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Day two of Murray Marathon cancelled

BREAKING: Murray Marathon organisers have cancelled day two of the race - Picnic Point to Echuca - because of extreme fire danger

December 27, 2013 6:26pm

Don Larcombe and Georgia Newton, 11, are competitors in the Murray Marathon

Murray Marathon organisers have posted a message on Facebook this evening to say day two of the race has been called off.

The message reads: "The CFA has declared Saturday the 28th of December 2013 as a day of Extreme Fire Danger in the Northern Country Fire District. The Murray Marathon race rules stipulate that in the event of Extreme or Code Red days, the race will be cancelled."

Organisers say while this is disappointing for all concerned, safety is the priority. 

"At this stage, the remainder of the event does not appear to be of concern; however, as always we will keep a close eye on the fire danger ratings and work closely with our Chief Safety Officer."

At 7pm this evening a briefing will take place at the Cobram Campsite (Cobram Showgrounds) for paddlers and support crews who would like more information.

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