Last year the takayna Ultra raised $100k to help protect the ancient Tarkine Rainforest. And this year’s event promises to be even bigger.

The Tarkine, or takayna in the local Indigenous language, is the largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest in Australia. Despite its clear environmental and cultural value (the Tarkine is full of Aboriginal middens) the area is under threat from logging, mining and development.

The run was created to raise awareness of the area, the push for World Heritage listing, and to raise money for the Bob Brown Foundation in its fight to protect it.

This Year’s Event

The second takayna ultramarathon is set to run on the 13th of March. As before, the event will traverse vast buttongrass plains for 17km, before turning and heading up the coast for a sprightly marathon finish.

If 65km sounds a bit rowdy then no stress, takayna22, you guessed ita 22km run, has been added for this year’s event.

Logging has begun in the Que River area, despite 288,000 people signing a petition for protection of the region. With the climate crisis only worsening, destroying ancient carbon stores should be the last thing on our minds – but there’s more work to be done to prevent it happening


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Feature photo by Jarrah Lynch