Some 120 runners have set out this morning on the 2021 takayna Trail ultramarathon in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine.
Bob Brown Foundation’s third annual ultramarathon had to overcome multiple challenges to reach the starting line, including a Supreme Court case which found that Forestry Tasmania could not stop the event going ahead.
The race traverses the heart of takayna / Tarkine, the largest temperate rainforest in Australia, with a 26 km and 51 km route through the spectacular forests between Tullah and Waratah.
“Here are hundreds of happy, healthy Australians running to keep these rainforests for future generations”, Bob Brown said today from the race headquarters in Waratah, in northwest Tasmania.
“It is inspiring, positive and will help greatly to boost the Waratah region’s global fame”, Bob Brown said.
The 120 runners and their supporters have so far raised over $165,000 to support Bob Brown Foundation campaigns to protect takayna / Tarkine as a World Heritage-listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership.