The Race 2020

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  • 21-22 March 2020

    The Race will run for 24 hours, beginning at 5am on Saturday 21st March and ending at 5am on Sunday 22nd March.

  • Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre, Donegal

    Set on its own rambling 87-acre woodland estate, Gartan OETC makes a superb base for The Race

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The Race 2020

The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal.

To finish, competitors must complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. It is the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance. The Race 2020 takes place on the weekend of the 21st of March.

Visit The Race website to learn more.

 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 150 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.

The Race is a not for profit event with the proceeds going towards the work of Self Help Africa. It is organised by Sand2Snow Adventures and Gartan Outdoor Education Center.

“The Race is more than just an endurance event. It get’s inside your skin and becomes a part of who you are. It forces you to apply yourself in preparation for the race in ways that you never thought possible. And during the race you overcome obstacles that would have you turning for home on any other day. You come out of it a more confident and resilient person to whom anything is possible. And of course you become part of a community of fellow competitors. People who are always happy to hear from you if you have any crazy ideas!!” – Paul Tierney, Competitor 2016


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