Need a serious outdoor challenge in your life?

So how goes that new year’s resolution? Ready for the ultimate challenge? How does a 54km swinrun sound?

The Breca Árainn Mhór Swimrun, the first of its kind in Ireland, is coming to Donegal this August 20th. This ultimate endurance test will take participants across the rugged beauty of Árainn Mhór Island to vast stony expanse of The Rosses. Teams of two will run and swim through a course of varying and unpredictable terrain from scenic clifftops, to sand dunes and open icy waters, seamlessly transitioning between the two disciplines. Over 45 legs the teams will face the challenging 54km alternating between 45km of trail running and 9km of open water, broken down into 23 runs and 22 swims.

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Spectacular Donegal Image from @brecaswimrun

The event is being run by the Breca Swimrun team who have over 30 years combined experience in testing the limits of endurance in events such as the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon, the ÖTILLÖ and the Transylvanian Bear Race. So they know what they’re talking about!

But this is not for the faint-hearted, this gruelling challenge will require the participants to be experienced open water swimmers and used to running in remote and uneven terrain. With 8 months left to train are you ready to take on the Breca Árainn Mhór?

Since this is the first if it’s kind here in Ireland they are limiting entries to just 100 teams, so get in quick if you want to stake your claim as one of the first to defeat the Breca Árainn Mhór! For more information and to sign up check out their website.


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