You can enter Tassie Trail Fest any of the following ways:
MULTIDAY ULTRA MADNESS
SINGLE / MULTIPLE DISTANCES ENTERED SEPERATELY
To understand how each entry category works and what might be best for you, please see Entry Details page HERE.
Briefly, the distances on offer across three days include:
IO MERINO TIME TRIAL 2km DASH FOR CASH - FRIDAY
MARATHON (44km) - SAT
FIND YOUR FEET HALF MARATHON (21km) - SAT
RUN GOAT RUN 6.5km - SAT
BLACK DIAMOND 14km (NIGHT) - SAT
IO MERINO HALF MARATHON (22km) - SUN
RUN GOAT RUN 5km - SUN
16km (Day - SUN)
2km KIDS (FREE) - SAT & SUN
Use the collated Google map below to explore each run. You can turn different routes on and off using the arrow/screen icon in the top left corner. It will open a menu where you can tick the runs on/off. Then zoom in using the +/- keys bottom left and move around the map by grabbing and dragging. You can also go to the original map for more functionality HERE.
Wow! That's all we could mumble when we came off the recce for this course. Nothing. Else. Like. It. In. Australia.
This puppy is a rolling bevy of roughly 80% single track, all of which has been custom built for mountain biking - meaning actually, most of it is smooth and silky underfoot, with the odd rock garden, but nothing way technical to scare anyone off.
The course follows the western trails southbound, keeping to the outermost loops, taking in a bunch of single track until hitting a small doubletrack section including a short but beefy climb, 'Heartbreak Hill'. Then it's on to sidle alongside the shores of Cascade Dam. At the rear of the dam, runners leave the MTB network for a stretch - taking fire roads deeper into the south, a good time to get some steady state pace in. It's a time to get into stride a little after all the rollercoaster running, the reward awaiting an incredible dam busting experience as you run under and then eventually through a perforated dam wall being retaken by ferny forest.
Another stretch on dirt road takes you eventually to a flowing gem: the all new Atlas flow trail that eventually delivers you back to the Derby MTB network, but not without taking you through giant fern and towering forest country, complete with an amazing switchback berm descent. It's single track all the way home now, but steel yourself. The rollercoaster is back, and while you float along the trails, the berm sections will test leg strength in the latter stages.
It's safe to say there is simply no other trail marathon quite like this one in the country, such is its Tassie wilderness grandeur, peppered with special historical dam features and the unique challenge of running deceptively smooth, but tough on the body nevertheless, mountain bike trails. This is a unique opportunity, also, to enjoy these trails MTB-free.
SUPPORTED BY FIND YOUR FEET
(SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY - 8.30AM)
ELEVATION (APPROX): 839M ASCENT / 744 DESCENT
MAX ELEVATION: 441m
AID STATIONS: 8km + 15.5km + 18km
The 21km Derby (Saturday) course follows the same route as the 44km, until the 9.5km mark, where a marshall will direct runners to swing left over a small wooden bridge, to continue following the MTB single track (NOTE: 44km runners will push on straight ahead up a dirt road. 21km runners MUST turn left here!). Basically, 21km runners follow the Dam Busters MTB circuit, swooping around the east side of Cascade Dam, enjoying an undulating ride through lush forest dotted with gigantic trees (the cover shot of this website was shot along this stretch!).
Crusty runners will slow down a touch for the awesome views discovered along this stretch, including along the bank and from up high.
Leaving the dam bank, you will then do a little climbing, weaving and wandering in the forest before dropping down. There's a bunch of awesome berms to be negotiated, count em if you can!
Eventually you will drop into what we call Five Ways, the junction (and checkpoint / aid station) located in the centre of all the Derby courses. Pop out onto the rock valley, grab a drink and a bite, then dive right back in. Be aware that you need to have your wits about you here as there are a few junctions and runners being directed off into various trails pending what distance. The 21km runners take the SECOND left have turn once leaving Fiveways. DO NOT keep heading south along Krushkas! That's for the 44km (Sat) and 14km runners (Sunday). You need to hook onto your second left to pick up 'Rattler' trail. This will take your on a long switchback past Sneaky Lizard Lookout, before dropping you back on to 'Howler', followed by Sawtooth and a little fun detour via Berms and Ferns and back to the finish ine. But not before a sneaky extra 700 metre winder near the finish where we can watch you battle it out against your mate in the final stretch. We'll cheer. You then cross the line and can go grab a cheeky Little Rivers Brewing Co beer to quench the thirst.