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Run, ride and paddle from Marysville to Melbourne

by Australian Road Research Board on March 24, 2011

It’s only 17 sleeps until the ARRB Adventurers undertake their arduous Marysville to Melbourne marathon (M2M) on Sunday 10 April.

While ARRB encourages health and fitness in the workplace, Don Larkin our Chairman, took that to a new level, inviting staff to join him in the M2M multi-sport challenge. The event is open to individuals to complete the course, as well as, those who may consider themselves ‘just a runner’ or ‘just a cyclist’, to form a team, so Alex Martin, Andrew Howard, Leigh Hughes and Luke Warren* accepted the challenge.

Immediately the team was formed, members began to work together organising administrative tasks and registration details, devising training sessions, time trials and keeping one another motivated.

On the day of the event, it’s important to minimise the waiting time at interchanges so the team has devised a strategy to ensure the team members are aware of what is happening and are ready to ‘pass on the baton’ in the most efficient time.

ARRB Adventurers are training for either their run through temperate rainforest with towering tree ferns lining the trail, riding on undulating hills through eucalypt bush land or kayaking on the serene Yarra River, through extensive parkland to the high rises and café strips of Southbank finishing at the Docklands.

Training does have its moments and everything was not quite smooth sailing, rather paddling, a couple of weeks ago, when our Chairman found himself upturned in a strong current and caught under trees, logs and debris in the Yarra. Don is committed to the task, and the team, and incidents such as these develop perseverance and character which is exactly what this event requires.

For more information on the course or for the best locations to watch the competitors go to http://www.marysville2melbourne.com.au/spectatorinfo.aspx

We wish ARRB Adventurers all the very best.

Break a leg!

Liz Thomas
Corporate Communications

*Andrew Howard: Engineer, Sustainable Infrastructure Science, R&C
Alex Martin: Engineer, Sustainable Infrastructure Science, R&C
Leigh Hughes: Team Leader, Data Processing, Systems
Luke Warren: Project Officer, Austroads