Trail events don't happen without partners. You may know them as 'sponsors'. But we prefer partners - they're not just flipping a few prizes our way and crossing their fingers. nope, they get their feet dirty with us, because they love the single track life as much as we do.
They are due our thanks and we reckon, if you happen to be in the market for what they offer, show some roundabouts and check them out. After all, we only partner up with the best...
They are our hosts. We are on their patch. And we thank them for their hospitality and allowing us to play in their stunning back yard. Be courteous to them, thank them for having us and treat their home as if it were yours. That way, we'll be allowed to come back!
It is the vision of Dorset Council that has allowed the seed of the idea that was a festival of trail running to germinate in their small township of Derby, where they have already welcomed mountain bikers by creating some of the best trails in the world. Whether they knew that would then attract us dirty minded runners, who knows? But when they were asked - can we come and run those lurvley trails of yours? - well, they welcomed with open arms and have since helped in countless ways to ensure the Tassie Trail Fest becomes an icon event not just for Tassie, but for Australian trail running. Get to know Dorset at www.dorset.tas.gov.au
BREAK O'DAY COUNCIL
When we looked around at the trails of Derby, and contemplated 'what other rad runs could we inject into the schedule?' - thinking that this is a FESTIVAL after all - the answer was clear: just down the road was the famous Blue Tier. An old road, it had been swallowed up by the ravenous Tassie bush, a corridor remaining perfect for the mountain bikers to smash down. For runners, it just happens to be the perfect up and back half marathon. Further, in year two of the Fest (2017), there will be a full loop, with World Trail weaving single trail magic once again as they have in Derby. While we can't use the new trail in Year One (2016), we have recce run the new loop and it is mind-blowing. But for now, we stick to the old school Tier. Which has its own charm trust us! And we get to experience a little of the new stuff on the return leg. Anyway, point is, Blue Tier is in a neighbouring council to Derby - Break O'Day - and they were super psyched to get in on the trail running action. Awesome. www.bodc.tas.gov.au
When it’s cool or downright cold, ioMerino thermal Merino wool layers will keep you warm and comfy. They may have started out making stuff for people in the snow, but these days they’re very much trail heads. Oh, and they’re Australian which is always nice too. Their stuff is soft, warm, comfortable, lightweight and perfect for trail running. If you’re not already familiar with what Merino is all about, think naturally breathable, moisture wicking, odour-resistant and thermo regulating - think keeps you warm when it’s cold, and stops you overheating when it warms up. The boss has run TNF100, and most of the team hike and run trails, so yeah, they know trail running. Check them out at ioMerino.com
There is a night run involved in the Tassie Trail Fest. Mandatory, you'll need a headlamp. Black Diamon make headlamps, perfect for the dark hour dash and just right for these types of trails. (They also make the best run/trek poles in the biz, too, but you won;t need them for this one, being no big-arsed mountains and all). Get a portable sun on your noggin. Get a Black Diamond. Check them at blackdiamondequipment.com and for stockists see www.seatosummit.com.au
SOS is a fast-acting electrolyte replacement and hydration drink that helps combat dehydration caused by active lifestyles and physical performance. That's trail running peeps. Great flavours. Solid science. SOS will be providing all your electrolyte needs out on the course SOS Hydration Stops. But get hydrated now at sosrehydrate.com/store/au/
THE RUNNING COMPANY LAUNCESTON
Yeah you can get your shoes online - but is that discount website going to look at your foot, check your gait, assess your stride, and give you a full analysis of just what's going on from top to toe, advising which shoe brands and models are best suited to bring you that inch closer to, if not victory on the trails, at least comfortable injury free running. Okay, you may need a coach, physic etcetera as part of the jigsaw solution to the latter, but The Running Company Launceston staff are runners, they know what they are talking about, and they carry great stock (including Icebug as it happens! But they'll tell you fairly and squarely what;s right for you). If you're in Lonnie, or passing through, go see them. Running gear galore. www.therunningcompany.com.au/launceston/
FIND YOUR FEET
Hobart-based trail running speciality store Find Your Feet is owned by some of the best in the trail running business. Hanny Alston is a Aussie champion orienteer and trail runner with elite wins to her credit. She's partnered by long time outdoor industry expert Graham Hammond. Both are usually found on the trail (Hanny takes trail run tour, seminars, coaches and offer all manner advice), but sometimes they can be dragged back to the store where they can guide you through a range of shoes and assorted trail kit from hydro packs to foul weather gear (hey, we're in Tasmania, remember?!). In Hobart, check by and say hello to Hanny and Graham via www.findyourfeet.com.au.
Moxie Gear was formed when owner, adventure racer, multis porter and trail runner, Darren Clarke, saw a gap in the market place for shin and ankle gaiter for the Adventure Racing, Regaining and trail running markets, a sector which has grown to include Obstacle racing and Crossfit. The design of Moxie gaiters comes from years of experience running through wild environments where shin and calf protection is critical. Darren then spent creating a product which provided comfort as well as protection through rough terrain and unexpected obstacles. www.moxiegear.com.au
RUN GOAT RUN
Run Goat Run styles itself on being fashionable mountain goats. That is, they produce way-cool run gear, both functional and fashionable (although we reckon they don’t follow the fashion on trail, they set it). Caps, tees and singlest resound with awesome designs that tell the world – you’re a mountain goat runner and proud. All of gear is locally sourced and made right here in Australia, whilst still being able to keep cost down . www.rungoat.com.au
LITTLE RIVERS BREWING Co.
Little Rivers Brewing Co. is the brainchild of brainchild of head brewer Chris Carins, who moved back to Tasmania in 2012 after working as the brewer for Burleigh Brewing in Queensland. He also has 7 years’ experience in winemaking at Pipers Brook Vineyard. The brewing premises and cellar door (drop in for a tasting!) is located in Scottsdale, en route to Derby from Launceston. The company focuses on a selection of premium craft beers and seasonal flavours, from dark largers, Kosch and Pale Ales to Hewewizen. Little Rivers is on tap and in bottleshops in Scottsdale, Weldborough, Launceston and Hobart. www.lrbrewing.com
The KOOEE! journey began on trail. The search for the perfect natural, high-protein snack started with its owners' deep-rooted Aussie love for the outdoors. From swinging kettle-bells to running ultra-marathons, they needed a healthier snack to fuel active lifestyles. Frustrated that most high-protein snacks were highly processed and full of sugar, they decided to create their own, using only the highest quality ingredients. The result? A delicious range of all-natural beef jerky made using the world’s finest 100% grass-fed beef from Tasmania, Australia (also a global benchmark for clean air and rainwater). Check it out at www.kooeesnacks.com.au.
VFuel Endurance Energy Gels and Drink are not just a convenient, premium energy source. VFuel ingredients are specially formulated to maximise the benefits of each training session or race by reducing the onset of muscle fatigue, minimising systemic damage and substantially accelerating recovery time. Regular use of VFuel will maximise your endurance and help you to bounce back faster after just about any kind of workout. www.vfuelaustralia.com
Veolia is a global leader in environmental solutions, working closely with all aspects of local government and some of Australia’s largest industrial and commercial companies (and best event companies!) to help reach sustainability goals; providing large-scale innovative water, energy and waste solutions - including for events like ours. When we approached them to ask about waste management at the Fest, they happily came on board to support and supply, deliver, and manage the bins required to keep Derby clean. Awesome! www.veolia.com.au
Adventure Types is RD Chris Ord's 'day job', a consultancy that specialises in developing adventure tourism, working with governments, tourism organisations, events and brands to grow what we call 'outdoor-active' tourism. From designing and curating adventure events (including trail runs!), to developing product development strategies, auditing landscapes and trails, researching travel markets and developing rich media content in the adventure sphere, Adventure Types is all about connecting with, well, adventure types. www.adventuretypes.com
TOUR DE TRAILS
Your host, event curator, trail run tour operator, dudes who are just trying to make a living by running trails...despite being average runners at best...we just love running wild. You get the gist...check out our tours and other events at www.tourdetrails.com
Your host, event curator, trail run coaches and all round Tassie trail fanatics www.ultrain.com.au
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