June saw the sixth running of the Tower Trail Run, in Mt Gambier on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Once again we were proud to sponsor this event and it was a great field of runners out on what was a revised course due to a bushfire that ripped through 50 hectares of land in the Crater Lakes district back in January.
|A very chilly start line for the 21km runners||Sputnik in his Ultra Zip and Altitude Neck Warmer.|
After being in cancelled in 2021 due to Covid, the event almost didn’t happen again this year due to the bushfire damage, but thanks to some last minute course change approvals, it was all systems go with ioMerino back on board as a sponsor, David Michell our founder in attendance manning our pop up shop (that almost got blown away when the wind picked up!), and official Outsiders Tracy (56kms), Sputnik (21kms) and Minnie (10.5kms) all tackling different distances on the day.
|Runners (in Altitude Crew) entering the conservation zone.||Minnie in her Pace Leggings & Freedom Sweatshirt.|
While the course was unable to go all the way to the tower the event is named after, most runners agreed the course was still epic, running into, around and through the volcanic craters! (Although a new section up a steep, technical, mountain bike track may not have been the most loved part of the course! In fact, “It was sh*t” according to Minnie who was grateful to only run that part of the course once as part of the 10.5km race. We still have no idea how Tracy managed to get up there four times during her ultra!)
It was a bitterly cold morning, with the temperature not even reaching double figures by lunch time - perfect weather to go with io! And it was great to see so much io out on course.
|'Tough as Nails' Tracy in her Run All The Trails Tank||Katie in her Altitude Zip was a very happy prize winner!|
Tracy, who is tough as nails, wore her Altitude Tank, while Sputnik who is a bit soft, wore a Universal T, Ultra Zip and Minnie wore her Pace Compression Leggings and Freedom Sweatshirt. Sputnik and Minnie also wore matching pink Altitude Neck Warmer and their Mullet Trail Socks.
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