Blazing a trail up kunanyi
A three-day trail running and mountain culture festival will return in March as part of a national trail running series.
The kunanyi Mountain Run (kMR) is an annual trail running festival that gives runners the chance to run across Hobart’s iconic mountain.
The festival features different kinds of runs, including the 66-kilometre Ultra Run, the 25-kilometre Mountain Run and the five-kilometre Foothill Run.
Destination Southern Tasmania chief executive officer Alex Heroys said the event’s success had seen kMR selected to be part of a brand new, elite national trail running series.
“The kunanyi Mountain Run is putting Tasmania – and Hobart especially – on the world adventure tourism map,” Mr Heroys said.
“The Golden National Trail Series is being held in Australia for the first time following its huge success internationally.”
The 2024 kMR will be part of The Golden National Trail Series, which will also include events in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
“Trail running is an incredible opportunity for us in Tasmania and we know this event will attract many people into Southern Tasmania to experience the unparalleled nature and wilderness experience while competing and running recreationally,” Mr Heroys said.
As part of the Golden National Trail Series, runners from across Australia will be coming to kMR to experience some of the best trail running in the country.
“This surpasses anything we’ve ever seen in Australia’s trail running industry,” kMRs founder and run director Lincoln Quilliam said.
“This will entice Australia’s best trail runners to come down and compete in our legendary loop, the 25-kilometre Mountain Run, as well as attracting other trail running visitors and their families down to Tasmania for our event and beyond.
“It’s also a great thing to help inspire all Tasmanians to step out on to the trails to share in the health and wellbeing benefits those in our trail community are enjoying.”
Event organisers predict more than 1000 runners and 3000 total participants to come to the 2024 event.
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