Connemara Rough Diamond
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The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure Race is a mix of biking, hiking and running, and takes place on the Saturday September 28th, 2013 in Connemara National Park, Lettergesh and Kylemore, County Galway.
The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure Race on September 28th, 2013 in Connemara National Park, County Galway, is a mix of biking, hiking and running with quirky obstacles thrown in for good measure.
Each race takes the competitor through the Connemara National Park, to the summit of Diamond Mountain (Elite and Sport courses only ascend the Diamond Mountain) and on through Ellis Woods Nature Trail. There are stunning views out to the Atlantic as you ascend the Diamond Mountain with views to the Islands and Mayo. From the top of the Diamond there are lovely views of Kylemore Abbey and as you descent the far side of the Diamond you have uninterrupted views to Benbaum and the Twelve Bens.
There are three routes to choice from that are both challenging and inspiring with rugged landscape and breath taking scenery. The Intro is 21km, the Sport is 42km and the Elite is 72km. It is up to you to decide the challenge based on your level of fitness.
The Intro Category is perfect for those who are new to adventure racing. The race time will be under two hours for the fastest competitors. It is a mild challenge which is lots of fun.
The Sports Category is for the participant who is looking for a challenge including those who are new to adventure racing. Again the race time will be under two hours for the fastest competitors.
The Expert Category is the ultimate challenge which involves hiking up and down two mountains and cycling tough hilly roads. Duration is around three and a half hours.
Sign up for the race will be in Letterfrack on the evening before and morning of the race. There is lots of parking available. Prize giving will be held immediately after the race in the Ellis Hall which is right beside the finish line on the Green in Letterfrack. Drinks, fruit and refreshments will be available at the finish.
The Clifden Arts Festival runs from the 19th to the 26th of September and will be celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2013. It will include poetry readings, lectures, recitals, traditional music, concerts, comedy and more, all enjoyed in one of the most beautiful places on the West Coast. Please see website for the complete programme of event for times and venues.