Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Romano Bernhard

    Date :

    26th January, 2017

    Published By :

    Paul Charteris
    • 20 Ironman finishes, including five in Hawaii.
    • Completing the 102km alongside his wife on their 20th wedding anniversary.

    Romano says he and his wife usually choose events on the basis of how big the challenge is, how scenic the destination is and whether they can combine it with a bit of R&R afterwards.

    “The Tarawera Ultra ticked all the boxes for us, and we thought, what better way to celebrate this 20-year milestone than with an ultra in one of the most scenic places on Earth.

    “I like to commit to a challenge and enjoy the training to get 100% race fit. And with ultras, you never know what the day has got in store for you, so you need to prepared for everything!

    “It means a lot to me knowing that my wife is doing the 102km as well.”

    Romano and his wife Yvonne grew up in Switzerland before moving to Perth in 1999. They have been completing events across the globe together since they met, including the Swiss Alpine Marathon.

    “We’re excited that the Tarawera Ultra is almost 100% off road on single trail and forestry roads. And because the elevation is not as extreme as the Swiss Alpine Marathon, it makes it easier to train for the race in Perth.”


  • Istvan Kovacs

    Date :

    13th January, 2017

    Published By :

    Paul Charteris
    • Hungarian born and bred.
    • Was living a typical student lifestyle – partying, drinking and smoking.
    • In November 2009 at 2.23pm, he smoked his last cigarette and hasn’t looked back since.

    His running journey started the week he quit smoking with a few laps around the block, and his “addictive personality” meant running became a habit and he was soon completing half marathons and hitting the trails.

    For Istvan, it’s the memories that he collects while running that keeps him hooked on the sport.

    “I’m both result and experience oriented. I love to see my stats improve and increase my mileage, but at the same time, the further I push myself, the more permanent memories I collect. I love remembering situations like when I was so tired that I could barely move, when I got lost in the woods at night, when I was stuck on a summit in the Dolomites – I’ve learnt a lot and will never forget these moments.”

    The Tarawera Ultra 87km will be his longest distance yet as he completes all the events in the @Ultra-Trail World Tour. He’s also excited to run alongside some of the world’s best ultra-runners, “even if it’s just for the first few hundred meters”.

    “Tarawera is the perfect choice for someone who doesn’t have a lot experience with distances beyond 80km, but has years of running behind them and is ready to take it to the next level.

    “I’m excited to see how my body and mind will react to breaking previous limits. Every achievement is a spiritual journey to me, not only a physical one. I love to experience the extremities of my emotions during long distance adventures.

    “In ultra-running, it’s your strength of will and persistence that is primarily put to the test – no amount of money, talent or connections can buy you results. It is exclusively the hard work that you put into it.

    “I don’t express emotions that easily, but I still expect to shed a tear or two as I cross the finish line in Kawerau.”

  • Marseilles Driver

    Marseilles Driver

    Date :

    12th January, 2017

    Published By :

    Rudi Weber

    Marseilles Driver

    First up, meet Marseilles Drivers. She’s a solo mother of five who only began her running journey in April 2015 and will be smashing the 102km in February.

    “I’m determined, excited and slightly terrified about the 100km, but for my kids to see me do something spectacular and take away the message that anything is possible if they just believe in themselves, is what it’s all about.”

    After her youngest daughter was born in 2014, Marseilles was struggling with her weight at 106kgs, and decided to join the @Rotorua Group Challenge bootcamp, where she became hooked on her new passion of running.

    “I’d never run before, simply because I never enjoyed it. In fact, I despised it! But now I love the feeling after a hard run. It’s funny how things change.”

    She’s been a complete event junkie since and has lost an incredible 35.2kgs since 2014.

    Marsellies says that after finishing the @Tarawera 50k in November, she knew she made the right choice to enter the ultra.

    “In October, it dawned on me that I would not feel like I was complete unless I had totally pushed the barriers – so I entered the Ultra.”

    “Running has made me a better mother and a better person, and if the 100km is anything like the 50km, I know I’m in for an unforgettable day!”