The marathon was dedicated to the memory of US born athlete Dean Thackwray who competed in the marathon at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and later settled in Tasmania. Thackwray died of cancer in 2003.
Today the event attracts many participants from Tasmania, mainland Australia and Overseas. It is gaining a reputation as a must do event for many marathon runners and is renowned for the picturesque countryside in which it is run and the challenge it presents.
Events include: full and half marathons, 10km, and kids 1-2km. There is also a marathon team event (each runner does just over 10km).