Gerard Callaghan Interview

With the 2017 event fast approaching we interviewed the only competitor on the start line to finish all 3 previous races.  


Have you always been interested in endurance sports ?

Well it would have been up until about 18. From 18 on then it would have been cars, rally cars, racing cars. 

As a young cyclist I finished 7th in the national championships at a junior level and was part of a 3 person team that won an Irish U16 cycling title. From then on however I did nothing in terms of cycling for the next 20 years. I didn't even own a bike other than the original one I had at school. All that energy and interst was directed towards motor sport.

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The Race - Team Event

RACE-17-FB-notice-2 2The Race 2017 is incorporating a team challenge element to The Race for the first time. Teams will consist of 3 people taking on the same 250km race course.

The experience of being part of The Race community is, in our mind, the single strongest advertisement for the event. To this end, we have been exploring ways in which we can expand the reach of the event without compromising the core principals of competitor focus and limited entry. 

To date we have 3 teams competing in The Race and have 2 team places still available. 

To register for one of the final team places please complete the following registration form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Click here to register. 

Below are the three teams currently set to take on the event this March. 

1. 3 Wise Men

Competitors: Martin Kerr, Martin Gallagher, Shaun Boyce

All three team members are Donegal locals who describe the event as one on their bucket list.

2. Try Hards

Competitors: Shay Downey, Ray Jordan, Paul Kelly

Ray is the CEO of our charity partner Gorta-Self Help Africa who takes on the event along with colleague Shay and friend Paul.

3. The Not Dead Yets

Competitors: Jim Jackman, Michael McNamara, Robert Warman 

A Limerick based team taking on The Race for the first time. 

The Race and NorthWest Triman

NorthWest Triman and The Race
We are delighted to announce that The Race 2017 has joined forces with the NorthWest Triman and will be presenting the male and female winners of both The Race and NorthWest Triman with complimentary entries to each others races next year. 
The North West Triman is an ironman distance triathlon which takes place in the beautiful surroundings of A Coruna, Spain. This years race is to take place on the 25th of June
Both ultra endurance races attract experienced athletes and this partnership aims to establish and broadcast the leading competitors in this category and as a result create highly competitive races.
We are excited and looking forward to welcoming the NorthWest Triman winners to Donegal for The Race 2017.
If you wish to find out more about the Triman event click on the link below.

The Race 2016

race-16-storyAt 5am on the 5th of March, 87 competitors set off for The Race 2016. With a number of 2nd and 3rd time competitors taking on the event there was a tension and nervous excitement in the air born out of an awareness of just how tough the next 24 hours could be. Yet again the course lived up to all expectations. Brutal at times and relentless in ways only competitors can really describe.

"Nothing compares, those moments in the Race of utter madness when you can only laugh at how ridiculous the situation is - Ger Griffin, 2016 competitor"

For the first time our 15 km kayak was voted as the events toughest stage by competitors. A strong northerly wind coming over the tide made conditions incredibly difficult with over 10 competitors having to drop out before the end of this stage.

For those that continued, they were rewarded with a rare bit of sunshine as they rounded Fanad Head and Atlantic Drive. In three years of running the event this was the first time the sun has made an appearance and after our most difficult start it's presence was an extremely welcome sight.

With competition building throughout the day, so did the number of supporters and locals who continuously cheered the competitors throughout the 24 hours. The introduction of the tracking system allowed supporters to follow their family and friends throughout the course and was responsible for some tense scenes back at base where supporters eagerly watched their loved ones move closer and closer to the finish line.

Mariusz Olejniczak from Poland crossed the line in first place with a new course record of 15:01:45. It was just 30 minutes later when second placed Rob McDonald crossed the line in a time of 15:34:13, closely followed by Martin Lynch with a time of 15:41:01. Christina Mckenzie crossed the line in a time of 20:02:55 win the female category for the second time.

It was in the early hours of Sunday morning when we saw the final competitors exhausted faces coming in just before the 24 hour cut off. A total of 66 competitors managing to complete the course.