Saturday 19th November 2016

The World’s longest WQF Quadrathlon event over a challenging 141km (88m) course

Murray Quad

The World’s longest WQF Quadrathlon event over a challenging 141km (88m) course

3.2 km (2m) Swim

Inland Open Water Swim

21.1 km (13m) Run

Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon

91.4 km (58m) Cycle

Road Cycle Time Trial

25 km (15m) Paddle

Peaches and Cream Down River Paddle

BE PART OF THE CHALLENGE

Be part of Australia’s official WQF quadrathlon event on the 19th of November 2016 and put your strength, endurance and skill to the ultimate test. Swim, run, cycle and paddle around a 141km course that starts in Yarrawonga and finishes in Tocumwal on the mighty Murray River. If you’re an elite athlete or just want a challenge, this world-class event offers you the chance to take on an epic journey, as an individual, relay team or event just do one of the disciplines.

NEW TO THE 2016 EVENT

is the addition of single disciplines that will allow participants to enter one or a number of the four different races.

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Starting in Yarrawonga at 7am, finishing in Tocumwal, via Tungamah and Cobram.

Murray Quad in more detail

Learn more about Murray Quad

About Us

A Quadrathlon is an endurance multisport event with disciplines in swimming, running cycling and kayaking, basically a triathlon with a paddle leg. The Murray Quad is a unique event follows Australia’s longest river over a challenging 141 km (88 mile) course from Yarrawonga to Tocumwal. The race is conducted under a set distance and guidelines that have been established by a number of Australian governing associations also satisfying sanctioning by the WQF (World Quadrathlon Federation). The 2016 Murray Quad was set to take place on the 13th of March but was cancelled due to health concerns associated with the red alert for blue-green algae on the Murray River and Lake Mulwala. The Murray Quad which is Australia’s official WQF event has now been rescheduled for Saturday the 19th of November under the management of Logistic Events Australia and hosted by the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club with the support of a number of local community groups located in the Murray River Region and the Goulburn Valley. The Murray Quad is made up of 4 different disciplines and to accommodate those athletes not interested in completing in all four or part of a relay team we are offering entry into any of these four disciplines, with the winner of each discipline race haven the fastest time for any of the entry options.

  1. 2km inland open water swim on Lake Mulwala.
  2. 1km Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon along walking tracks and two circuits of the picturesque Black Bull Golf Course
  3. 91km Individual time trial ride through northern Victoria country side
  4. 25km Peaches and Cream paddle on Australia’s longest river.
The individual winner will be crowned the “Australian Diamond Man” and “Australian Diamond Woman”.

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History

Murray Quad history

  • After competing in the Tocumwal Challenge in 2009 Tim Roadley had the idea of holding a multi-sport event on Lake Mulwala and the Murray River that involved four sports, swimming, running, cycling and paddling.
  • 2010 the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club work with a local fun run to include a swim and paddle event.
  • In 2011 the Murray Quad format is established, a long distance event held on one day run by the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club with support from Canoeing Victoria and sanctioning from the WQF.
  • December 15 2012 was the date set for first Murray Quad but due to a number of planning issues the event was postponed, although a test event for the run was held on this date which was hampered by rain.
  • In October 2013, Save the Children signed on to host the event with all proceeds going to support and protect children.
  • On Saturday 10 May 2014 the inaugural Murray Quad was held. Unfortunately, the weather was not helpful with a late autumn cold snap halved the swim distance, low water in the Murray River changing the paddle to a loop course around Cobram and heavy rain on the day forced the bike leg to be cancelled.
  • In December 2015 Logistics Events Australia took over from Save the Children as the event manager.
  • In March 2016 the scheduled Murray Quad was cancelled due to the red alert for Blue Green Algae on the Murray River and Lake Mulwala
  • The rescheduled Murray Quad will now take place on Saturday 19 November 2016 and we’re sure it will be a highlight in the years to come on the Australian and International multi-sports calendar.

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The Region

Murray River Region
The Murray Quad starts in Yarrawonga and finishes in Tocumwal on the mighty Murray River. It is located three hours from Melbourne, four hours from Canberra and six and a half hours from Sydney.
The Murray River is often described as an "inland aquatic paradise" and is a haven for water sports such as water skiing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing.
The Moira region (Yarrawonga to Barmah) of the Murray River is affectionately known as the Sun Country because it is blessed with copious amounts of sunshine all year round.
The river is also dotted with beautiful sandy beaches and towering red gums, making it the perfect location for a family getaway.

