The Massive Murray Paddle is returning this November and it appears set to be bigger than ever.

The event, originally known as the Murray Marathon, was first held in 1969 with an aim to raise money for the Australian Red Cross. That first event saw just 10 paddlers in seven canoes making the journey, whereas today the Massive Murray Paddle may include as many as 6,000 entrants, volunteers and supporters.

Held in November, temperatures can soar above 40 degrees as entrants make their way along the 404-kilometre trip, from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill. As a result, the event focuses less on who can finish the course in the shortest time, and more on the simple enjoyment of paddling.

The fundraising aspect of the paddle has also survived over the years, with this year’s partners including The Kids Cancer Project and R U OK? among others.

For multiday paddle enthusiasts, The Massive Murray Paddle is a chance to enjoy their sport on a more social level than they may otherwise experience. For beginner kayakers and canoeists, the event provides a  taste of multiday adventuring in a safe environment, while also gaining valuable experience from more practiced hands.

The event is open to individuals, teams and relay teams and paddlers are invited to use canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, out-riggers or even stand-up paddleboards.

Registration is open now with early-bird pricing available until the end of September. The event will be held from the 21st of November, finishing on the 25th.

See the Massive Murray Paddle website for more details or to sign up.