Benalla’s Jack Wilson finished an eight-hour canoe in second place during day one of the Massive Murray Paddle.
Monday was the first day of the five-day event, which sees canoers traverse more than 400km.
Wilson said he was pleased with a second-place finish in the early stage of the race.
‘‘We started at 7am on my first Murray Marathon,’’ he said.
‘‘My teammate Brett Sutton and I have to paddle 404km in five days along the Murray River finishing in Swan Hill on Friday.’’
They completed the 93km day-one course from Yarrawonga to Tocumwal in about eight hours and 20 minutes, crossing the line second in their class, with 21 minutes to make up on their nearest rivals.
Their crew, Team Dilligaf-Legacy, have been training for the event since June this year, paddling up to 100km a week.
This year is the 49th edition of the Murray Marathon race, which brings together like-minded people working towards many goals.
The common theme throughout the race’s history is to fundraise and support charitable foundations to continue their necessary work throughout Australia and internationally.
‘‘More than this the paddle typifies the Aussie spirit of camaraderie and mateship,’’ Wilson said.
This year is Sutton’s 15th edition competing on the Murray, and his third full distance.
The team is fundraising in support of the Cancer Council of Victoria.
Wilson said the team’s personal goal was to win their TC2 canoe class and earn bragging rights within the Australian Canoe Racing community for the next year.
●If you would like to donate to this cause you can do so by going to myownway2017.com.au and searching for the Massive Murray Paddle.