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Tim's long road to success

It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.

JARED LOUGHNAN December 10, 2013 4:26pm

Tim came up with the idea of a long distance event after competing in the Tocumwal Challenge in 2009.

“I identified there was potential for an endurance multi-sport event on the Murray River and knew Yarrawonga would be an ideal location for such an event,” Tim said.

Tim and fellow local canoe club members quickly came up with the idea and logo design of the Murray Quad which would include a swim on the lake as well as a run, cycle and paddle.

Since 2012 Tim had been working with Canoeing Victoria on a quadrathlon event and more recently Save the Children have come on board to support the newly developed Murray QUAD

But Tim said the task hasn’t come without its headaches. With such long distances involving on-water and on-road challenges Tim has certainly overcome many hurdles. 

“Most local events are based in one or two towns, but this event passes through three large towns and a number of small towns on its journey from Yarrawonga to Tocumwal,” Tim said.

“This has meant meeting and talking to a number of organisations.  For example to use Thompsons Beach in Cobram we need to have permission from Vic Roads to use the road entry, Moira Shire to use the grass areas, the Berrigan Shire to use the sand area and the NSW Roads and Maritime to use the water.”

Tim believes an event like this can grow and even put the region on the “map” both nationally and internationally.

“The Murray QUAD follows the guidelines set out by the WQF (World Quadrathlon Federation) and after discussions with the German, Czech and English officials we have come up with a formula that satisfies their requirements,” Tim said.

“This event will actually be the longest event on the world calendar and this in itself has created a lot of international interest, which is great for the area as this is one section of the tourism market the area is lacking”.

Tim said his hard work would not have paid off if it was not for the assistance of various organisations who have stuck by him along the way.

“Throughout the process of setting up the Murray QUAD the Moira Shire has been of great assistance and supportive of the event supplying valuable services to get the event to this stage.  I would also like to thank various sponsors that have stuck by the event including local groups such as the Yarrawonga Holiday Park, Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism, Yarrawonga Chronicle, RACV Cobram Resort as well as Bluescope Steel, Ken Muston Motors, Clic Sunglasses, Brooks and Sportsman Warehouse.”


Save the Children backs Murray Quad


Global international aid organisation Save the Children has provided their support to Australia’s first ever quadrathlon to be held in Yarrawonga in May 2014.

Save The Children Australia announced last week they will be running the Murray QUAD which combines traditional triathlon events of running, swimming and cycling with a 26 km paddle down the Murray River.

About 400 people are expected to take part in the inaugural event, ranging from amateurs to some of the best triathletes and multi-sport athletes in Australia. All funds raised will go to Save the Children.

“Save the Children is delighted to host the Murray Quad, which offers a fantastic opportunity for athletes and amateurs to compete together while raising vital funds to support and protect children around the world,” said Brett Long, Save the Children’s Adventure Events Manager.

“It will be a gruelling event comprising a range of different skills over a very long period of time. It’s also a great team building event, with relay teams with up to eight people allowed.

“Competitors will be able to draw added inspiration from Save the Children’s work helping vulnerable children across every state in Australia and in more than 100 countries, including the Philippines for the response to Typhoon Haiyan, and the Middle East for the Syrian Refugee Crisis.”

The race will start at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club with a 3km swim on Lake Mulwala, before winding its way through the countryside to Cobram and finishing in Tocumwal on the Murray River.

The running leg will be 20kms and the ride 80kms for a total distance of 129kms, making the Murray Quad the longest quadrathlon event in the world.

The Murray Quad was initially founded by Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoeing Club and Canoeing Victoria, who fully support Save the Children’s vision of making this a highlight of the Australian multi-sports calendar.

“We’d like to thank Canoeing Victoria for their support to date and look forward to working with them to ensure the event reaches its full potential over the years ahead,” Mr Long said.

Registrations will open in late January. For more information call (03) 9938 2079 or email

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