Interview with Oisin Weldon


Oisin completed the The Race 2014 in a time of 22 hours and 3 minutes.

We caught up with him this week to chat about The Race and his advise for others taking on the challenge in 2015. 

Is your training any different the second time around?

Not really. I would say my training is similar but my use of time has been smarter. For example I’ll get a lift with my wife to the gym in the morning, do my strength or conditioning work then I’ll run home afterwards getting a 16km run in as well.

I have tried to run/bike on hilly routes during the majority of my training this time around. The Donegal landscape is relentless and I was totally unprepared last year for that aspect of The Race. The only flat part of the course is the kayak leg!

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Interview with Anne-Marie Flammersfeld

Name:Anne-Marie Flammersfeld

Nationality: German

You have just finished the Volcano Marathon in the Atacama desert. How did that race go ?

Anne-Marie Flammersfeld smallThe UVU Volcano Marathon was a great race. I like the landscape in the Atacama Desert a lot and the race is well organised.

It was tough to race at 4500 meters but for the first 21 kilometers I felt fine. The last long uphill section was brutal. I could really feel the lack of oxygen in the air and my body starting to cramp.
I had to slow down the pace and drink and eat as much as I could. When I reached the last highest point I was really happy.

The technical part of the race started and I enjoyed it. I came in first women and third overall just two minutes behind the second man.

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Interview with Patrick Utz

Name: Patrick Utz

Nationality: Swiss

This is your second time competing at The Race and you have also taken part in other incredibly tough endurance events. What attracts you to endurance events?

Arthur's supportersFor me it’s all about finishing The Race, something that seemed impossible last year. This is my motivation and makes me kick my ass into shape. I began endurance sports very late in life after a long time of doing nothing. Now I see this as a privilege as there there are so many to do. The second thing that attracts me to tougher events is that they normally have fewer starters. Ironman races are overcrowded and too commercial for me. I don’t like that, I want to feel the nature and be challenged by it. The Race offers exactly that.

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Worlds toughest extreme races

We were delighted that The Race was included as one of the worlds toughest endurence events. In only our second year it was brilliant to be included in this list compiled by CTV news in Canada.

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