Mark Touhy, Ray Nash, Gill Cleary, Aoife Lenihan and Lizzie Buggy were pictured at the launch
Water, ice, electric shocks barbed wire and mud...lots and lots of mud. That’s what the participants in Adare To Survive can expect when the event returns to Clonshire for the fourth consecutive year next month.
With over 2,000 people expected to take part, this year’s event will feature a number of new obstacles, alongside those that regular participants have come to know – and fear – from previous years.
And, for those who really want to push themselves, in addition to the standard 7.5km route, there will be an option for elite athletes to undertake the course twice – covering 15km.
The official launch of the event – which takes place on September 25 – was held in the Woodland House Hotel in Adare this Tuesday.
“The numbers are continuing to grow year on year,” said organiser Ray Nash.
“We had about 1,650 competing last year, and hope the numbers will be up to around 2,000 this year. Many of the entrants are from Limerick and Munster generally, but we have people travelling from across the country, particularly along the west coast, down to Adare for this event,” he told the Limerick Leader.
In line with their tagline – Endeavour, Endure & Enjoy, the race is not timed, and there is no prize for the fastest athlete, as the spirit of the event is about “camaraderie” and helping others through obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty.
As well as facing obstacles involving water, ice, lots of mud, electric shocks, barbed wire, competitors will have to climb over and crawl under various challenges along the route.
“The course is tough! There is no point in lying about it - you will get wet, cold, tired, mucky and sore but you won’t be sorry. Many people who have finished the race have said ‘Wow, I can’t believe I just did that’,” he said.
The website, www.adaretosurvive.com contains details of what participants can expect as well as advice on training and preparation for the day.
Entry costs €50 per person for the 7.5k event and €65 for the €15k, and a booking fee also applies. There are concessions for groups of 20 or more. There will also be a smaller route for kids to take part in on the day. Entrants are also welcome to take part in fancy dress.
Clonshire is located just off the N21 to the south of Adare. To register see www.adaretosurvive.com.