The Victorian Government is funding a business case to look at a range of options to ensure the Murray Marathon remains viable.By Darren Linton
The Murray Marathon is underway and so is a business review that could lead to a substantially different event next year.
The Red Cross dropped the annual race from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill after 40 years and while YMCA stepped in to save the event, it is also looking to the future.
Race chairman Scott Chapman said the Victorian Government was funding a business case for the race.
The business case will look at a range of options to ensure the race remains viable in an increasingly competitive adventure sports market.
‘‘The discussions go to everything, even whether it is the right time of the year for the event, it is a challenge to get numbers at this time of year,’’ he said.
‘‘We can either keep going as we are and let it peter out or make some changes.’’
YMCA has already reshaped the event, adding a one-day entry-level race and a three-day event.
But 400 of the 500 competitors who set out from Yarrawonga early yesterday morning are still doing the full 404
Among them is a loud and passionate competitor known by his racing name ‘‘Mad Mick’’.
In ordinary life he’s Michael Dinkgreve from Selby, but each summer for the past 25 years he’s become ‘‘Mad Mick’’ as he takes on the challenge of a solo paddle down the Murray.
‘‘I hit the wall and I crashed straight through it,’’ he screamed as he pulled into Thompsons Beach in Cobram after six hours of paddling.
‘‘I’m travelling all right, but it is hard work with a bit of a crosswind,’’ he said before flopping into the water to cool offer before he set off again.
First to make it to Cobram was kayak pair Greg Smith and Stephen Monger, otherwise known as team ‘‘Two Short Men’’, but they are short men with a long way to go and a leaky boat.
‘‘If the pump was working I’d be even better,’’ Mr Smith said.
Paddling pollies Peter Walsh and Tim McCurdy took on the last leg of day one and although they won’t be going the distance, they both understand the importance of the event which winds its way through their electorates.
The race contributes more than $1.5
The Victorian Government contributed $40
The Shepparton-based Ambulance Employees Union representative has slammed the latest wage offer from the Victorian Government as 'misleading and insufficient'.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
Dempsie Maconachie has been accepted into Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in Melbourne.
Rochester resident Ken Hocking has chosen to use his Christmas lights display to draw attention to a support group for brain tumour patients.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
Tim Hillier became the first Deniliquin Rhino to notch up a century in the Murray Valley Cricket Association with a sterling 104 against Cobram on Saturday.
Sheep producers backcrossing away from the Dohne breed to Poll Merinos with the perception of improving wool quality have been urged to consider their gross margins.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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