April 18 and 19, 2020

What is the Launceston Walking Festival?

 It’s 7 different events.  7 different distances – all celebrating the healthy outdoors – all for a worthy charity – all in part or whole ‘on the LUFT’.

Forget the ‘Tour du France’. This is a weekend of ‘Tour du Foot’!

Launceston with it 3 rivers, picturesque hills, cityscape and suburbs, is Australia’s ‘most walkable’ city.  

“Walking – the most ancient exercise … and still the best modern exercise”


What is the LUFT?

We are one of the few cities with a proclaimed “Urban Fringe Trail”. We call it the LUFT (Launceston Urban Fringe Trail). It’s 102 km of trail circling greater Launceston, including parts of West Tamar and Meander (but no part of the trail is more than 18 km from the CBD. Each event is on a small, medium or larger part of the trail.

What can you do on the LUFT?

An Urban Fringe Trail is about being outdoors, exercise, fresh air, local discovery, self-discovery, sharing and friendship.

Meet someone in the suburb next door, walk by rivers, stride down gullies, soak in the history. You can walk, jog, push a pram, roll a wheelchair. Do it alone or do it together.

(Sorry, but this Walking Festival does not include bikes, though these can be used on other days of the year).

What worthy charities?

100% of the registration entry fees from 6 events in this Walking Festival will go to the Examiner Winter Relief Appeal.

When is it?

Saturday 18 April – 3 longer events from the UTAS campus at Newnham (gather in car park behind the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre).

Sunday 19 April – 4 walks (from and return to) the Riverbend car park.

Launceston Walking  Festival

Long Distance Courses

(start/finish at University of Tasmania, Newnham)

Event 1: Half Marathon Course – starts 10 am

Commencing from the University of Tasmania (Newnham) car park, the course proceeds to Alanvale Road then through to George Town Road at Rocherlea and along the delightful Rocherlea Old Rail Trail to Dover Reserve and the turnaround point where participants retrace their steps to the start/finish line at the University of Tasmania (Newnham). The course is slightly longer than the 21.2km official half marathon distance.

Sponsored by

TBA

Guide time for completing the Course:

4 hours

Registration:

$30

Event 2: Full Marathon Course

The full marathon follows the same course as the half marathon, then proceeds along the Launceston Urban Fringe Trail to Riverbend Park via the East Tamar Trail. The course then follows the 10km course to Tailrace Park then retraces the route to the start/finish line at the University of Tasmania (Newnham). The course is slightly longer than the 42.4km official half marathon distance.

Sponsored by

TBA

Guide time for completing the Course:

8 hours

Registration:

$52

Event 3: 102km Ascent Fitness Great Lonnie Stomp

For those that want an ultra challenge, go the ultra distance! The complete Launceston Urban Fringe Trail is 102km and takes you around the entire edge of Greater Launceston. From St Leonards in the East, Relbia in the south, Blackstone Heights and Riverside in the west, then returning to Riverbend Park before continuing through Launceston’s Northern Suburbs, you will have seen Launceston from every angle when you’re done!

Although it is a long way to walk, you are never more than 14km in a straight line from the clock at the Launceston Post Office. There is also full coverage with Telstra and much of the LUFT is on or near streets and roads.

We know that completing 102km is a huge challenge, so we help you do as much as you want. Participants in The Great Lonnie Stomp can start at any point of the LUFT, complete only the parts they want to and can start and stop as many times as they like during the 48-hour Launceston Walking Festival. We won’t be putting a guide time on this one but, at present, the record for walking the entire LUFT is 21 hours 32 minutes!

Sponsored by

Ascent Fitness

Registration:

$70

Short Distance Courses

(Start/Finish at Riverbend Park – Sunday 19 April).

Event 4 approx 4km – starts 11.45 am

Whether you are walking or on wheels, this is the perfect section of the LUFT for people of all ages! You will start by walking a loop around Riverbend Park, before walking through Launceston Seaport to Park Street via the Seaport Boardwalk. At the Stillwater Car Park, you will return to Park Street then return to Riverbend Park via Royal Park. It’s a totally flat and fully non-competitive stroll designed entirely to take your time and enjoy. To improve the comfort of all, we’ll stagger the start between our walkers and wheelers.

Sponsored by

TBA

Guide time for completing the Course:

50 minutes.

Registration:

Children $5, Adults $10

Event 5 approx 5km Course – starts 11.30 am

The 5km course is our shortest walking option for the more competitive among us! This flat course starts at Riverbend Park and heads along the Kings Wharf Levee Trail to Murphy Street. Returning to Riverbend Park, the course continues in a similar way to the 4km course before returning to Riverbend Park.

Sponsored by

TBA

Guide time for completing the Course:

1 hour.

Registration:

Children $7, Adults $15

Event 6 approx 10km Course – starts 10.30 am

This 10km course covers one of the longest, continuous flat sections of the Launceston Urban Fringe Trail. The course follows the 5km course to the Stillwater car park, then continues across Kings Bridge to the West Tamar Trail and on to Tailrace Park. The course returns along the unsealed West Tamar Trail before concluding at Riverbend Park via Royal Park. The course is slightly longer than an official 10.0km course.

Sponsored by

TBA

Guide time for completing the Course

2 hours

Registration:

Children $10, Adults $20

Event 7 approx 12km  – Starts 9.30 am

This is a tougher course, not recommended for children under 15. Starting and finishing at Riverbend it goes to Kings Bridge and then up the main gorge track onto the Snake Gully Track onto the LUFT, along the LUFT powerline section to Trevallyn Power Station and returns along the unsealed West Tamar track and back across Kings Bridge and Royal Park.

Sponsored by

TBA

Guide time for completing the Course

3.5-4 hour for groups, faster for individuals

Registration:

$25