Partners of Awesomeness

TRAIL EVENTS DON'T HAPPEN WITHOUT PARTNERS. YOU MAY KNOW THEM AS 'SPONSORS'. BUT WE PREFER PARTNERS - THEY'RE NOT JUST FLIPPING A FEW PRIZES OUR WAY AND CROSSING THEIR FINGERS. NOPE, THEY GET THEIR FEET DIRTY WITH US, BECAUSE THEY LOVE THE SINGLE TRACK LIFE AS MUCH AS WE DO. 

THEY ARE DUE OUR THANKS AND WE RECKON, IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN THE MARKET FOR WHAT THEY OFFER, SHOW SOME ROUNDABOUTS AND CHECK THEM OUT. AFTER ALL, WE ONLY PARTNER UP WITH THE BEST...

 
 
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SALOMON

They may have started with ski bindings and snow slashing kit back in 1947, but in Australia, Salomon is most strongly associated with trail running. Indeed, it was Salomon who instigated Australia's first trail running series in partnership with event company Rapid Ascent, way back in 2011. Go to any trail running gathering these days and you'll see mostly the Big S on feet (shoes), on backs (hydro packs), on legs and arms (shorts and tees and tops and wet weather jackets), such is the trail tribe's loyalty to quality kit.  With their main man Kilian leading from up high, and a bunch of local top enders including the Fest's own  pointy-end player Majell Backhausen leading the way, we're stoked to have Salomon and their crew on board to help grow the Fest. www.salomon.com/au/


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SUUNTO

A sister-brand to Salomon, being curated in Australia by the Amer Sports Group, Suunto has quickly become the go-to for trailites thanks to its market-leading GPS-watch technology. From the Ambit range, through the pared-down Trainer through to the top-end Spartan Ultra - and more innovations to come - Suunto has long been the choice for wild runners and trail adventures at the front middle and back of pack - anyone who wants to record their running adventures with accuracy. Okay, and maybe upload to Movescount so they can boast. www.suunto.com/en-AU/

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WARBURTON VALLEY CEDA

Warburton Valley CEDA (Community Economic Development Association) Inc, formerly Warburton & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the economic interests of the communities in the Warburton Valley. The region represents a 60-kilometre journey from Lilydale to the Upper Yarra Dam and includes towns such as Wandin, Seville, Woori Yallock, Launching Place, Yarra Junction, Warburton and surrounds. Warburton Valley CEDA and its members passion and energy have been instrumental in bringing the Warburton Trail Fest to life. www.visitwarburton.com.au


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WARBURTON & YARRA JUNCTION COMMUNITY BANK

Upper Yarra Community Enterprise operates two Community Bendigo Bank® branches with the mission of resourcing, encouraging and promoting a vibrant community. Since 2000, it has provided funding of more than $3.6 million to community-based projects and organisations through its sponsorship program. TUp to 80% of profit goes back to the community, helping it thrive. The bank provides a full range of banking services and its service is second to none! The more the community bank with them, the more there is to share! For more details call into one of the branches and say hi (1/2452 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction 03 5967 1919 or 3399 Warburton Hwy, Warburton 03 5966 2122) or: upperyarra.net.au/                          


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YARRA RANGES TOURISM

Yarra Ranges Tourism is the Regional Tourism Board responsible for the promotion of Victoria’s Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges tourism region.  Established in 2006 with the support of Yarra Ranges Council and Tourism Victoria, its is a not for profit company governed by a skills based board supported by industry representatives and leaders. And of course it has the best job going - to promote the best of what is an awesome collection of villages, ranges, parks and places, including Warburton Valley!  visityarravalley.com.au


TAILWIND NUTRITION AUSTRALIA

We're super excited to have Tailwind Nutrition Australia on board as our hydration sponsor. A force in the endurance scene, Tailwind’s potent energy and electrolytes are all you need to go all day on trail. No juggling gels, pills, or chews—just pour, shake, and go. Most drinks require you to supplement calories and don’t contain anywhere near the electrolytes needed to replace what you sweat out. Tailwind’s fuel can meet your complete calorie needs, and sipping it regularly gives you steady energy all day. Tailwind also has a full complement of electrolytes that mimic the composition and proportions of sweat, so you don't have to take separate electrolyte pills to make up for what's not in your drink. Check in to any of the event's hydration stations and you'll get a taste of what Tailwind is all about. www.tailwindnutrition.com.au


PREY DEFIANT

Prey Defiant represents the world’s best endurance-focused nutrition products and accessories in one place, with the knowledge and experience to help you make an informed decision. No more searching through the protein and weight loss aisles or filtering out the pedals and backpacks to find endurance nutrition products.  No more trying to sort the quality products from the shit ones. No more multiplying shipping costs. No more fuelling your Ultra or Ironman based on advice from someone who’s never stepped outside the gym. No more hi-res photos of sweaty people in lycra. You want to endure in your ultra pursuit. You want Prey Defiant. www.preydefiant.com


SHARPY'S BEER RUN

Beer. And running. Yes, we know. It's a perfect match. So kudos to Deb 'Sharpy' Sharp for creating this gem of a run, which is actually the weekend after Warby Trail Fest - so we're just the last taper run in preparation for the Beer Run! We wholeheartedly support this event, not just because we love running and beer and think the combo is primo, but because its a cracker event, and we also MC it :). Choose from 21km or 10km. Mornington Pale or maybe an Amber? Whatever - just get to the Mornington Peninsula for this one. If you enter Sharpy's Beer Run first and THEN enter Warby Trail Fest you will receive a code and get 20% off Warby fees! Boo-Yah!. www.trailology.com.au


TRAIL RUN MAG

Welcome to Trail Run Mag, a quarterly print magazine entirely devoted to the dirty art of trail running. Through forests, up mountains, across deserts, off road, on trail, off piste, on earth…as long as it’s wild and dirty and there’s scant hint of boring bitumen, this mag will cover it. So if you want to know who’s running up what mountain, who’s winning which extreme event, what’s the best short trail run just outside your town, what supplement will see you through that 100-kay killer, how to set up a training plan for the multiday madness you reckon you’ll conquer next year, and what’s the best pair of runners to tackle the UTA100, you’ll want to subscribe to Trail Run Mag, the heart and sole of trail running lifestyle in Australia and New Zealand. www.trailrunmag.com/subs/

 


COG CAFE

Found at the end of the Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail, nestled just above the Warburton Main Street, COG Cafe has long been a hub for thirsty and hungry cyclists at the Warburton terminus of the trail. Now it's also a runner's hub, thanks to the night run held as part of Warburton Trail Fest: the Little Joe's Terror Night Run! The 9km Sunday night run starts and finishes here, with live music entertaining supporters (and drinks on the flow!). Great coffee, great food, great hosts. www.cogbikecafe.com.au


SILVA COFFEE

Silva Coffee is an award winning family owned coffee roastery located in Warburton in the Yarra Valley. It offers a delicious range of freshly roasted specialty and organic coffee. Now boasting a 40-strong commercial client base of cafes and restaurants in the outer east, including the Yarra Valley, Ringwood, Croydon, Warrandyte South and Mitcham, owners Cleo and Wayne Silva are doing what they love. The couple started roasting coffee as Silva Yarra Valley Coffee Roasters on their 2.02ha property in Warburton about six years ago. In 2015 they expanded to a Wesburn factory where they’re now part of the tourist trail. And this year they will be supporters of the Warburton Trail Fest, serving up the best caffeine fix at our start/finish line!  www.silvacoffee.com.au