Jason Black has sights on conquering America alongside Joe Barr

Donegal men Jason Black and Joe Barr have teamed up to tackle the 2018 Race Across America and have set themselves the challenge of winning the two man category while also setting a new record.

RAAM is the longest running annual endurance race in the world, covering 3000 miles no stop across 12 states, starting in California and finishing in Maryland. It also takes in three different mountain ranges, the Serria's, Rockies and Appalachians.

Only the best in the world can qualify for the race.

Burt native Barr who lives in County Derry, has competed on RAAM twice before, finishing second in his age category in 2014.

Letterkenny man Jason Black, who is better known for being the first Donegal man to conquer Mount Everest, qualified for a solo run in the 2019 RAAM by completing the Race Across Italy.

They have teamed up now to help Jason prep for the following year.

Under the entry “JB Squared”, they hope to finish the course within 6 days and 10 hours.

RAAM 2018 starts in Oceanside, California on the 16th June.

Highland's Oisin Kelly caught up with Jason to get his thoughts on taking on the hardest endurance race in the world...