On the 18th and 19th November, some of the world’s best endurance athletes will head to the Murray River to take part in one of the biggest endurance sporting events of 2017. The Murray Quad tests the wits and skills of athletes as they embark on the longest quadrathlon event in the world. Not the athletic type? Don’t worry, the Murray Quad is just as much fun for spectators and you can still be a part of the Murray Quad 2017 in November.
What is the Murray Quad?
The brainchild of Tim Roadley, the Murray Quad is conducted under a set distance and guidelines established by a number of the country’s governing associations. It is also sanctioned by the World Quadrathlon Association or WQF. The first ever Murray Quad was held in May 2014
The Murray Quad is a unique event that follows Australia’s longest river. With a challenging 141km-course that spans from Yarrawonga to Tocumwal, this event is surely one that hardcore quadrathlon athletes won’t surely want to miss. The event includes:
- 3.2km swim
- 21km run
- 91.5km bike ride
- 25km paddle
There are four events or challenges athletes must go through in order to successfully complete the Murray Quad. They are:
1. Inland Open Water Swim
In this leg of the race, participants must swim 3.2km in Lake Mulwala around the Yarrawonga Rowing Club. The starting point is on the western side of the rowing club, with the race following a figure of eight course marked by buoys.
2. Running of the Black Bull
After the Inland Open Water Swim, racers must now traverse one of the best walking tracks along the Lake Mulwala for a 21.1km marathon. The marathon has two laps, with a changeover at the transition area for relay teams.
3. Bike Time Trial
The cycle leg of the Murray Qua spans a distance of 91 and a half kilometres. In the Bike Time Trial, participants must cycle their way from the transition area at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club to the Murray Valley Highway, where they must turn left and cycle on until they return back to the Murray River to finish at Thompson Beach Cobram.
4. Peaches and Cream Paddle
After reaching Murray River, participants must paddle 25km downstream through the Murray River Red Gum Forest to reach Tocumwal Town Beach and cross the finish line.
View full details and register for the event here.
Accommodation Near Yarrawonga
If you’re looking for Murray Quad accommodation, be sure to check out Tocumwal All Seasons motel. Just a short drive from Yarrawonga, Tocumwall All Seasons can provide you with a comfortable room at a very affordable price. Send your booking enquiry now.