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Australian Three Peaks Race

The Australian Three Peaks Race was a non-stop offshore sailing and endurance mountain running event, commencing at Beauty Point just north of Launceston on the Tamar River and finishing in Hobart on the Derwent River. En route, the running members of each team had to scale Mt Strzelecki, Mt Freycinet and Mt Wellington.

The east-coast course around Tasmania afforded the best combinations of suitable mountains, coastal centres, accessibility for followers, press crews and the public. It brought significant publicity and exposure to two of the more beautiful but remote areas of the State, Flinders Island and the Freycinet Peninsula, and took competitors, supporting groups and the media the length of the beautiful east coast.

For competitors it offered an interesting alternative for the yachting fraternity and a challenging new activity for runners, climbers and bushwalkers. It was this unique combination of the two disparate disciplines which provided for such a challenging event. The course covered 334 nautical miles of short-handed sailing and 133 kilometres of endurance running over three mountains.

The race was conducted for 25 years starting on Good Friday each Easter from 1989 until 2014. It attracted competitors from many countries, particularly Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. There was also a core of dedicated local competitors who turned out each year, often just to "have a go" knowing that they possibly had little chance to win. Likewise there was a dedicated group of volunteers who each year manned various race controls for long hours maintaining a safety net over the competitors for the three to four day event.

Organising authority for the race is Australian Three Peaks Race Inc.