga



Part triathlon (no swimming! Dry 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.


The 2019 Murray Quad will be held on Saturday the 30th of November and Sunday the 1st of December, on and around Australia’s famous Murray River which is home to one of the world’s oldest and longest kayak race the Massive Murray Paddle (Murray Marathon), this event promises to be an exciting, action packed 2 days of entertainment, racing, sportsmanship and wholesome family fun while raising funds for the event charity partner HeartKids.

Peaches and Cream Paddle

25km or 12km

Saturday 2pm

The Peaches and Cream Paddle is 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 competitors will enter 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 option.

  • Double Blade – Kayak
  • Single Blade – Canoe
  • Backward – Row
  • Stand – SUP
EVENT ACTIVITES: Registration, Race Briefing, Finish Line Celebrations + Awards Ceremony

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


Joanne Hamilton-Vale

5 times UK National Champion in every category – 12’6, 14′, Naish Inland, Naish Overall, Endurance

Broke two 24 hour SUP World records. At one time holding both male and female 24 hour World Record on flat water

Holds the female SUP Course records in many endurance events – Yukon River Quest (715km), MR340 (540km), Great Glen (92km). Massive Murray Marathon (404km) – holds the SUP course record for MMP, beating all males and Tandem SUP

Completed the Molokai to Oahu World Championship Downwind race (52km – largest downwind race in the World)

Placed in the top 40 World Rankings three years in a row

Spin the Murray

(40km spin bike session)

Saturday 5 pm

In a normal 40km time trial you are out on the road all by yourself, not a spin session here you are surrounded by other cyclist, family and friends all encouraging you to push harder on a stationary indoor bike. Spin only from 5pm, multi-discipline and relays start at 6pm or start any time up to 8pm and pedal away.
Location – Balance Spin Studio. 97-103 Melbourne St, Mulwala, NSW, 2647
Balance spin studio is a state-of-the-art training facility located on the Victorian and New South Wales border twin towns of Yarrawonga/Mulwala.

EVENT ACTIVITES: Registration, Race Briefing, Finish Line Celebrations + Awards Ceremony

Run Registration, Race Briefing & Starts

Where: Balance Spin Studio in Mulwala
When: Saturday 30th November
Registration open

Finish Line Celebrations

Where: Balance Spin Studio in Mulwala
When: 8pm, Saturday 30th November


Awards Ceremony

Where: Balance Spin Studio in Mulwala
When: 8pm, Saturday 30th November


Anna Burton

Anna loves getting out on the mountain bike as much as possible- and has been doing so for the last 7 years in between moving interstate from QLD to VIC, starting a women’s health physio and yoga/Pilates business in Yarrawonga and chasing an active toddler around. 
Anna has been competing at local and state comps over the last year, enjoying how the events take her and the family to a different mountain, forest and of course, foodie scene 😆 every weekend. 

Running of the Black Bull

Sunday 7.45am

The Black Bull Golf Course plays host to one of the most spectacular running festivals ever held, participants have the unique opportunity to run around the full 18 holes of this award-winning golf course plus take in the spectacular views of Lake Mulwala from the newly completed boardwalk. The highlight is the Q (quarter marathon) the first 10.55km of the Half Marathon (HM), both Q and HM runners begin at the same time 7.45am from the Yarrawonga Rowing Club, with the HM completing another lap through the streets of the Silverwoods resort once they have completed the Q.  For those looking for a short run there is the 6.5km run around the back nine holes of the Golf Course starting at 8am. Once all runs have completed their event, they are invited back to join their kids in the 2km Macca’s HeartKids Fun Run held along the Lake Mulwala foreshore.

EVENT ACTIVITES: Registration, Race Briefing, Finish Line Celebrations + Awards Ceremony

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


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 1st December


Brooke Williams

At 28 Brooke had many running achievements under her belt: Australian under 23 10km champion, Australian representative at the World Mountain Running Championships and state podiums in the 10km. A week after coming 5th in the 5km state titles last year she was diagnosed with a heart disease and forced to retire. Brooke now promotes the awareness of heart disease and the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Brooke is passing her passion on through coaching athletics and cross country.

Day 1, Saturday 30th of November

Paddle Starts in Cobram at 2pm

Paddle from Cobram to Tocumwal

Day 2, Sunday 1st of December

Map of Run Course: Blue Q, Red 2nd half of Half Marathon

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.







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.