15 Mar

The Dragon Returns

Dragon's Back Race

After a 20 year absence, preparations for the Dragon's Back Race are well underway with news of an official sponsor for the event and the confirmed participation from the winner of the 1992 competition. Organisers have announced Berghaus will be sponsoring the challenging 5 day event, which begins on September 3. The Dragon's Back Race enjoys near mythical status in the adventure racing community due to the fact it has only been held once before (in 1992), and because it proved so difficult. After this year, it is hoped the race will become an annual event.

In addition to confirming Berghaus' support, Helene Whitaker (nee Diamantides) also revealed she would be taking part, 20 years after winning the original competition. Helene, who completed the Olympus marathon last year, will be joined by three other 1992 veterans.

Helene at the Olympus Marathon

Race Director, Shane Ohly, commented: "From the beginning the genuinely legendary status of the race has been an irresistible lure to many runners. The fact that four veterans from 1992 will be taking part is confirmation of the very special hold the race has over everyone involved".

Closely following the original route, the race will start at Conwy Castle in the north and finish at Carreg Cennen five days later. With an ascent totalling 45,000 ft, more than one and a half times the size of Mount Everest, competitors will be required to use skilful navigation as they traverse the rocky mountains of Wales, covering a total of 200 miles in the process. Around 100 competitors are expected at this year's event.

For more information, visit the official website.