In2Adventure has announced the launch of challenging trail run events held in the rugged mountain terrain of Australia’s iconic Snowy Mountains, ‘the Snowies’, in southern New South Wales. The Snowies Ultra Trail Run Festival, will be held in conjunction with TreX, Australia’s national cross triathlon series, which includes seven events across the country, and will include a 50k Ultra Trail Run, half marathon, 12k and 5k events.
The Snowies Ultra Trail Run Festival will take place on Sunday 25 February 2018. It will follow the TreX Cross Triathlon, which takes place on Saturday 24th, and which includes the Australian National Championships and world champ qualification events for both cross triathlon and aquathlon.
Based in the heart of the Snowy Mountains the event showcases the region’s Thredbo Valley and takes in some of the very best the region has to offer, including the rugged mountain terrain that traverses the Thredbo and Little Thredbo Rivers.
The event is hosted by In2Adventure and will be based at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, the venue for the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in 2016.
In2Adventure has been hosting specialist off road and adventure events throughout Australia for over 10 years and Race Director Simon Lazenby sees the launch of this new trail run festival in the Snowy Mountains as “an eagerly anticipation addition to the wide array of off road events already hosted in the Snowies region.”
The Snowy Mountain have established a reputation as ‘Australia’s Adventure Playground’ over the past five years – with summer visitation rising, as mountain bikers, trail runners and multisport athletes flock to the region. This has been encouraged with the hosting of events including the World, Oceania and Australian cross triathlon championships, the Australian aquathlon championships and the widely acclaimed Snowies Mountain Bike Festival.
Anthony Cleary, General Manager of Lake Crackenback Resort, which will host the event, added “Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is extremely excited to welcome the new Snowies Trail Run Festival to the Snowies region. We are proud to partner with fantastic operators such as In2Adventure to host these events and showcase the Snowy Mountains region to new and returning visitors.
“The Trail Run Festival is well suited to the beautiful surrounds of the resort, with a lot of challenging terrain to navigate. The excitement and hype of the weekend will be exhilarating, with the Australian Cross Triathlon on the same weekend. We look forward to welcoming all competitors, support crew, family, friends and spectators to the resort to what is sure to be a great weekend.”
The course will also hold some special experiences for athletes. Event Director Robyn Lazenby said “The rugged mountain terrain, the history of the mountain men, the challenging altitude, the spectacular scenery plus all the luxury of a 4.5 star resort combine to make this the perfect location for a world class trail running festival.
“We look forward to welcoming the many competitors and friends and family from across Australia and the world who will be joining us in Australia’s Premier Adventure Playground.”
When asked more about what the course will offer to Australia’s trail running enthusiasts Robyn added, “Starting at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, the course follows the beautiful Thredbo Valley Trail (TVT) which undulates and climbs the spectacular Thredbo Valley alongside the Thredbo River within Australia’s iconic Kosciuszko National Park.
“Starting at an altitude of 1260m and with an elevation change of 530m, runners will be tested with over 50k of rugged terrain, technical single track, a mammoth ascent, and awe inspiring downhills.”
The weekend schedule offers a wide range of events for all ages and abilities including the ultra-trail run, half marathon, 12k, 5k and Kids Mud Rats events along with the Standard, Sprint, Junior, Teaser and Dirt Kids triathlon events, plus a duathlon and aquabike and the National Aquathlon Championships.
Entries open at 09:00 AEST on Wednesday 1 November with a ‘One Day Only Entry Special’. Here, the first 50 entries on Wednesday 1 November will be able to enter any Snowies Trail Run Festival event for AU$20.