Media Release: TAKAYNA ULTRA MARATHON BEGINS – RUNNERS JOIN CAMPAIGN TO HELP SAVE ONE OF THE GREATEST WILD PLACES ON EARTH

The inaugural 65km takayna Ultra will be held on Friday 5 April.  Runners and organisers are heading to the northwest of Tasmania today as preparations begin for a unique event to help save takayna / Tarkine from logging, mining and off-road vehicle damage.

“Our inaugural ultra-marathon will bring great awareness of one of the last wild places on Earth, it will bring an economic boost to the northwest of Tasmania and is a fundraising event to support the Bob Brown Foundation campaign to have takayna / Tarkine protected as a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership,”  Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager with the Bob Brown Foundation said.

“The stunning and powerful film, takayna, produced and released in June 2018 by Patagonia, the global outdoor clothing company, inspired volunteers to approach our Foundation keen to help host an ultra-marathon. What a great outcome for the region that hundreds of people are travelling from across Australia, runners from the US and New Zealand and all around the state to visit the stunning takayna / Tarkine and participate in the takayna Ultra,” Jenny Weber said.

“Patagonia is proud to partner with the Bob Brown Foundation for the inaugural takayna Ultra.  Patagonia Australia has been supporting the Bob Brown Foundation for a number of years through the 1% For the Planet environmental grants program and it made total sense for us to continue our support through this event, showcasing the beauty of the region.

Wild places continue to decline worldwide. Throughout our company’s 45-year history, we have fought for the protection of wild places to preserve environmental and cultural heritage values for future generations”,  said Dane O'Shanassy, Country Director Australia & New Zealand, Patagonia Inc

Australian Ethical is a sponsor for the takayna Ultra.

“We are proud to sponsor the takayna Ultra to help protect this area of outstanding heritage value. At Australian Ethical, taking action to safeguard Australia’s natural landscapes is in our DNA as a company and important to our members who look to us advocate for issues that are central to them and the future of our planet. We are particularly honoured to be working alongside the Bob Brown Foundation and adding our voice to this uniquely Australian cause,” said Phil Vernon, AE CEO Australian Ethical

For more information: Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager, Bob Brown Foundation – 0427 366 929

 

 


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