Yarrawonga
Renowned for its wonderful Mediterranean climate, Yarrawonga Mulwala is described as an "Inland Aquatic Paradise" set amongst a picturesque piece of regional Victoria and New South Wales and located only 3 hours from Melbourne. The area is surrounded by stunning scenery in the nearby forests and along the course of the mighty Murray River which runs through Lake Mulwala, a haven for water sports such as water skiing, kayaking and canoeing. The many walking and riding tracks around the lake, within the forests and surrounding areas set the scene for leisurely strolls, general training or can make that hard training session even pleasurable. If you enjoy life by the water then you won’t be disappointed with Yarrawonga Mulwala and what it has to offer.
Yarrawonga Mulwala is the perfect setting for this year’s Murray QUAD however you can always visit any time of the year and enjoy our magnificent 45 holes of golf, explore the river beaches, take a trip to sample our local wines, follow the farmgate trail and sample an array of fresh local produce and there’s a children’s amusement park. Then there’s shopping in the boutique shops, or enjoying some great food at the cafes, restaurants, clubs and hotels. With so much available it’s truly a unique “oasis”.
With over 70 accommodation outlets, ranging from caravan parks, cabins, self contained apartments, hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and even farm stays, there’s something to suit everyone’s comfort style and budget.

Cobram & Tocumwal
Every year thousands of Australians retreat to relax at some of Australia’s best beaches, with more than 70 inland beaches between Yarrawonga and Tocumwal alone there is more than enough for everyone to enjoy. Cobram’s Thompson beach known as Australia’s largest inland beach is central to all these beaches, which naturally occur as a result of the Murray River twist and turns through the River Red Gum Forest.

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Registration

Welcome to the 2016 Murray Quad entry page there are 3 registration options.

  • SOLO
Register as an individual and completely the full 141km swim, run, cycle and paddle.
  • RELAY TEAM
Register as part of team and complete any of the 8 segments as the swim, run, cycle and paddle are divided into 2 to make the event suitable for relay teams. (team can vary from 2 to 8 people)
  • SINGLE DISCIPLINE
A Quadrathlon is made up of 4 different disciplines and to accommodate those athletes not interested in completing in all four or part of a relay team we are offering entry into any of these four disciplines, with the winner of each discipline race haven the fastest time for any of the entry options.
  • Single discipline relay.
    • Team of 2 for the swim, run and paddle.
    • Team of 2 or 4 for the cycle.
Entry Fees & Closing Dates
Early Bird 25% Discount Regular Entry Late Fee Individual Race @ Registration
Closing Date 7/9/2016 15/11/2016 18/11/2016 18 &19/11/2016
Solo $175.00 $200.00 $220.00
Relay Team per person $75.00 $100.00 $120.00
Single Discipline per person $75.00 $100.00 $120.00 $120.00 cash only
Single Discipline for Registered Club Members $55.00 $75.00 $90.00 $90.00 cash only $30.00 students
  Age Restrictions. SOLO                          Australian Diamond Man or Woman participants must be over the age of 20.   RELAY TEAM            14-year-old can only participate in a ½ legs (or segments) only. 15-year-old can participate in a maximum of 2 nonconsecutive segments 16-year-old one leg only and or 4 nonconsecutive segments 17-year-old maximum of two legs or 5 segments if doing a number of legs. 18-19-year-old maximum of three legs   SINGLE DISCIPLINE 14-year-old can only participate as part of single discipline relay. 15& 16-year-old can participate in one event only 17-year-old can participate in a maximum of two event 18-19-year-old maximum of three events

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Race Schedule and Cut Off Times

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY 7th of JULY

Launch and registrations open What:Official launch of the event and registration open with early bird entry option.

