kunanyi Sunrise (Springs edition)

Sunday February 20, 2022

Event Hub: The Springs

Male going up Pinnacle track

The 2022 series begins in the most magical way: with sunrise on top of kunanyi where you can look out all the way to Freycinet to the east and past Bruny Island in the south. 

The first rays of the sun are just cresting the horizon and you can feel its warmth on your skin. While you never quite know what conditions you’re going to get up the top of the mountain, there is a good chance it will be clear and still.

These runs might be the shortest in the series but the Enduro is the most technical – for those who like rockhopping! The Sport route is a great introduction to trail running on some of kunanyi’s relatively smooth and flowing single tracks.

Please note: To accommodate COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event will start and finish at The Springs. This will allow more space, and shelter in the event of adverse weather. 

Those doing the Enduro (7.7km) will head straight up the solid climbs of Pinnacle and Zig Zag tracks – up to the Pinnacle precinct. The body will most certainly be burning but check out the sweeping views over Hobart for a ‘break’.  You’ll then hop and skip across the top of the mountain, looking out over the Channel towards South Wellington before dipping onto the Icehouse track. This is steep and technical with lots of rockhopping but it’s worth taking note of the historic ruins of ice houses, which supplied fresh ice to the town of Hobart. There are a final couple hundred metres’ of flat track, then it’s back down to the finish line and Event Hub at The Springs, where we’ll give out spot prizes and a whole lot more!

The kunanyi Sunrise Sport (Springs Edition) is 3.4km and a great introduction to trail running on some of kunanyi’s relatively smooth and flowing single tracks. It can be run as fast as you want or just take a gentle jog. The course begins at the Springs, heading down the North South Track in the foothills of kunanyi. One minute you are looking down at Hobart and then the next, you are hidden in the bush, flowing through wet eucalypt forest and ferns. You’ll cross boulder fields – but these are well-groomed mountain bike tracks – making it a smooth run. There is a short steep section up the Sawmill Track which is an historic logging track, used to drag logs down the mountain. At the top of the climb, you pass overhanging sandstone Sphinx Rock and then connect with the Lenah Valley track, for a fast (if you want), smooth run down to the finish at The Springs.  

Please note: the current track works occurring on the Zig Zag Track will not interfere with the scheduled event. The Council have committed to having the track open, with no impact, for the run. 

 

kunanyi Sunrise (Springs edition)

Distance – 7.7km (Enduro)
Elevation gain – 503m

Details

Registration opens at Event Hub – 5:45am
Run Briefing – 6:30am
Run Start – 6:37am

Base data from theLIST (www.thelist.tas.gov.au), © State of Tasmania

Image courtesy of STRAVA

kunanyi Sunrise 3.4 (Springs edition)

Distance – 3.4km (Sport)
Elevation gain – 120m

Details

Registration opens at Event Hub – 5:45am
Run Briefing – 6:40am
Run Start – 6:45am

Base data from theLIST (www.thelist.tas.gov.au), © State of Tasmania

Image courtesy of STRAVA