Murrabit to host paddle

Murrabit will host the start of the final day of action during this year's YMCA Massive Murray Paddle.

Murrabit will host the start of the final day of action during this year's YMCA Massive Murray Paddle.

MURRABIT will host the start of the final day of the YMCA's Massive Murray Paddle in November.

Formerly known as the Murray Marathon, event organisers have moved the event from the traditional period of the last five days of the year to late November.

The five-day, 404-kilometre event will begin at Yarrawonga on Monday, November 24 and finish at Swan Hill on Friday, November 28.

The event which is the longest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, raises funds for YMCA whilst providing participants a unique way to experience the Murray River.

"As we enter our 46th year, 2014 represents a new chapter for this iconic event," YMCA Massive Murray Paddle senior manager, Leon Newton said.

"We're excited by the opportunities the new date presents, and can't wait to meet the paddlers this November."

As per previous years, participants will camp at Yarrawonga the night before the event and on Monday, November 24, with Echuca the next campsite location on Tuesday, November 25 and Wednesday, November 26.

Swan Hill will be the final campsite location, accommodating participants on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

Legs will include the opening 93-kilometre paddle from Yarrawonga to Tocumwal, day two-'s 94-kilometre journey from Tocumwal to Picnic Point, a 78-kilometre jaunt from Picnic Point to Echuca and the "Red Day" fourth day event from Echuca to Torrumbarry, spanning 62 kilometres.

Murrabit will host the start of the 77-kilometre final leg to Swan Hill, with teams leaving from the town's boat ramp and finishing at Swan Hill's Riverside Park.

Entries are open for the five-day event, the three day from November 26 to 28, and the one-day event challenge, available on any of the five days of the paddle.

Registration forms and more information is available from http://www.massivemurraypaddle.org.au/

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