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
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.
RIDE • RUN • HIKE • TASTE
Tailored Trails cater to active travellers and lovers of artisan produce. They offer mountain biking and hiking transfers, as well as private taste tours throughout Tasmania.
Their passion is combining these loves to create bespoke holidays that showcase the world class trails, rugged scenery and fresh local fare. They look after the planning and logistics of your holiday, creating a truly unique experience on and off the trails.
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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