A new naming rights partner and the announcement of event ambassadors headlined the official launch of the 2018 Tasmanian Running Festival in Launceston’s City Park.
The Spirit of Tasmania Running Festival, which incorporates one of Australia’s most renowned and fastest 10km road running races, the Launceston Ten, will this year be held on Sunday, June 3rd.
Once again, Launceston’s iconic landmark will play host to a weekend festival, featuring local food and beverages from producers such as Little River Brewing, Avafew Crepes and Pancakes and Kreglinger Wine Estates – Ninth Island, along with plenty of entertainment, commencing on Saturday 2nd June.
Race Director Wayne Larden from Pont3 said he was thrilled to have Spirit of Tasmania on board for the 2018 event.
“Pont3 are delighted to welcome Spirit of Tasmania as the new naming rights sponsor of the Spirit of Tasmania Running Festival. This event showcases the beautiful city of Launceston attracting local, intrastate and interstate runners,” Mr Larden said.
“Our new naming rights partnership, combined with the support of the City of Launceston and Events Tasmania will help us to welcome even more runners, particularly from Victoria. We hope all of our runners will use the Spirit of Tasmania Running Festival as a great winter fitness goal, and our travelling runners take the opportunity to explore Launceston and wider Tasmania,” Mr Larden added.
Spirit of Tasmania CEO, Bernard Dwyer said he is thrilled to join forces with such a nationally acclaimed event held in Tasmania.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with the Spirit of Tasmania Running Festival as naming rights sponsors.”
“Tasmania is the perfect destination for an event like this, and we look forward to bringing travelers to Tasmania to experience it for themselves,” Mr Dwyer said.
This year’s event will feature three races, the Launceston 10K, as well as The Running Edge 5K and the Camp Quality Kids 2K.
Two of Tasmania’s most talented young athletes, Dylan Evans and 19-year-old Hobart runner Meriem Daoui were also today named as this year’s Event Ambassadors.
For Launceston’s Evans, who has previously represented his country at the World University Games in the half-marathon and is a four-time defending champion of the famous Point-to-Pinnacle, said he was honoured to be invited to be an ambassador.
“It is a great privilege to be an ambassador for the Launceston Ten. Although I have my own personal ambitions as an athlete, I am extremely enthusiastic in promoting a healthy, balanced lifestyle”, he said.
“As a teacher, I believe that events such as the Launceston Ten can bring our community closer together. Running provides a great platform for young people to build new skills that they can use later in life, and the Launceston Ten is the optimal opportunity to engage young people in being physically active”, Evans added.
For young Hobart runner, Meriem Daoui, it has been a remarkable 12 months.
Daoui finished sixth overall in last year’s women’s race in the Launceston Ten, and was also the first Tasmanian across the line, finishing in a time of 34mins 39secs – a new PB over 10kms.
The 19-year-old also took out the Women’s Point-to-Pinnacle event in November, and in the process, remarkably finishing in seventh place overall.
“I really appreciate being recognized and given the opportunity to be an ambassador for this year’s Launceston Ten alongside Dylan Evans, who is a well known local Tasmanian and amazing athlete,” Daoui said.
“The Launceston Ten has always been one of my favourite races. The fast and flat course allows for a great opportunity to achieve a personal best, which I managed to set last year, and hope to beat again in 2018,” Daoui added.
It’s been a tremendous start to 2018 for this year’s event ambassador, having won the Cadbury Half-Marathon, as well as finishing second in the Australian National Mountain Championships.
Entries are now open for the Launceston 10K, The Running Edge 5K and the Camp Quality Kids 2K, with participants able to register online at http://www.tasmanianrunningfestival.com.au