When I heard of this event, nothing had screamed 'YES!' louder over the past 12 months during my time in the trail running world.
Why? Because Takayna Ultra, is much more than a running race. It is a combination of activism, physical challenge, raw scenic beauty and an opportunity to help save a part of our home planet.
The event experience was one of grounded unity. The feeling at the pre race briefing was one I'd liken to a race briefing from 10 years ago. No mobile phones were out, distracting the interactions between people, quickly breaking down the barrier between stranger and friend.
Raising awareness and funds to help support the Bob Brown Foundation and its campaign to help save The Tarkine Wilderness was one aspect of this race which brought a community feeling which is unseen at many (if any) other running races.
This was the difference, I believe and it was a pleasure to be a part of.
My decision not to run this race came from the desire to help this race evolve and be recognised for what it is. I felt my time was better spent collecting memories and content of the event to help it continue to be a significant event on the global running calendar.
Below is a clip of the day.
Please, support this event, The Bob Brown Foundation and its many great campaigns!