Participants in the Massive Murray Paddle make their way down the river after stopping at Thompsons Beach on Monday afternoon.
Paddlers made a pit stop at Thompsons Beach in Cobram as they made their way to Tocumwal on Monday.
Hundreds of people, taking part in the Massive Murray Paddle, formerly the Murray Marathon, stopped for a break, after setting off from Yarrawonga.
In total, 550 paddlers and 800 crew members are making their way down the Murray River, finishing in Swan Hill on Friday.
The 404 km event has followed the same course for 50 years and has been one of the great longdistance paddling races in the world, attracting keen paddlers, mostly from Australia, but more and more international paddlers each year.
The great race has always been a strong way to raise money for the community. For the past three years, under new ownership, participants can choose a community service or charity to give to.
That strategy has helped raise nearly $300 000 in the past two years, with the total this year estimated to be about $250 000 for mostly regional services.
The event’s owners, Shannon and Kate O’Brien from Sydney Harbour Kayaks and Mirage Sea Kayaks, are specialists in the Australian paddle sports industry, with a wide reach to attract many paddlers.
During the past two years, the Massive Murray Paddle has contributed more than $1 million to local economies along the Murray River.
Stopover: Thompsons Beach was a hive of activity as participants in the Massive Murray Paddle made a pit stop.
Solo: This gentlemen was a picture of concentration as he headed for Tocumwal.
Break: Paddlers were happy to see the sand at Thompsons Beach and rest up after a gruelling leg from Yarrawonga.