East to West Foot Race on King Island.
Every year in the second week of March, King Island hosts a 32km (20 mile) footrace starting from the pleasant little hamlet of Naracoopa on the East Coast of the island to the town of Currie on the West Coast. If you’ve booked your stay at the King Island Accommodation Cottages the start line is about 200 meters away. This is the only coast to coast race in Australia, competitors come from all over the country to compete in this picturesque event but most come just for the enjoyment of the run and the thrill of just knowing they’ve done it.
This year, in the middle of Bass Strait between Tasmania and the mainland, the ‘Imperial 20 as the race is widely known, will be hosted on the island of King on March 8, it will be its 22nd and will commence at 8.15am
The feature race is 32km handicapped, with starters’ times staggered.
There are different age categories: 18 to 29 years. 30 to 39 years. 40 to 49 years. 50 to 59 years. 60 to 69 years. 70 + years.
Support events include a leisurely?? 32km walking race, with team relays also joining in for the day.
Those that manage to finish get a reward for their effort, a massage and a hamper of King Island Cheese.
The road will be closed to all but support traffic and drink stations will be manned along the way.
A special support vehicle is on hand to ferry participants who may have injured themselves or those just not quite up to it to the finish line.
This is a fantastic few days for those visiting King Island and for the friendly locals as well, why not join us and enjoy the festivities. The weather in March is usually very nice.