Time to catalogue from the archives and bring out a story on the Murray River Marathon. This gruelling kayak event covers 404km over 5 days down the mighty Murray River in Australia.
I complete the Murray River Marathon back in 1995 when I was definitely at my fittest competing in a number of ultra- marathon events that year. It was tough, especially the last two days when the current slows down and you are having to work hard without much assistance.
The 404km’s start at Yarrawonga on Boxing Day and finish New Years Eve at Swan Hill. You can tackle it as a single or double or team and occasionally you get the odd person doing it backwards rowing.
You need a good crew to follow you over the 5 days and take care of you at checkpoints and in the evening. For me it was many thanks to Jane, Rasa, Dyonne, Michelle and Michael.
The event is designed as a fundraiser. Back then it was put on by the Red Cross but now it is hosted by YMCA Victoria.
The Murray River Marathon also holds some significance for me because I did it just after I met Kerrie. For New Years Eve she drove all the way from Bateman’s Bay (south of Sydney) to Swan Hill via the Hay Plain – some 850 km. Being new to Australia I don’t think she realised just how far that was.