Who Are We?

The kunanyi trail series is the brain child of local Hobart runners Russell and Michaela Venn. Inspiration filtered from Michaela’s folks, who were consistently smashing marathons and ultras in the seriously hilly Swiss Alps. We started running ourselves, covering many thousands of kilometres over the years, including a marathon in every Australian state.

Relocating to Tasmania in 2012 from the pancake state of WA, we naturally gravitated to trail running. Who could blame us, Tassie is blessed with natural beauty, and the trails were perfect hill training for the marathons. The trails magically emphasised the satisfaction factor. The competitive instinct didn’t disappear totally, but something must be said for the simplicity of pounding dirt rather than bitumen. With quality trails regularly tempting our itchy and blistered feet, the kunanyi trail series was born.

Russell

Motto: Never be afraid to seek radical change in the pursuit of happiness. And I’m a farmer of Karma.
Destination: Face-to-face with the wild megafauna of Africa on foot
Run: Arosa Snow Run, Switzerland – half marathon entirely on snow trails
Wins: My own Bradbury moment at the Russell Falls trail run; also $13k in lotto once
Movie: Apocalypto or Stand By Me
Gig: John Butler, Fremantle, 2001

Michaela

Motto: If you never try, you’ll never know. And Hakuna Matata.
Destination: Camping besides the glacier lakes in the Rocky Mountains, Canada
Run: Glacier 3000 – Swiss mountains with my Swiss family
Wins: Plenty of podium finishes scattered throughout my junior figure skating career
Movie: Into the Wild
Gig: Jon Bon Jovi, Zurich, 2003

Environmentally Friendly

We are committed to operate our events under the principle of environmental sustainability. We have introduced several green initiatives, including replacing plastic race bibs with reusable silicone wristbands and utilising reusable cups at the finish line. Perhaps our favourite initiative is the donation of $2 from every registration to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. We are proud to assist them with the important task of rescuing injured Tasmanian wildlife.