Murray Bridge Marathon Festival set to put runners to the test

Murray Bridge Marathon Festival: Events include a 3km and 5km walk or run, plus running distances of 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km for those who want an extra challenge.
Murray Bridge Marathon Festival: Events include a 3km and 5km walk or run, plus running distances of 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km for those who want an extra challenge.

AN ultimate test of endurance or a relaxing river stroll experience is on offer at the Murray Bridge Marathon Festival next month, November 1.

There are five routes on offer to cater for everyone from families and recreational walkers to elite runners, but to participate you had better act fast; registrations close this Sunday, 25 October.

Events include a 3km and 5km walk or run, plus running distances of 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km for those who want an extra challenge.

Murraylands Multisports Inc event director Morgan Coull said the race was unique in its design, with organisers ensuring participants get a spectacular river experience while also tackling a testing course.

Mr Coull, an accomplish endurance athlete and recently competed in the World's Toughest Race, a televised documentary which is available on Amazon Prime.

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"The Murray Bridge marathon is always popular with people because they love the sense of fun and community atmosphere," Mr Coull said.

"Where else can you start a race to the roar of a Bunyip, or run across one of SA's oldest bridges?

O|ur course also takes racers through the historic Round House gardens, out among the Rocky Gully Wetlands and right along the riverfront on top of levee banks ... the scenery definitely takes the edge off the pain factor while you're running."

Organisers assured that an 'event village' on the lawns of Sturt Reserve would ensure participants are well-catered for with food and refreshments, and medical care if required.

"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," Mr Coull 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 halfmarathon 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."

Festivities begin on Saturday, 31 October with a runners' expo at the Murray Bridge Town Hall.

  • - Details: The marathon begins at 7.45am, with other events staggered after the main race start.
  • For details, or to register, visit: www.mmievents.com.au/events/murraybridgemarathon.