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kunanyi Mountain Run

8th-10th April 2022

Every step a story. The first ever kunanyi Mountain Run is your chance to be a part of the newest chapter in this mountain’s amazing story. kMR is a trail running festival celebrating Hobart’s mountain culture, bringing trail runners, adventurers and the wider community together to feel the power of connection with kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

kMR was borne from a grassroots demand for an immersive event in Australia's only mountain capital, and a vision for every runner, crew member and supporter to learn from and be inspired by the community’s connection with the mountain.
Come and share the story in April 2022.

Entries open 24th November @7pm! (AEDT)
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kunanyi culture

kunanyi – always was, always will be Aboriginal land

"kunanyi is a dominant feature in what is a bold, open and embracing cultural landscape. A landscape that connects ancient pathways from as far as the deep southwest corners of our island through to the vast open hunting grounds of the midlands and importantly to the rich valleys of timtumili minanya – Derwent River and nipaluna – Hobart.

"These pathways are steeped in the history of thousands of generations of palawa, walking, living and dying under the protection and dominant impact that kunanyi imprints on each and every one of us still today.

"Thousands of generations of palawa drinking from the fresh water that runs through her veins and into this country, eating from the cultural foods that seasonally replenish our bellies and thousands of generations that have carried the unbroken connections to our creation stories, to our ancestors and to the spirits of our old people. kunanyi carries our cultural stories, stories and songlines passed down from generation to generation connecting the past with the future, old with new and playing a major role in maintaining one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world, the culture of the palawa people."

Shared by the Tasmanian Aboriginal CentreTasmanian Aboriginal Centre

landscapes

Climbing from close to sea level up to 1271m and spanning a huge 139km around its park boundary, kunanyi is host to many diverse landscapes and ecosystems, each prolific with Tasmanian endemic species. Windswept alpine fields, dry eucalypt forests, sunless rainforest gullies and imposing dolerite cliffs all have their place on this incredible mountain.

  • Dry mature silver peppermint forest
  • Dense wet mature eucalypt forest
  • Dolerite boulder fields
  • The famous Organ Pipes
  • Alpine snowgums
  • Alpine heath
  • The Cathedral/Montagu skyline ridge
  • Ferny gullies – Myrtle Forest, Myrtle Gully, Fern Glade, Silver Falls

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run events

8th-10th April 2022

For experienced trail runners, this is a chance to write history as part of the first genuine trail festival on a mountain that already has a bucket-list-worthy reputation. For those new to trail running, this is your invitation to take on an exciting and inspiring challenge – and get a great yarn out of it.

We care about safety. Mandatory gear will be required and the list will be provided prior to registration.

Ultra marathon (Solo) 68km

3,960m±   9th April 2022 @ 6am

The full epic

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Ultra marathon (Team Relay) 68km

3,960m±   9th April 2022 @ 7am

Share the saga - Same route as the Ultra solo but in teams of 5 with each leg being around 13km and 750m+-

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Mountain Run 27km

1,620m±   9th April 2022 @ 10am

The legendary loop

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Vertical Kilometre 5km

1,000m+   10th April 2022 @ 10am

One tall tale - The skyrunning ANZ national team selection race!

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Entries open 24th November @7pm! (AEDT)
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Ultra marathon (Solo) 68km

3,960m±   9th April 2022 @ 6am

The full epic

The event the Australian trail running community has been asking for since the 1900s.

Get yourself into a rhythm as you hit the dry forests and single-trails of South Hobart. As the trail gets steeper, the rainforest fern trees of the gorgeous Myrtle Gully Track get bigger. Passing Junction Cabin, the sunlight returns and you’re up into the scree and then boulder fields before you finally hit the summit aid station, with breathtaking views around the southern part of the state.

From there, the quads get some respite as you traverse the breezy, snow-gummed alpine country of the Wellington Range over Mount Connection, past the head of Sleeping Beauty, then down into the lush rainforest creek of Myrtle Forest, home to the second aid station – you'll want to fuel up for the climb back up.

Pushing back up out of the tall trees and onto the range again, the views are back as you pass the rocky outcrops of Collins Cap, Collins Bonnet and Trestle Mountain. With Trestle behind you, it’s time to leave the alpine zone again and dive towards beautiful Mountain River (under the mountain, next to a River) and Aid Station #3.

