ENTRIES OPEN – Footscray Murray Marathon Dress Rehearsal

Footscray Murray Marathon ‘Dress Rehearsal’ – Sun 12 Dec

Updated 13 Dec

The Dress Rehearsal is the highlight of the Footscray Canoe Club racing year. This event simulates the Murray Marathon, with simulated food drops and is open to relay teams. Non-paddling ground crew is required as is transport for relay teams.


Maribyrnong River, starting and finishing at Footscray Canoe Club.

The course consists of one lap of the Maribyrnong River, between Dynon Rd and just past Canning St.


Male/Mixed V40 (40 and over)
All Relay Teams

Female V40
Male/Female/Mixed V50
All U18

Male/Female/Mixed V60
Male/Female/Mixed U16
Male/Female/Mixed U14

Sub Juniors (U12)

NB. Age as of 31 Dec 2010.


All canoe/kayak types catered for


One checkpoint is at the top turn and one at the start/finish line.

Token Drop

To simulate food drops, non-relay competitors in the 28km and 22km events must collect a token from their ground crew at one of the checkpoints. Competitors will be penalized 5min if they do not have their token with them at the finish line.

Relay Teams

Relay teams may enter. The team must consist of at least 2 crews up to a maximum of 4 crews. Relay teams must change at each checkpoint within 150m of the checkpoint. There are a total of 3 checkpoints (therefore 4 legs). No crew can paddle consecutive legs. Relay teams are responsible for their own transport to/from the top turn checkpoint. All team paddlers are to pay the full entry fee.


– All canoes/kayas must carry one personal flotation device (PFD) per paddler at all times. Paddlers under 16 must wear their PFD at all times.
– All canoes/kayaks must have positive buoyancy, that is, if filled with water they must remain afloat.
– Craft will be inspected by race officials prior to entering the pontoon area, to confirm conformance to the above.
– All paddlers must stop and offer assistance to a fellow competitor if they are in need. Times will be adjusted appropriately.
– Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the race.

Race Briefing

All paddlers must be at the race briefing at 10:30AM.

Race Start

Sub-juniors start 10:30AM
All others start 11:00AM

Entries have now closed

Pre-enter online now for discounted entry fees. No need to pay online, just pre-enter and pay on the day at the pre-entered desk.

For crews/teams of more than one person: One entry per canoe/kayak. The crew must nominate a Captain, who is reponsible for pre-entering here and paying on the day. Individual pre-entries and payments will not be accepted.

School Teams. Do not enter here. See your school’s kayaking coordinator.

Australian Canoeing Members
Sub-juniors (U12): $3; Juniors (U18) $10; Adults $15 (per paddler)

Not an AC member?
Sub-juniors (U12): $3; Juniors (U18) $10; Adults $15 (per paddler)
Each non-AC member is also required to complete an event entry and application form available HERE.

Pre-entries close 11:59PM, Thu 9 Dec

Late Entries

Accepted on race day, OPEN 9:00AM, close 10:00AM

Team entries and payments must be made by a team captain on behalf of the team. Individual payments will not be accepted, but change will be available to assist you in paying your team captain.

An additional $5 per paddler applies to those who to enter or make changes to a pre-entry on the day

Food and Amenities

Footscray’s usual BBQ, pasta, drinks, espresso coffee and the like will be on sale as usual

Toilets, warm showers and car parking all on-site. Plus there’s a walking track along the entire course, so if you’re not paddling, bring your bike and cheer along your mates.

Race Results and Photos

Will be available here online after the race

Murray Marathon Race Scrutineering

YMCA have advised they will be at the Footscray Canoe Club to perform scrutineering of craft entering the Murray Marathon. This process is separate from the Dress Rehearsal race and the Footscray Canoe Club has no control or influence over this process. For more information see the YMCA Murray Marathon webpage.