On Saturday, 24th of February 2024, 200 nature-loving trail runners will embark on a run to save one of the last wild places on earth.


Back for its fifth year, takayna Trail is an annual trail running event hosted by the Bob Brown Foundation in the old-growth forests of takayna/Tarkine in lutriwita/Tasmania’s northwest.

This event invites first-time and experienced trail runners from all across the continent to experience the Gondwana rainforests of takayna, with the hope that it inspires them them to help see this precious ecosystem protected against the multiple threats it currently faces, including acid mine drainage, deforestation, and contamination of waterways by proposed new mines.

This year, three events are on offer: 22km, 37km, or the 62km ultra. Each route takes you through towering eucalyptus forest and along moss-lined trails to experience the beauty and biodiversity first-hand.

As you cross the finish line in Waratah (possibly muddy, probably sweating, and most definitely smiling), you may be lucky enough to give the formidable Bob Brown himself a (sweaty) hug or high-five!

Running for Change

Unlike other events, the training and running are only part of the experience. To date, runners have raised over a million dollars to support the tireless efforts of the Bob Brown Foundation. Last year, 140 runners collectively raised $460k, and this year, they aim to hit the half-a-million milestone.

These funds support the Bob Brown Foundation’s hard work to have takayna/Tarkine protected as a World Heritage-listed National Park and returned to Aboriginal ownership.


Only 200 Places Available

Places are limited and are filling fast for takayna Trail 2024. The event will be on the 24th of February in North West Tasmania.

Event entry fees range from $200 – $300 and include a hearty vegan dinner on the Friday and Saturday night, a race-tee from Patagonia, and a life-changing experience.

Find Out More


Keen to head along but feeling the pinch with travel costs? The crew at Tarkine Running are offering one lucky person an all-expenses paid trip to the event (including event entry and running kit) from anywhere in Australia.


Feature image thanks to the Bob Brown Foundation