One of the new obstacle challenges for this year’s Adare to Survive, as imagined by EML architects
UP to 2,000 people are expected to take part in a gruelling military style assault course in Adare this September.
Adare to Survive returns for a fourth year running on Sunday, September 25, in the grounds of Clonshire equestrian centre, and this year in addition to the standard 7.5km route, there will be an option for elite athletes to undertake the course twice – covering 15km.
“The numbers are continuing to grow year on year,” enthused 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.
Competitors will face obstacles involving water, ice, lots of mud, electric shocks, barbed wire, and 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.
There will also be a smaller route for kids to take part in on the day. Entry costs €45 per person, rising to €55 closer to the time, and a booking fee also applies. There are concessions for groups of 20 or more. Entrants are also welcome to take part in fancy dress.
To register see www.adaretosurvive.com.