WEDNESDAY 7th of SEPTEMBER

Early Bird entries close what: Online early bird registrations close at midnight

MONDAY 15th of NOVEMBER

Regular entries close What: Online regular registrations close at midnight  

FRIDAY 18th of NOVEMBER

Pre-event registrations and late entries what:: Pre-event registration and late entries, plus course familiarization sessions. Where: Yarrawonga Rowing Club, Botts Rd, Yarrawonga When: 1-7pm        Compulsory Safety and Race Briefing                what: Compulsory safety briefing for participants, volunteers briefing Where: Yarrawonga Rowing Club, Botts Rd Yarrawonga When: 6pm & 8pm   Meet and Greet Evening What: Opportunity to catch up with officials and other competitors. Where: Deck One, Criterion Hotel, 1 Belmore St. Yarrawonga When: 9pm

SATURDAY 19th of NOVEMBER

Race day - Yarrawonga Rowing Club Where: Yarrawonga Rowing Club, Botts Rd Yarrawonga What: Transition Area and Drop Off zone open. When: 6am, Saturday 19 November   What: Start of the Murray Quad and open water swim. When: 7am, Saturday 19 November   What: Start of the Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon. When: 8am, Saturday 19 November   What: Start of the Road cycle time trial. When: 9am, Saturday 19 November   Race day – Thompson Beach Cobram What: Start of the Peaches and Cream Down River Paddle. Where: Thompson Beach, Mookarii St, Cobram When: 11am, Saturday 19 November   Race day- Tocumwal Town Beach Finish line celebrations What: Cheer your team across the line and take part in celebrations at the finish. Where: Town Beach, Town Beach Rd, Tocumwal. When: 1pm to 7pm, Saturday 19 November   Awards ceremony What: Dinner, drinks and award presentations including crowning the 2016 Australian Diamond man and woman. Where: Deck One, Criterion Hotel, 1 Belmore St. Yarrawonga When: 7.30pm, Saturday 19 November

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Compulsory Safety and Race Briefing

Compulsory Safety and Race Briefing What: Compulsory safety briefing for participants, volunteers briefing Where: Yarrawonga Rowing Club, Botts Rd Yarrawonga When: 6pm, Friday 18th November

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Finish Line Celebrations

Finish Line Celebrations
What: Cheer your team across the line and take part in celebrations at the finish.
Where: Town Beach, Tocumwal.
When: 1pm to 6pm, Sunday 13 March

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Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony What: Dinner, drinks celebrations and a number award presentations including the top fundraising teams and individuals. Plus, we’ll be crowning the first Australian male and female quadrathlon champions. Where: Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Club Resort, Golf Club Rd, Mulwala NSW. When: 7.30pm Saturday 19th November

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Race Rules

RULES   The Murray Quad is 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 also satisfy the rules of a number of Australian governing associations that control the four different individual sports involved.   A current set of rules will be available soon.

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Support Crew

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 of 8 people.   We will do everything we can to keep people safe at the Murray Quad but we need your help too, so please make sure your team:

  1. Attends the Safety Briefing in Yarrawonga on Friday 18th November at either 6pm or 8pm
  2. Follows the instructions of race officials and volunteers at all times during the race.
  3. Completes the pink Medical Questionnaire and hands this in at the Registration night on Friday
  Food & Drinks We’ll provide water and some electrolytes at all transition areas, relay change areas and drink stations along the course. Electrolytes are subject to availability.  It’s important that you provide the substantive food and drink required by your participant and you can access every location other than the drink stations on the run course.  Please refer to the Murray Quad Venue Guide included with the Pre-Race pack for more information about the venue locations you can access as Support Crew.   Bike safety & scrutineering Bikes must be road worthy and ready for the 91km endurance ride ahead. Scrutineers will be on site to check that all participants are wearing a helmet, carrying a mobile phone and wearing a race number on the front.  Make sure your bike rider has a helmet and mobile phone ready to go or they won’t be allowed to leave Yarrawonga!   Bike drop off Bikes can be dropped off at the Rowing Club and placed into the racks at your assigned position any time after 6am Saturday. Look out for the Bike Drop Zone signs and make sure you show your wrist band to the volunteers.   Bike pick up Bikes can be collected from the bike racks at Thompson Beach Cobram once the participants have started the paddle. Each bike will have a numbered sticker that corresponds with the Support Crew wrist band and volunteers will be on hand to assist Support Crews in Cobram.  Bikes must be collected by 4pm.   Kayak safety & scrutineering Kayaks must be river worthy and paddlers must be able to demonstrate they can participate safely before departing for the paddle section. All paddlers are required to wear an appropriate Personal Flotation Device (PFD) whose construction meets or exceeds Australian Standards (Type 2 or Type 3) at all times while near or on the water. Volunteers will be on hand to support paddlers and Support Crew members involved in the race.  Support Crew members are allowed to assist paddlers getting in/out of the water at the discretion of the race volunteers.   Kayak drop off Kayaks can be dropped off at Thompson’s Beach and placed on the beach any time after 10am. Look for the Kayak Drop Zone signs.   Kayak pick up Once paddlers reach the Tocumwal Town Beach they will be required to exit their kayak/canoe and run the last 30 metres to the finish line.  It is the responsible of the Support Crew or participant to place their kayak and paddle in the drop off zone next to the boat ramp before they pass the finish line. Volunteers will be on hand to assist paddlers if required.  Kayaks must be packed up by 7pm.