The last big climb is waiting for you, and there’s a reward when you get to the top the impressive (and impressively accessible) skyline ridges of Montagu Thumbs and Cathedral Rock. Have your scrambling muscles and cameras ready for this bit. There’s a picturesque out and back before the next aid station, a quick river crossing and a short climb until you’re on the smooth, gentle downhill of the wide Pipeline Track. Your legs will love this 8km.

Your final aid station is the Fern Tree Tavern, and from here you can tell it’s all downhill to finish. Chimney Pot Hill and Ridgeway trails take you towards Tolmans Hill and around the Waterworks. It’s all fist pumps and victory cries as you hit Huon Road, pass the famous Cascade Brewery, and across the finish line. You’ve done it! The first kunanyi Mountain Run ultra, and you’ll have some stories to tell about this epic day out.

The Ultra solo is suitable for experienced trail runners and previous race experience will be needed for qualification (details to come).

Entries open 24th November @7pm! (AEDT)
Register your interest now to access pre-sales on the 22nd November:

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Ultra marathon (Team Relay) 68km

3,960m±   9th April 2022 @ 7am

Share the saga

The same route as the Ultra Solo, but shared across your team of 5, with runners passing the (virtual) baton at each aid station (about 13km and 750m+- apart). Set a cracking pace with your squad, or challenge yourself and your mates to do something out of the ordinary.

Get yourself into a rhythm as you hit the dry forests and single-trails of South Hobart. As the trail gets steeper, the rainforest fern trees of the gorgeous Myrtle Gully Track get bigger. Passing Junction Cabin, the sunlight returns and you’re up into the scree and then boulder fields before you finally hit the summit aid station, with breathtaking views around the southern part of the state.

From there, the quads get some respite as you traverse the breezy, snow-gummed alpine country of the Wellington Range over Mount Connection, past the head of Sleeping Beauty, then down into the lush rainforest creek of Myrtle Forest, home to the second aid station – you'll want to fuel up for the climb back up.

Pushing back up out of the tall trees and onto the range again, the views are back as you pass the rocky outcrops of Collins Cap, Collins Bonnet and Trestle Mountain. With Trestle behind you, it’s time to leave the alpine zone again and dive towards beautiful Mountain River (under the mountain, next to a River) and Aid Station #3.

The last big climb is waiting for you, and there’s a reward when you get to the top the impressive (and impressively accessible) skyline ridges of Montagu Thumbs and Cathedral Rock. Have your scrambling muscles and cameras ready for this bit. There’s a picturesque out and back before the next aid station, a quick river crossing and a short climb until you’re on the smooth, gentle downhill of the wide Pipeline Track. Your legs will love this 8km.

Your final aid station is the Fern Tree Tavern, and from here you can tell it’s all downhill to finish. Chimney Pot Hill and Ridgeway trails take you towards Tolmans Hill and around the Waterworks. It’s all fist pumps and victory cries as you hit Huon Road, pass the famous Cascade Brewery, and across the finish line. You’ve done it! The first kunanyi Mountain Run ultra, and you’ll have some stories to tell about this epic day out.

Entries open 24th November @7pm! (AEDT)
Register your interest now to access pre-sales on the 22nd November:

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Mountain Run 27km

1,620m±   9th April 2022 @ 10am

The legendary loop

So, you’ve got some races under your belt. Maybe you’ve got a finishers’ medal from something they call the “world’s toughest half marathon” for running up a road... Time to take this to the next level. Get off the pavement and experiencing the best part of the mountain – the challenging and breathtaking trails of kunanyi.

This classic summit-return mountain run takes you through colonial history, captivating and diverse landscapes, and along one of the most challenging and rewarding race courses you’ll ever do. Head out on Old Farm Road and Main Fire Trail before the field stretches out and you hit the single trail of the amazing Myrtle Gully Track. Skip across to Junction Cabin then up rocky Hunters Track to the Chalet. Breathtaking Organ Pipes track is the closest you’ll get to flat on this run, but then it’s hands on knees to grind out the final ascent to the summit via the epic Zig Zag.

