Trail Ultra scene growing out West

The culmination of another very successful season of trail racing from the Perth Tail Series was held last weekend in the hills just south of Perth with another trail ultra joining the booming 6 Inch Trail Marathon and the Kep Ultra as part of the state’s surging interest in Trail Ultras. Race director and ultra running icon Bernadette Benson gives us a rundown on the up and down run. Last Sunday, April 21st, Perth Trail Series hosted its first ultramarathon,…

Trail run docos get airing at Brooks Trail Run Fest

With a gathering of like minded dirty souls set to happen on Mt Baw Baw on March 9-11 for the Brooks Trail Run Festival, it seems only appropriate that two of last year’s biggest runs will feature as the evening entertainment, with only the second ever public screening of adventure runner Beau Miles’ new running film, Trials of Miles: running the Australian Alpine Walking Track slated for the Saturday night. Miles, a local Noojee resident who grew up in Mt…

Brooks joins ambassadors to headline Baw Baw Trail Run Fest

Brooks Running has bolstered its support for the trail running community with the announcement that it has confirmed a partnership to inaugurate the Brooks Trail Run Festival taking place in Victoria on 9-11 March, 2013. The announcement comes atop news that two of Australia’s best known adventure runners, Richard Bowles and Samantha Gash, have also been appointed as official ambassadors.The pair have both recently come off record-breaking runs, Bowles recently completing the double of being the first to run Australia’s…

100 Reasons: doco on DVD

A new ultra trail running documentary film has been released that asks the question: why would anyone want to run 100 kilometres through some of Australia’s toughest mountain terrain? Launched this month, ‘100 Reasons: Running The North Face 100’ follows six ordinary people – mostly non runners – attempting to achieve extraordinary things and change their lives by running 100km through New South wales’ iconic Blue Mountain wilderness in under 24 hours. Each runner has their own story to tell…

Manaslu trail run magic…coming?

I’m not sure how I came across it, but when I did, I was hooked. One flick through the day-by-day run itinerary, a swoon at the pictures of the landscapes to be trotted through, and I was there in spirit already. And while the spirit flew to Nepal months ago, champing at the bit at the thought of the inaugural Manaslu Trail Race, I’ve got between now and November ten to get the body prepared. Stop the donuts. And the…

SCOTT’S QUEST: a trail running odyssey

Scott Knabel is on a mission: to change his life. Through trail running. Judged as morbidly obese by doctors, he has tried and failed to change his lifestyle in the past. But this is different. This time he’s playing dirty. Specifically, he’s taking on the Salomon Trail Run Series in Melbourne, Australia, as the stepping stone to losing weight, picking up energy, getting healthier, kicking any leanings toward depression, and, eventually, he wants to conquer a 100km ultra, with the…

Slices of sanity amidst the boom

Watch it and get excited… this despatch from Salomon / The Africa Attachment featured Kiwi trail Queen Anna Frost, but also this little vignette manages to capture something of the essence of trailrunning. It features the elites, sure, but hell, it feels like you’re watching people just like you and me. And really you are..they’re just that little but faster than you. But they have the same kind of dirty soul (a good one) as you and me… and they…

Salomon announces AU trail team for 2012

Salomon Australia has announced its trail team for 2012, with four exceptional athletes – including TRM’s own senior contributor Margaretha (Gretel) Fortmann - set to race under the Salomon banner this year. Congratulations to Andrew Vize, Mick Donges, Matt Cooper and Gretel. Here’s a brief bio of each (below) or you can download more detailed profiles HERE (500kb). Interestingly, we have one Salomon team member interviewing another with Margaretha’s profile of Mick Donges, along with fellow gun runner Brendan Davies, in edition #4…

Run The Planet journey begins in Red Centre

Two Antipodeans are about to embark on an endurance run challenge that will see the pair retrace the footsteps of an Indigenous stockman who, in 1922, ran 252km through harsh desert country to save the life of a dying missionary. On 25 February, 2012 Victorian (and Trail Run Mag editor) Chris Ord – a novice to ultra running (but not trail!) – will join experienced ultra runner, New Zealander Lisa Tamati, to run the 126km leg from Hermannsburg to Alice…

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