New dates for 2014 YMCA Murray Marathon announced
Everyone is keen to know more about what’s ahead for the marathon beyond this year, and as excited as we all are about this year’s event, we can now also share with you, the paddling community, confirmed dates for the Murray Marathon in 2014.
Next year, the YMCA Murray Marathon will take place from Monday 24 – Friday 28 of November 2014. After great consultation from the paddling community, the local area and other stakeholders, the Murray Marathon Management Committee has arrived at this date and is excited at welcoming in a new era for the Marathon.
From these dates you can see that the marathon will maintain the 5, 3 and 1 day options, with a change to the 1 day option where paddlers will be able to nominate any day over the 5 days on which to undertake the 1 day challenge.
The Murray Marathon is a much loved and treasured event but the very plain reality for all of us is that fewer people are coming to the event in its current timeframe. It has been no mean feat coming up with a new time in which to run this event and we acknowledge that the new date will not please everyone.
However, we are optimistic that the earlier timeframe will work: it is in a window of time where other similar events have had continued and sustained success and opens up options for a whole new group of participants who find the Christmas/New Year time too difficult.
The paddling community has very clearly communicated to YMCA Victoria the type of event it wants to see in years to come, so from that perspective, this change is very much paddler-led and we believe we are in a better position to ensure this event is sustainable for participants, YMCA Victoria and the Murray region which we support through fundraising and economic impact generated from the event.
This change represents a new chapter in this iconic event and the 46th marathon in 2014 will still offer people the unique challenge of taking on the might Murray River in the longest paddling event in the southern hemisphere.
There is more work to be done around finalising aspects of next year’s event and we will continue to bring you information on these as they are confirmed.
In the mean-time we will continue working on this year’s event and look forward to seeing you all this Boxing Day.
Acting Executive Officer, YMCA Victoria
YMCA Murray Marathon
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