To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. Crucially, they must complete all this in under 24 hours. It is aimed at providing the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance.
North West Donegal has been chosen for The Race 2015 as it provides the perfect blend of beauty and more importantly, difficulty. The Race is held in early March to increase the chances of challenging weather conditions during the event. It is the toughest of courses at the toughest of times. In many cases it is how an athlete deals with the wind, rain or snow that will determine if they have what it takes to finish.
There is no typical competitor. Competitors come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. You do not need to be an elite runner, cyclist or kayaker. Those who compete in and complete The Race will be those who refuse to give up.
The focus of the The Race will be on the quality of experience rather than quantity of participants. The field will be limited to 100 participants to protect the local environment which includes Glenveagh National Park. The intention is not to exclude but rather to create an experience that will be one of the toughest but also most memorable of a competitor’s life.
I’m a changed man. Few really believed this could be done. Maybe I didn’t really believe either. Getting to the finish line took my whole family. Now nothing is impossible! Thanks. – Arthur McMahon, Competitor 2014
Incredible!! The only word I can think of to describe the Race route. It was perfect!Challenging, breath-taking, beautiful. The volunteers were fantastic. The venue was great. Definitely the best race I’ve participated in. – Una Hall, Competitor 2014