Top 3 Trail Run Events for Beginners in Tasmania (Updated for 2019)
Working towards an organised, timed event can definitely help you to stay motivated and keep you on track toward your goals.
Tasmania, with its spectacular rugged wilderness, is a trail runner's dream!
The state has its fair share of long and grueling ultras but what about for runners looking to tackle shorter distances?
We've put together a short list of "beginner friendly" trail run events in Tasmania. Whether you're new to running or new to trails, you should find something suitable below!
In no particular order...
1. Grapest 5k Run - www.grapest5krun.com.au
23rd November 2019
Pipers Brook Winery, Pipers Brook
Love running? Love wine? Say no more!
You'll be out running in the countryside but you won't be contending with the difficult terrain sometimes associated with trail races.
Set on the trails of the vineyard, this event is relaxed and a whole heap of fun! And if you are partial to a post-race glass of wine, there's certainly no shortage here!
If the thought of running "off the beaten track" worries you, this could be a great intermediary and a great excuse to get the gang together for a fun day out!
Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/grapest5krun
2. Tassie Trail Fest - www.tassietrailfest.com.au
2k, 5k, 6.5k, 10k, 16k, 21k, 42k
22nd - 24th February 2019
The Tassie Trail Fest, as the name suggests, is an absolute festival of trail running.
With a whole host of distances ranging from the big 44km race on the Saturday right down to the Friday night 2km dash, there's something for all runners.
For those looking to find their feet in the trail running world while taking part in the celebrations, the 6.5km and 5km races might be just the ticket.
There's even a couple of free 2km kids races so it's well worth taking the whole family and making a weekend out of it!
Photo source: http://www.tassietrailfest.com.au/
3. Gone Nuts 101 - www.gonenuts.com.au
25k, 50k, 101k
2nd March 2019
The Nut State Reserve, Stanley
Taking place in the states north-west corner at one of Tassie's most visited icons, The Nut, is the epic Gone Nuts 101 Adventure Run.
The scenery is breathtaking and the running is challenging on the body and mind. This event is in any serious trail runner's calendar.
We nearly didn't include it in this beginners list because the shortest distance is 25k. However, there are no cutoff times for the 25k race and walkers are more than welcome.
The course includes beach, rocks, farm land, rolling green pastures and spectacular views.
Everything about this event is epic and it's perfect for those seeking some adventure!
Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/gonenutstasmania
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