YMCA will change the Murray Marathon to a date in early December from next year after completing a review.TRENT HORNEMAN October 24, 2013 4:50am
YMCA will switch dates for the Murray Marathon from next year.
While the event has dominated Echuca’s sporting landscape between Christmas and New Year for many years, organisers decided on changing it to a date in early December after completing a review.
YMCA believes switching the event’s date will breathe new life into the marathon, which has seen the numbers of paddlers decline in recent years.
YMCA Victoria advocacy and health promotion general manager Stephen Bendle said the focus of this year’s event was to deliver a memorable event for everyone.
‘‘The main changes that can be confirmed are this year will be the last event in the current format and the last event during the Christmas/New Year period,’’ Mr Bendle said.
‘‘There will be new and exciting initiatives in 2014 which will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
‘‘Based on the review, we believe the recommended changes will benefit paddlers, support crew, volunteers and the communities where the event is held, while also securing the longer term viability of the event.
‘‘It would be incredibly sad to see this event decline to the point where it can no longer be held and that’s why YMCA Victoria has undertaken the review and has implemented its recommendations.’’
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