Start Training Now for the SA Murray 200

CANOE & KAYAK MARATHON

The Queens Birthday weekend every year sees South Australia's Riverland region host the Marathon Canoe Club of SA's Canoe & Kayak Marathon.

When:        10th-12th June 2006 (Queens Birthday Weekend)
Where:       Berri to Morgan (full distance)

CANOE & KAYAK MARATHON

It is now less than 4 weeks until the start of South Australia's oldest, largest and longest Canoe & Kayak Marathon on the Queens Birthday long weekend.

The Murray 200/100/Relay, is one of Australia's premier long distance canoe marathons. Participation in the event might sound daunting and onerous but past participants will assure you there are recreational classes as well as very competitive classes available.

The 100km distance, aptly nicknamed the gentleman's race, is available for less adventurous females and males as well as juniors. Paddlers completing the 100km distance normally start around 10am and finish paddling mid afternoon. Alternatively more dedicated athletes might choice to paddle the full distance of 208km from Berri to Morgan. This distance however can be paddled as a single a double or in a relay team.

This years Marathon Canoe & Kayak marathon will be held over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend in June from the 10th to the 12th and interested persons should commit now and start training soon.

Potential kayakers and canoeists interested in learning about paddling as a recreation might wish to train with a dedicated Canoe or Kayak club such as the Onkaparinga club which trains on a Wednesday night and Saturday morning or the Encounter Lakes group which trains in Victor Harbor on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Interested persons wanting to know more about Marathon Canoe Club events should contact MCC President Greg Roberts via email at mcc@paddle.org.au.

For information about June's Canoe & Kayak Marathon interested persons should contact Promotions Officer Brad Butler at brad@bbpl.com.au or by phone on (08) 8552 2411.

The Marathon Canoe Club of South Australia specialises in long distance paddling and competition on predominantly inland, flat water.

The MCC conducts a number of marathon races at venues across South Australia including West Lakes, Onkaparinga River, Patawalonga, Lake, Encounter Lakes and The Hindmarsh Island Marina, as well as a number of races on the River Murray.

More information is available from the clubs website – www.mcc.paddle.org.au <http://www.mcc.paddle.org.au/>