There were near record numbers of entries for this year's race with 81 boats taking to the water. 17 boats started the gruelling Murray 200 event, 208km from Berri to Morgan, 57 boats entered the Murray 100 and seven crews lined up for the Relay Challenge. Organisers were very pleased by the number of junior paddlers competing in this years event which is an indication of the current strength of junior paddling in SA. Also pleasing was the number of paddlers entering this event for the first time. The race was again well supported by the interstate fraternity with paddlers travelling from Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.
This event is hosted by the Marathon Canoe Club of SA and is the major event on their calender. The MCC wishes to thank the terrific support we receive from volunteers and sponsors.
A special thanks to Martin Finn who as the Race Director brings an enormous amount of experience and energy to the event and contributes a considerable amout of time before the event in planning and preparation – thanks Martin.
Many thanks to the timekeepers Kathy, Sue and Phil for your grace under pressure and consistency.
Thanks to the Bristow family who have been long term supporters of the event, providing safety boat support and hot soup for paddlers as they come off the water.
Thanks to the Holmans for their help with registration and sorting out the first day chaos.
Carolyn Cooper of MC Sports Photography again captured the event on film (?). Keep checking the gallery pages on the MCC website to see her pictures. Carolyn's photos are of excellent quality and available at very reasonable prices so please support her as she is a great supporter of canoing.