WAAR Ready for Take Off

Photo credit: Rory O’Donnell

With fierce displays of stamina, strength and speed the Wild Atlantic Adventure Race, or WAAR, one of the most challenging adventure races in Ireland, returns to the Donegal coast on Saturday 11th May hosted by Naomh Muire GAA club with headline sponsor Randox Teoranta in tow for the fifth year.

This year’s race has already seen entries flying in from across the country and even further afield with numbers expected to reach 600. There are a limited number of spaces left with online registrations closing on Wednesday 1st May.

As well as being recognised as the world’s number one most scenic airport for two years running. Donegal Airport is also extremely supportive towards the local community and once again they have opened up their live runway to the running route of the WAAR event.

Eilis Barrett from Donegal Airport commented “We were delighted to continue our support of this very successful event and look forward to having hundreds of competitors run on the runway as they did last year.” She added “What other adventure race in the world can competitors run on the live runway of the most scenic landing in the world, in the coolest place on the planet to live? It really is a special event.”

The full WAAR route features a 10km run, 42.5km cycle, 2km hike and 1km kayak, starting and finishing at C.L.G. Naomh Muire in Mullaghderg. This year, for the first time, the race will also be included in the National Adventure Race Series, allowing competitors to gain points towards becoming the all-Ireland Adventure Race champion 2019. There is also a shorter Sprint option for newcomers of this growing sport.

Brian O’Donnell of the organisers committee paid thanks to the many people including sponsors, providers of facilities, volunteers and everyone who help making it a successful and growing event.

He said “Our thanks to Donegal Airport for allowing our WAARiors the unique opportunity to run on the runway.”

WAAR seeks to encourage all standards of participants from the give-it-a-go competitors to the elite athlete all with the objective of highlighting positive mental and physical well-being.

Anyone interested in taking part in the event can visit the website at www.waar.ie. The event is open to anyone who is 16 or over on the 11th May 2019. If you would like to help out on the day of the event and be part of it all then please send your name and contact number to info@waar.ie.