Gerry Duffy

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We are delighted to announce Gerry Duffy as our Irish Male Ambassador for The Race 2014. Gerry hardly needs an introduction at this stage. What he has achieved in the world of endurance sports is staggering. Running a marathon in each of the 32 counties on 32 consecutive days was only the beginning for Gerry. In 2012 Gerry was first of only three finishers in the Deca Enduroman Challenge, ten back to back Ironmen distance races in ten days. Gerry provides a tangible example of what you can achieve if you test your limits and embodies our motto; "He conquers who endures." Check out Gerry's profile by clicking here

Ryan Bennett

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We are delighted to announce that Ryan Bennett has been confirmed as The Race International Male ambassador for 2014. Ryan has has placed in the top 10 at some of the world's toughest endurance events and will set an incredibly impressive standard at next years race. We look forward to checking in with Ryan over the next few months as he prepares for The Race. Check out Ryan's profile for additional information.

Samantha Gash

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We are delighted to announce our first ambassador, Samantha Gash, as The Race International Female ambassador for 2014. She is the perfect example of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. Samantha is truly a legend of ultra racing and her accomplishments are beyond impressive.  Samantha will be a great source of inspiration in the lead up to The Race 2014 and to have her competing in the inaugural running of the event is a massive honour. We look forward to following Samantha's progress as she trains for next years event. Check out Samantha's profile by clicking here

Finding a Location for The Race

We live in an island of six and half million people. We have two indigenous sports and a host of other field, track and course sports which vie for popularity amongst this small populace. There is a myriad of sporting distraction for those so inclined far more accessible and less daunting than endurance events. Despite this the Irish have defied the odds and have made an impact worldwide in ultra endurance events that belies our size. We have not just completed, but have competed from African deserts to Arctic ice fields. We have raced against and often raced faster than the world’s best. In testing our limits we have found them to be far beyond what we may have expected. The Irish may not be the fastest, but if you make the race long enough and if you make the course tough enough then we will invariably be there fighting at the end.

In spite of this we have a dearth of ultra-endurance events taking place on our own shores. We are inundated with events which provide a limited test but are very short on events that test our limits. For too long we have travelled the globe to take on the toughest. We wanted to bring the toughest to Ireland. To do this we would have to design a course that not only could stand toe to toe with the world’s most difficult but would also be distinctly Irish. A course that would combine the island’s beauty with it’s ferocity. We believed that we could find a world-class course within Ireland. We believe that The Race: Donegal 2014 is just that.

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