We are thrilled to announce registrations will open on 25th August for the 2022 takayna Trail 70 km ultramarathon and takayna26
takayna Trail is a celebration of trail and ultra running with a purpose.
As the takayna Trail community, our main goal is to use our love for running to help protect takayna. We run to have takayna protected as a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership.
The takayna region of north-western Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracks of Gondwanan rainforest in the world and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites in the southern hemisphere. Yet this place, which remains largely as it was when dinosaurs roamed the planet, is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining.
This is Australia's first trail running event which directly links our love for recreating in wild and beautiful places with their immediate protection. Our inclusive community of adventure and single track stoke seekers includes not only runners but surfers, rock climbers, hikers, parents, grandparents, gardeners – the list goes on as we welcome participants and volunteers of all ages and stripes to join our takayna celebrations.
takayna Trail incorporates ancient rainforests, moss-covered single track, centuries-old trees and lands which are rich and powerful in their natural beauty. We navigate this balance of the natural world, traversing through abandoned mining towns reclaimed by nature, forest-covered railway lines and tracks which could now be referred to as creeks. We cross rivers which harvest some of the cleanest water on the west coast of Tasmania and finish our day greeted by a warm welcome at our finish line and base camp in Waratah.
The takayna Trail ultramarathon invites runners and their support crews from across the nation, and indeed the globe, to spend time in this wild and ancient landscape. In doing so, they not only spend locally on accommodation, meals, and experiences, but they go home ambassadors for this region with their tales of how takayna moved them and the threats it still faces.
takayna Trail Race Lead
Feel the freshest air in the world fill your lungs as you tackle our exciting new route. Traverse the giants of a eucalypt forest, the unique grassland plains with spectacular mountain views and through a stretch of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest.
Race day is Saturday 26th February 2022. Pre-race dinner and registrations will be held on Friday 25th February at Waratah Men's Shed, takayna, North West Tasmania.
Entries are limited to 150 competitors, so get in quick to secure a spot.
We are, of course, sensitive to the complexities COVID19 holds for both our organisation and runners, so we will be carefully mapping a plan and adhering to all public health recommendations applicable to Tasmania. We remain optimistically cautious in our event planning, and look forward to being reunited with you all in the beautiful takayna.
Registrations open on Wednesday 25th August.
Not a runner but would love to be involved?
As usual, we rely upon our fantastic and committed volunteers to make these events a success – so if you are interested in joining us as a volunteer for this amazing event and being immersed in the Tarkine wilderness, click the button below to email Jo.
2021 Event Results
Mens takayna Ultra 65km
First Place - Jack Brownlee Qld - 5 hours 55 minutes
Second Place - Shervin Tosif Vic - 6 hours 3 minutes
Third Place - Nick Montgomery Vic - 6 hours 6 minutes
Women’s takayna Ultra 65km
First place - Laura Prescott -Tas - 6 hours 20 minutes
Second place - Jacqueline Fetchet NSW - 7 hours 14 minutes
Third place (two winners) - Jess Christiansen VIC and Bonnie Perris NSW - 7 hours 17 minutes
Men’s takayna 22 - 22km
First place - Nicholas Damen NSW - 1 hour 29 minutes
Second place - Sam Burke WA - 1 hour 30 minutes
Third place - David Lennon TAS - 1 hour 38 minutes
Women’s takayna 22 - 22km
First place - Pip Penrose NSW - 1 hour 39 minutes
Second place- Aimee Bliss TAS - 1 hour 54 minutes
Third place - Katie Ogler-Glover TAS - 2 hours