Adventure racing taking off

Killarney Adventure Race14Adventure racing is an activity to which Ireland is well suited with rugged terrain, diverse ‘mountains to sea’ locations and a growing reputation as a capable host of major events.

At the European Sports Tourism Summit in Limerick tomorrow it is expected to be announced that Ireland will this year host its first ‘Tough Mudder’ race, a franchise that has now grown to include 60 locations around the world.

Local event Hell and Back has shown massive growth in popularity in the past two years with next month’s event at Kilruddery Estate in Wicklow already closing the doors on a capacity competitor list of 8,000.

They have numbered Sports Minister Leo Varadkar among their participants, and are expanding in 2014 with a new event taking place in Sligo later this year, and Antrim and Cork potential additions for 2015.

The Helly Hansen sponsored Killarney Adventure Race is another which has now announced Irish retailer the Great Outdoors as coming on board as a sponsor.

The race takes place on Saturday 4th October and is a multi-adventure sport event, comprising running, hiking, cycling and kayaking. There are three different route options, 70km, 60km, or 27km, to suit all levels.

Adventure racing is an increasingly popular sport worldwide and Killarney encompasses some of the most dramatic, breathtaking and remote scenery in the world.

A Channel 4 documentary team undertook the race last year, and the show was featured on Channel 4 and Sky Sports in the UK, and later broadcast all over the world.

This event is organized by Killarney based Elite Event Management and is supported by Fáilte Ireland and The Gleneagle Hotel.

For a participant’s view of what it is like to compete, this video is worth a look when you have a moment…

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