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The inaugural Murray Quad took place on Saturday 10 May 2014, despite the cold and wet conditions and altered racing schedule the inaugural Murray Quad was great success that raised more than $25,000 for the Save the Children charity. Due to the cold water temperature, low river level and heavy rain affecting roads and running tracks the competitors competed over a revised course covering 43.6km in three disciplines. After taken temperature readings of the water on the lake on Friday the swim was reduced to1.8km swim from the Rowing Club to the Yacht Club, as parts of run leg were affected by the rain it was reduced to 19.6km run through Chinaman’ Island and Silverwoods Black Bull Golf Course, the bike leg was cancelled due to wet roads and the lowest water level seen on the Murray River for years altered the kayak leg to a loop course around Thompson Beach that involved paddling upstream 5.5 km and returning downstream twice to make a 22.2km kayaking leg. The new finish at Thompson Beach created a carnival like atmosphere as spectators, team members and support crew waited for paddlers to finish the event with a 100 meter run up the beach to the finish line.

The first individual male winner (Australian Diamond Man) was Gary Rake from Canberra in a time of 4 hours 7 minutes and 51 seconds and received a diamond ring as a trophy. The first individual female (Australian Diamond Woman) was Elizabeth Dornom from Melbourne in a time of 4:30.17 also received a diamond ring. First relay team was the VU (Victoria University) Team which included Yarrawonga local Brea Roadley along with Sasch Bondaremko and Stephen Menzies from Melbourne recording a time of 3:39.19.

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