To return, you’ll tackle Zig Zag in the opposite direction, fly down Pinnacle to The Springs, keeping the momentum going as you get into the thick forest of Radfords and Fern Glade, which spits you out at Fern Tree. Chimney Pot Hill and Ridgeway trails take you towards Tolmans Hill and around the Waterworks. Time to give it all you’ve got left as you hit Huon Road, pass the famous Cascade Brewery, and hit the finish line. This is a race that’ll you’ll remember – and will be telling tales of – for the rest of your life.

Entries open 24th November @7pm! (AEDT)
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Vertical Kilometre 5km

1,000m+   10th April 2022 @ 10am

One tall tale

If you’re going to feel the burn for a full 1,000m of climbing, you should do it on a course as stunning as it is brutal. Presented by La Sportiva, the Vertical Kilometre is the Skyrunning ANZ national team selection race for the 2022 Skyrunning World Championships!

Want to test your fitness? This is the steepest and shortest route up the mountain, run via some famous (and one secret) kunanyi tracks. The Vertical Kilometre course embraces the steepness of kunanyi’s eastern face, taking in the scrambling Breakneck Track, rocky Hunters Track, Organ Pipes and then up straight up to Pinnacle Road to finish. Don’t feel bad if you can’t run this the whole way. Nobody – not even the top elites – will actually run all the way up this one.

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The Vertical Kilometre course map is a secret.

runHub & other events

All runs (except the VK) will start and finish at the runHub in Wellesley Park, South Hobart. This is more than just a start-finish line and some tents – the runHub will be a place for participants, supporters and volunteers to connect, and hear and share stories about kunanyi and the people who have lived around it.

The runHub enjoys an excellent view of kunanyi, and will also have hearty food and drink available for purchase from local food and can vans, as well as a cool hangout and recovery area, complete with fire pits.

The runHub will open on the afternoon of Friday 8 April with a Welcome to Country. Ultra marathon registrations, briefings, food and beverages (and good times), will be there all day Saturday and Sunday, too.

We have some other activities brewing for family and spectators which we’re looking forward to announcing soon – stay tuned!

volunteer

Want to participate in the kunanyi Mountain Run without having to run? You’re in luck! We are looking for enthusiastic people who would like to be part of the volunteer team bringing this run to life for the first time.

We have a range of roles including runHub staff to check participants in, and to support the runners, spectators and media around the start/finish area, as well as bib collection and more! On the course, we are keen for people to man the aid stations, course marshals and sweepers!

There will be some one-off merchandise just for you. And importantly, you will be part the team that brings this world-class event to life, learning valuable skills on the way. You can choose the roles you are interested in!

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we give back

Trail Ventures track maintenance fund

2% of run registration fees will go directly to the Trail Ventures Track Maintenance Fund. The fund supports volunteer track maintenance activities and connects the trail running community to track maintenance opportunities on kunanyi.

Inclusivity scholarships

Everyone deserves the opportunity to participate in trail running. In our first year, we will be supporting a select number of Tasmanian Aboriginal runners, and runners who otherwise could not afford to enter. The support will be in the form of a scholarship comprising of a fully paid kMR run entry fee, and assistance with sourcing mandatory gear if required. Applications for scholarships will open at the same time as registrations for the runs.

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travel, stay, and other adventures

There's more to do in Southern Tasmania...

In Southern Tasmania it doesn't matter whether you love trail running on the mountain, sipping on award-winning whisky, or venturing deep into an underground museum.

We have a little something for everyone in a place so diverse that you can be atop kunanyi/Mount Wellington and surfing at the beach on the same day.

To get a taste of everything else you can see/do/eat and where to stay, visit Hobart & Beyond and discovertasmania.com.au

Find some more inspiration here:

What's New(ish) in Hobart
No Car Required: Tips for Exploring Hobart on Foot

Venture further afield:

Tours & Day Trips from Hobart
9 Things To Do In The Coal River Valley
Best Walks in The Huon Valley and Far South Tasmania
Weekend Adventure: 7 Things to do on Bruny Island

Or try something different:

Astrophotography in Southern Tasmania: Auroras, Milky Way & Bioluminescence
Bucket List Adventure: Tasmania's Southwest National Park

partners

We acknowledge the palawa people of lutruwita as the traditional owners of the land on which we live, work and run. We respect their culture and ongoing custodianship of the land. We pay our respect to all Tasmanian Aboriginal people, and Elders past, present, and emerging.