WE want people to say ‘Wow, I can’t believe I just did that,” says Ray Nash, organiser of Adare to Survive, which takes place this weekend.
The Kilcornan man, who is at the helm of the event staged in Clonshire’s equestrian grounds, saw the sudden boom in running and adventure sports and wanted to replicate a piece of the action for Limerick – only better.
Up to 2,000 competitors are set to descend on Adare again this year for a challenge few will ever forget on Sunday, September 27. This year’s 7.5km obstacle course challenge consists of 42 naturally occurring and man-made obstacles including climbing, crawling, water and mud features.
“We take great pride in providing an experience that participants remember forever. Each and everyone who takes part in this adventure involve themselves in a festival atmosphere of fun. Adare to Survive can be used as a vehicle to generate much needed funds for various charities,” says Ray.
“The course is tough! There is no point in lying about it – you will get wet, cold, tired, mucky and a bit sore but you won’t be sorry,” he advised.
“Not only will you have a blast on the day but you will walk away with a great sense of achievement from surviving whatever we throw at you.”
With its credibility and success now established, Ray wants the event to grow and grow, and entrants are now coming from other counties beyond Munster, which should provide an economic boost to the picturesque village.
The course is modified each year, and four new challenges have been added this year, though he Ray reluctant to reveal their nature.
“We like to keep people in suspense. The race is much a mental challenge as it is a physical one, and it’s about continually pushing people outside of their comfort zones. It’s not strictly for athletes,” he said.
This year’s charity partner is again Cliona’s Foundation, which provides assistance to families with critically ill children.Brendan Ring, a past competitor, and father of the late Cliona, will again be competing this year, alongside his wife Terry.
“We are looking forward to taking part in what is a very challenging and exhilarating experience. The event is growing from strength to strength and Cliona’s Foundation are delighted to be part of this challenge,” he says.
Other well known personalities who have taken part in the past include singer Leanne Moore, TJ Ryan of the Limerick hurling team, the south Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae, and barrister and local councillor Emmett O’Brien has also signed up this year, along with rugby star Joy Neville.
Entry costs €55 per person, plus a booking fee. Of that sum, €5 will directly go to Cliona’s Foundation if you sign up under their Purple Platoon Team. Discounts are available for a group booking of 20 people.
To enter see www.adaretosurvive.com.