MASSIVE MURRAY PADDLE ANNOUNCES NEW RACE FORMAT FOR 2022
Organisers of the Massive Murray Paddle have announced a restructure of the race course for 2022, with the new race distance being 415km (previously 404km).
Race Director, Shannon O’Brien says the changes are largely due to the new entry/exit points having easier access than previous ones.
“Paddlers’ safety remains the top priority for us as organisers of the event, and we wanted to eliminate some of the checkpoints where access was becoming increasingly difficult.
During our safety evaluation it became apparent that there was a beautiful stretch of the Murray that has remained untouched by the event since it began. We felt that to utilise this part of the river was an excellent opportunity to re-invigorate the event, which needs to evolve so that it may continue to challenge repeat competitors and to attract new ones.”
The last day of the race, previously starting from Murrabit to Swan Hill, will now start at Gunbower Boat Ramp and finish at Koondrook Wharf.
“We are sad to say goodbye to Murrabit and Swan Hill, as both communities have been great supporters of the event,” says Mr O’Brien.
“However we are delighted to work with the communities of Gunbower and Koondrook, who have missed out on the event for the past 52 years. We have had a very positive response from Gannawarra and Campaspe Councils and look forward to working with them and their communities for a fantastic new Day Five and event Finish.
What the new-look MMP415 will look like:
· New start location at Yarrawonga. Instead of starting from the far end of Yarrawonga Holiday Park, the new easier-access start has a sandy beach and is a little further down the river, near Yarrawonga River Camp.
· New finish on Day Three, now at Moama Beach (instead of Echuca Boat ramp).
· Brand new Day Five – this exciting new course will start at Gunbower Boat Ramp and finish at Koondrook Wharf.
· New Awards Ceremony – the new event format will have an Awards Ceremony Breakfast the morning after the Finish (instead of directly after the race) at a venue to be announced.
· After Paddle Party – There will be an after-paddle party on the Friday night at a venue to be announced.
Organisers report that the response to the new-look MMP415 has been extremely positive among previous paddlers, with entries being received within hours of registration opening.
For further information please contact Shannon O’Brien. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org