Former Olympic swimmer Michael Klim, ex-Hawks skipper Richie Vandenberg and Essendon’s Jason Johnson are amongst a group of high profile Victorians who are involved in the Marysville to Melbourne Multisport Challenge, an epic 155km one-day event that includes trail running, cycling and kayak paddling. The race date is April 10th, 2011 but the three are involved in a media push over the next week to raise awareness around this unique and exciting event.
The Marysville to Melbourne Multisport Challenge starts at Marysville and traverses some of Victoria’s most spectacular scenery including the areas worst affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires with the finish in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands at Yarra’s Edge. The race is split into six parts with two trail runs, two road rides and two kayak paddles making up the 155km through St Andrews and Kinglake. Competitors can race as a relay team doing one or more legs each or can take on the massive task of doing it solo.
Joining Klim, Vandenberg and Johnson and giving the event a go for the cause just as much as for an excuse to have a fitness goal are several other notable Melbourne stars. Media personality, model and triathlete, Grace McClure is also participating as is former Group Managing Director of Telstra, David Moffatt and ultra marathon champion Stuart Gibson. Seasoned experts, Jarad Kohlar, Australian Adventure Racing Champion and John Jacoby, former adventure racing guru and three times World Marathon Kayak Champion who also holds the keys to the City, will escort them on their quest to complete the gruelling race.
MARYSVILLE TO MELBOURNE MULTISPORT CHALLENGE: FAST FACTS
- The Marysville to Melbourne Multisport Challenge (M2M) is on Sunday April 10th, 2011
- The M2M is the reincarnation the popular JLL Challenge (also called the JLW) held in the late 90s, which was a 2-day race from Mt Buller to Melbourne via Marysville. The JLL was revolutionary at the time and attracted over 800 competitors when multisport events were in their infancy. The M2M is expected to be much bigger.
- Legs included in the course are below. You can tag team-mates after each leg or continue on yourself doing it solo. Teams can be made up of 2,3 or 6 people.
• 50km road ride
• 40km road ride
• 15km trail run
• 15km river paddle
• 16km river paddle
- The run is through the beautiful Yarra Ranges with its towering tree ferns. The cycle is through Kinglake and surrounding towns including St Andrews. Then they paddle from Ivanhoe down the Yarra to Yarra’s Edge, Docklands.
- Jacoby, former winner of the JLL and Race Director of the Marysville to Melbourne, has designed the course to be extremely scenic, but also achievable for the average athlete who wants to get involved and do just one leg as part of a relay team with mates or in the corporate category.
- In addition to economic impact on the Black Saturday regions that the race visits the M2M will also be raising money for a charity project called The Berry Street Trailblazers expedition. This program will take boys from the Marysville / Triangle region on a wilderness expedition to help build self esteem, teamwork, respect, courage and leadership so they may provide stability for the community in the future.
- Michael Klim is a key ambassador and has recorded a radio ad that will air on Melbourne’s 3AW, a media partner of the event, in December to raise awareness of the race.
- Entries are open! The event’s very first entrant was an international athlete from Botswana called Kelby Murray.
For information, training tips, team finder function and to enter go to the event website, www.marysville2melbourne.com.au
This event is brought to you by Australia’s leading adventure event management company, Rapid Ascent.