Equipment & Safety

Equipment Transfers

Rapid Ascent will conduct the following equipment transfers during the M2M to assist competitors and support crews with race logistics:

  • Individuals running gear will be moved from T1 to T3
  • Hydration and nutrition gear will be transported to T2 at Kinglake from the start

Please follow these instructions to utilise these services:

Run gear from T1 to T3:

  • When you are at T1, place all your running equipment in a bag that clearly shows your race number
  • Give the bag to the race marshals at the exit to the TA
  • We will take the bag to T3 and line the bags up in numerical order around the transition area fence so you can collect them when you get there
  • NOTE: running equipment that is not placed in a numbered bag that is not given to marshals at T1 will not be transferred to T3 – if you want it moved then you MUST give it to us.

Hydration and nutrition gear to T2 at Kinglake

  • We will take any riders’ preferred hydration (water bottles) and nutrition (food) to T2 at Kinglake for you to save your support crew from going there unnecessarily
  • Please write your competitor number on your bottles and put them and any food to be transferred in a clearly numbered (plastic) bag
  • Give us your bags at competitor registration on either Friday evening at Yarra’s Edge or Saturday afternoon at Marysville (do not give us your gear on Sunday morning – this is too late)
  • We will line your bottles and food up in T2 for you to collect on your way through


The following equipment list forms part of the rules of the Marysville to Melbourne Multisport Challenge Compulsory equipment to be carried on all legs

  • Race bib
  • Timing band

Recommended equipment to be carried on running legs

  • Sufficient clothing and hydration / nutrition for your expected time to complete the run(s)
  • A map of the course
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mobile phone

Compulsory equipment to be carried on the cycling legs

  • Snell B95 standard (AS/NZS 2063:1996) approved helmet to be worn at all times.

Recommended equipment to be carried on cycling legs.

  • Sufficient clothing and hydration / nutrition for your expected time on the bike.
  • Maintenance equipment to fix flat tyres, broken chains etc.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mobile phone
  • A map of the course

Compulsory equipment to be carried on the paddle legs

  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device) with a whistle attached to be worn by all paddlers.
  • A white light of minimum 50 lumens to be turned on when on the water after official sunset time (5:35pm).

Recommended equipment to be carried on paddle legs.

  • Footwear or other paddling shoes (for the T5 portage and in case you have to get out of your boat)
  • High powered, waterproof lighting to illuminate the water ahead of you if paddling after sunset.
  • Sufficient clothing (thermal top and bottom) to keep warm if you fall in or get wet.
  • Sufficient hydration / nutrition for your expected time to complete the paddle.
  • Mobile phone (sufficiently waterproofed).


Equipment advice


Run legs 

  • Although the run legs are not technical, they are not on sealed surfaces. Running shoes with some grip are recommended, rather than road racing ‘flats’, especially if it is wet.
  • We would recommend that runners carry hydration with them, especially if it is hot.


Cycling legs

  • There is much debate amongst cyclists who know the course whether to use a time trial bike or a traditional road bike. If you have the choice between the two, our comment would be to ride the bike you are the most comfortable on climbing and descending as sections of the course are of a more technical nature than just riding along Beach Road for example.

 Paddle legs

  • Select a paddle craft that you are comfortable in – especially in terms of stability. Any benefit of paddling a quick boat will be lost many times over if you fall out of it and need to swim it to the bank, empty it out and then get back in.
  • Ocean going boats such as surf skis, ocean racing skis and other (plastic and fibre glass) sit on top kayaks, are equally as appropriate as a K1 or TK1 if this is what you have and what you are comfortable paddling.
  • The river may be shallow and you should exercise caution if paddling with an under stern rudder.

Fitness Paddlers Australia - Paddling sponsor of M2M

Fitness Lifestyle is a major sponsor of the event for the next 3 years and will provide you with all your paddling equipment. They specialise in a range of ocean skis, kayaks from the leading brands, Think, Stellar, Vadja, Point 65, Apollo Craft and Spirit PRS.  Check out their website

Based in Melbourne, contact John Lisica and he can help you with your paddling needs.

GU Nutrition

All competitors will receive a GU Energy Gel at Registration. Make sure you bring a print out of the voucher in the event program which will be emailed to you 2 weeks before the event. You can purchase all your hydration needs before the event through Fitness Paddlers Australia at Registration.