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Course

The Murray Quad course is an epic 141kms, making it the longest quadrathlon event in the world. Course description

  • SWIM: 3.2km Inland open water swim.
 
  • RUN: 21.1km Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon.
 
  • BIKE: 91km Individual time trial
 
  • PADDLE: 25km Peaches and Cream paddle
 

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Individual Discipline

The event > Individual Discipline
New to the 2016 event is the addition of single disciplines that will allow participants to enter one or a number of the four different races.
• The Inland Open Water Swim
• Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon
• Australia’s Longest Road Cycle Time Trial
• The Beaches and Cream Down River Paddle

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Inland Swim

SWIM: 3.2km Inland open water swim. The swim event will be held on Lake Mulwala around the Yarrawonga Rowing Club, the start will be from the western side of the Rowing club and follow a figure eight buoyed course located alongside the chinaman’s island and the Silverwoods resort shore line with a change over for relay teams at the rowing club which is also the swim finish line and transition area.

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Running of the Black Bull

RUN: 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 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 and this will also allow support crew food drops if necessary for the individuals if necessary.

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Peaches and Cream Paddle

PADDLE: 25km Peaches and Cream paddle The paddle leg is a 25km downstream canoe marathon race that will begin with a run from the bike transition area to the water edge to wear competitor will entry their kayak 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 completing a total of 141km (88miles) of Physical endurance.

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Categories & Prizes

Entry Categories and prizes   Entry Categories will be in-line with the World Quadrathlon Federation regulations:   EVENT                        CATEGORY     AGE                           1St PLACE         2nd PLACE           3rd PLACE   SOLO (Male & Female) Elite:                over 20-year-old                                             Diamond Ring    Voucher             Coaching Masters:           40+ year-old *                                                 TBD                      TBD                         TBD Plus, medal for all finishers   RELAY TEAM (Male, Female and Mixed) Juniors:            14 – 17-year-old U23:                18 – 22-year-old Open:               over 20-year-old Masters:           40+ year-old *   SINGLE DISCIPLINE (Male and Female) SWIM Youths:            14 -15-year-old 1.2km only Juniors:            16 – 17-year-old Open:               over 18-year-old Masters:           40+ year-old * RUN Youths:            14-15-year-old First leg only Juniors:            16 – 19-year-old U23:                20 – 22-year-old Open:               over 20-year-old          Voucher                                     Coaching Masters:           40+ year-old * BIKE Youths:            14 – 17-year-old Juniors:            18 – 19-year-old U23:                20 – 22-year-old Open:               over 20-year-old Masters:           40+ year-old * PADDLE Youths:            14 – 15-year-old Juniors:            16 – 17-year-old U23:                18 – 22-year-old Open:               over 16-year-old          Cash Masters:           40+ year-old *

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Bike Time Trial

BIKE: 91km Individual time trial The cycle leg covers a distance of 91.5kms starting at the transition area at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club were cyclist will mount there bike and cycle towards the Murray Valley Highway were they will turn left and continue along the highway to the end of the  Silverwoods resort and turn left to continue the cycle through some of Victoria’s top cycling destinations along a signed and marshalled route on sealed country roads passing through small country towns of Wilby, Tungamah and Katamatite and finally arrive back at the Murray River to finish at Thompson Beach Cobram.

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TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

Visit Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism for accommodation details.

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3.2

km Swim

21.1

km Run

91.4

km Cycle

25

km Paddle

INDIVIDUALS

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RELAY TEAM (2-8)

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INDIVIDUAL EVENT

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SPONSORS

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