IAU Trail World Championships

Picture of Twelve Ben Mountains, Connemara

The IAU Trail World Championships will take place in Connemara, Ireland on 9th July 2011.

Connemara is a spectacularly beautiful area in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The event will be operated in the area of Connemara National Park and its surrounding environs. See www.connemaranationalpark.ie for information about the park.

Starting near the village of Letterfrack, the course will first traverse Diamond Hill, which consists of two circular loop trails conjoined in the middle in a figure eight fashion. There are switchbacks in the steeper sections of the hill and a large section of boardwalks along the lowlands for a cumulative distance of 7km. Diamond Hill reaches a height of 442 metres and rewards athletes with expansive panoramic views of all of the Connemara area, including the Twelve Ben Mountains, Kylemore Abbey and Kylemore Lough, which the runners will encounter later in the course.

Following their return from the Diamond Hill summit, athletes will run a loop of approximately 32km twice and encounter asphalt road, bog, conventional trail paths, streams, forest and mountains for a true trail run in nature. They will have to negotiate Benbaun Mountain twice, which has a summit height of 729 metres. It's undoubtedly a tough course that could well suit 100km runners, long distance mountain runners and 24 hour runners alike.

The General Information Sheet (GIS) will be available in mid-April following a site visit by Norman Wilson of the IAU. In the interim, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) would welcome some initial feedback on the number of countries and athletes that wish to take part.

The LOC will provide free full board accommodation to 3 athletes per team, male and female. National federations will also be transported from Galway City to the race location where they will be accommodated in the immediate vicinity. Galway City is easily accessible by rail or bus from the major airports of Dublin and Shannon and also has an airport itself, which serves many UK cities.

It should be noted that this is the first occasion there will be a team title on offer at the IAU Trail World Championships. There is a maximum of six per team and three will score. There will also be a limited open competition operated in conjunction with the IAU Trail World Championships.

Richard Donovan, the Chairman of UltraRunning Ireland, will act as Race Director and has extensive experience in organising major off-road events, specifically the northernmost and southernmost marathons in the world: the North Pole Marathon and the Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k.

Feedback of intent from Federations is appreciated by emailing info@ultrarunningireland.com.

Diamond Hill, Connemara

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara

Kylemore Lough, Connemara

Cottage in Connemara


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