Murray Bridge Marathon entries due for 2020

The flagship event on Murraylands Multisports' calendar is coming up fast on November 1.

For serious runners in the Murraylands, it’s the big one.

More than 300 entries have already been received for the Murray Bridge Marathon ahead of a deadline this Sunday night.

Competitors will come from as far away as Queensland and the ACT for the event on November 1, which will feature courses of three and five kilometres for joggers and walkers, all the way through to the full 42km for seasoned runners.

Those who go the full distance will complete two laps of a loop which starts at Sturt Reserve and crosses the bridge to the east side before following the levee bank south almost to the Swanport Bridge, returning along Long Flat Road, then curling through the railway reserve and Rocky Gully Wetland before heading back along the wharf to the starting line.

Food, drinks and medical attention will be available in an event village at Sturt Reserve.

The event’s organiser, Murraylands Multisports director Morgan Coull, said everyone was welcome to participate, or just come and watch.

“It’s a real family day where people are welcome to come down and spend the morning having fun by the river together as they cheer on the racers,” he said.

“We also have family members who register the kids to get involved in the 3km and 5km walk or run to enjoy a mini-race together while other family members might be tackling the marathon or half-marathon courses.

“Everyone of every ability is welcome.

“We just want as many people as possible to come along, enjoy a fantastic day out and explore some of the most beautiful places our town has to offer.”

Entrants will also be welcome at a runners’ expo at Murray Bridge Town Hall the day before the race, plus an athletes’ dinner and short film festival.

The marathon will begin at 7.45am on race day, with shorter categories staggered after that.

The cost of registration starts at $10 for the shortest distances and scales up to $75 for the marathon; proceeds will be re-invested into equipment and marketing for more local events.

Photo: Commshake (top), the Ministry of Wow (middle), Murraylands Multisports (bottom).

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