This weekend, the well established annual event, The Race, organised in support of Self Help Africa, takes place at Gartan. This unsupported endurance event crosses the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. Competitors travel the route on foot, bike and sea kayak, covering the gruelling 250 kilometres in 24 hours, taking on all the challenges that March weather in Donegal can provide. The route visits many of Donegal’s wildest and most scenic places, from Gartan to Ramelton, the tides of Lough Swilly to Rathmullan, and northwards to Fanad Head. The route then crosses north Donegal, via Muckish, and turns south at Bloody Foreland to Doochary. Competitors don their running gear at the transition point here for the last time, to run a marathon via Glenveagh National Park, and so return to Gartan Lough and the welcome warmth, comfort, hot food, and massage for weary limbs at Gartan OETC, and the cheers of family and supporters. Early finishers will manage much of the route in daylight, but for many of the 100 or so starters much of the route will be completed in darkness. Over the years of the event, support from Donegal people along the route has been superb, and very heartening to participants. We wish all competitors, already successful by making the starting line, the very best of luck and safe journey on Saturday. See also http://www.therace.ie
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