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Murray Marathon : 18-July-2012
Murray Marathon : 18-July-2012
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The plaque commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Red Cross Murray Marathon.

The Murray Marathon is a 404 kilometres, five day canoe/kayak flatwater race on the Murray River.  It starts in Yarrawonga on 27 December and heads downstream through Tocumwal, Picnic Point, Echuca,Torrumbarry and Murrabit before finishing in Swan Hill on 31 December each year. 

The event began in 1969 with a few friends organising a fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross, who then managed the event as a major fundraiser. After running the Marathon for 40 years, the Australian Red Cross announced in July 2008 that they would be ending their association with the event. In November 2008 it was announced that the YMCA Victoria would be taking over the coordination of the event from 2009 onwards.

Under the auspice of the YMCA Victoria, all funds raised from the event are now dispersed back into the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the Murray River Region. 



Address:Watson Street, Echuca, 3564
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.118311
Long: 144.746175
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:27-December-1969
Actual Event End Date:31-December-1993


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1993
Front Inscription

This plaque commemorates the twenty fifth anniversary of the start of day four of the 404km great adventure the Red Cross Murray Marathon 27-31 December and acknowledges the dedicated support of the paddlers, land crews and officials and the contribution of the people of the city of Echuca.

1993 Major Sponsor ICI Australia Ltd

Plaque sponsored by Classic Hits 1521 QN & the City of Echuca

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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