ONLINE entries for the Morrisons Wharf to Winery swim close tomorrow ahead of the race this Sunday, but competitors can still sign up on the day.
The event has joined a collection of races from around the world as part of the global swim series in its third year of running.
Results from the event can now go towards swimmers’ world rankings, which gives competitors an added incentive to enter and help reach their goals.
Race co-ordinator Kelley Walker hoped collaborating with the global swim series would help grow the event in years to come.
‘‘Hopefully it attracts swimmers from not only interstate, but perhaps all over the world at some point in time,’’ she said.
‘‘We already have someone entered from the Northern Territory and we’re expecting a lot more people to sign up on the day.
‘‘The event is quite unique and different to other events throughout Australia as most marathon swims are completed in the ocean or in a lake.
‘‘It’s on a completely different scale to what people are used to and has the potential to become quite a unique event.’’
The 3km inland, downstream swim along the river provides the perfect opportunity for individuals who aren’t as confident in the water as the current helps swimmers along.
Walker said the number of entrants the past year were up from the previous and hoped this year would continue to see the event grow.
Entries are available for the open and social categories, with those in the open event competing against one another for a share in the prize money and medals available to winners of the social events.
Swimmers are set to depart from the historic Echuca Wharf off the PS Pride of the Murray at 9.30am following check-in from 8am in front of the Alison Barge old timber boat on the grass at Hopwood Gardens, Echuca.
They will then embark on a 3km swim downstream, finishing at Morrisons Riverview Winery and Restaurant where competitors and spectators can enjoy a range of free family activities, live music and post-race refreshments.
Walker said the timing of the weekend was important in ensuring it didn’t clash with any other major event.
‘‘It means we can have more people competing, especially at a local level,’’ she said.
Online registration can be made through Active.com or entries can be made on the day at the Victoria Park boat ramp with $5 from each entry going towards Community Living and Respite Services.
For further information call Kelley Walker on 0417 354 132.