In any multi-discipline event balance is important. In preparing for THE RACE balance is crucial.


Balance doesn’t just relate to apportioning time between the different disciplines. Balance is about everything that goes into preparation. From nutrition to organising your time between work and training, getting balance correct will be the single most important factor in your preparation.

No two competitors are the same, and as such no two training regimens will be the same. We recommend before beginning any training that you ensure you are in good health and injury free. If this is your first ultra/endurance event we advise that you consult a trainer before embarking on a training programme.The local trainers in your area are experts in creating competitor specific programmes and will advise on everything from nutrition to injury prevention.

There are, however, a few key points that will help you get off to the best possible start.


Just as every wall starts with a single brick, every great feat of endurance begins with that first step. THE RACE will not begin when you arrive in Donegal, it begins the day you close your front door behind you and take on that most difficult of challenges; Training Day 1.

Manage your time

No two competitors are the same, and as such no two training regimens will be the same.

THE RACE competitors will come from all backgrounds. Most will have full time jobs and a host of other commitments. Time management will make the difference between completing a training programme or a programme finishing you. Daily, weekly and monthly scheduling will enable you to set aside enough time to fit in everything. Sacrifice is a key requirement in achieving anything worthwhile but with considered scheduling and time-budgeting you can minimise the disruption.

Listen to your body

The very nature of THE RACE is such that it will reward those who can suffer and keep going. However, for you to even reach the start line you will need to listen to your body. Failure to do so will undoubtedly result in injury. Know when to stop and ‘live to fight another day’. There is nothing as damaging to preparation as injury. Don’t sacrifice a large part of a training programme to finish a tiny part.

Have fun

This is going to be tough. THE RACE is designed to offer a truly attritional ultra/endurance event. Finishing will mean you will have gone to your very limits. It must, however, be fun. We believe that in registering for THE RACE you will begin a journey that will ultimately be one of the most rewarding of your life. 

Training plans will be sent out to all competitors. If you have any queries email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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  • Name: Anthony Boyle Nationality: IrishBackgroundMy main reason for entering is that I would like the opportunity to test my mental and
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    Anthony Boyle

  • Name: Jeff Butler Nationality: IrishBackground (Reasons for attempting The Race) Always wanted to do longer expedition style races - and this looks
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    Jeff Butler

  • Name: George Kelly Nationality: Irish Background  Two of my sons have entered the 2016 Race. I have always encouraged my sons to
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    George Kelly

  • Name Oisin Weldon Nationality Irish Background (Reasons for attempting The Race) The score is Oisin 1- The Race 1, so
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    Oisin Weldon

  • Name Kevin Kelly Nationality Irish Background (Reasons for attempting The Race) Engineer living and working in Scotland having just spent
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    Kevin Kelly

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There are limited places available for THE RACE. Signing up now is the first step towards one of the toughest and most rewarding experiences of your life. 



Check out the compulsory equipment list and local retailers for The Race 2015 .  



Information and advice on getting started with your nutrition plan.