Over 800 adventure sports enthusiasts from across Australia pushed themselves to the limits on land and on water today as part of the 2012 Marysville to Melbourne multi-sport challenge.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty, said the Victorian Government was a proud supporter of this exciting 155 km endurance race which this year is raising funds for the unique charity 'The Difference'.
"Sporting events like these are a great way to be active and bring people together to share their love of endurance sports, and help raise awareness and funds towards tackling important community issues.
"Funds raised today go towards 'The Difference' which seeks to tackle problem areas such as child abuse and neglect, suicide, homelessness and credit default," he said.
Broken into six legs, the 155km course takes in a range of Victorian landscapes as it winds its way from the main street of Marysville to the centre of Melbourne at Docklands. The event combines trail running, road cycling and flat water paddling. Participants compete as individuals or in relay teams of between three and six people.
"The event not only provides a great opportunity to showcase Victoria's fantastic regional areas and natural beauty, but also delivers a significant boost to local sports, tourism, investment and community spirit," Minister Delahunty said.
"That's why the Victorian Government is proud to have contributed $5,000 from the Significant Sporting Events Program, which is designed to support quality sporting events across the state such as this one.
Minister Delahunty was at Docklands to commend all competitors who took part in the race and contributed to the fundraising efforts for 'The Difference'.
Minister Delahunty also congratulated participating towns, councils and other government agencies for their logistical support of the event.