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Dragon’s Back Race

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This 6-day legendary, multi-stage, ultra running journey in Wales has been labelled the world's toughest mountain race. With an average daily distance of 63km, and elevation twice the height of Everest, only enter if you're brave enough.
C-19 Plan
Ourea Events has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Sunday 5th Sep 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

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Dragon’s Back Race route

The legendary Dragon’s Back Race® follows the mountainous spine of Wales from north to south. This incredible six-day journey is 380km long with 17,400m of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is the toughest mountain race in the world.

*Please not this is not a trail race, the the course follows along the mountainous spine of Wales, with terrain at times extreme.

Event Details

  • Participation in the toughest, and one of the most iconic, footraces on Earth
  • GPS tracking of participants (for safety + friends and family will be able to follow you in real time!)
  • Transportation of participants’ overnight dry bags to each overnight campsite
  • Transportation of participants’ resupply dry bags to each daily support point
  • Emergency medical attention during the race
  • Mountain safety team cover
  • Tented accommodation at each of the overnight camps
  • Copious quantities of breakfast, finishing snacks and dinner each day
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and hot and cold water for drinking
  • A well planned and professionally organised race by Ourea Events
  • Team of motivated volunteer marshals and professional Ourea Events staff
  • Dragon's Back Race® participant T-Shirt (presented at the event registration)
  • Legendary dragon (trophy) for all completers
  • Digital race timing
  • Bespoke, accurate, waterproof, pre-marked and annotated Harvey map of the race route
  • A GPX file of the route and checkpoint locations (available in advance)
  • Parking at either the start or finish (with coach transport between these locations both before or after the event respectively).
  • Buffet meal on registration day (immediately after the race briefing)
  • Celebratory meal on the last night of the race and breakfast the following morning

Running and Ascent Per Day

Day 1: 52km and 3800m of ascent

Day 2: 58km and 3600m of ascent

Day 3: 71km and 3500m of ascent

Day 4: 71km and 2400m of ascent

Day 5: 71km and 2600m of ascent

Day 6: 60km and 1500m of ascent

Supporters are encouraged as long as they and the participants follow all of the event rules – i.e. they may not run with the participant, carry any equipment for them, or give them any food, drink, kit or other supplies.

Supporters are welcome on day one at the start in Conwy Castle and at the final day’s finish line at Cardiff Castle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I fail to complete one or more days of the full course?
Participants will be allowed to continue in the event (subject to event logistics), but with 'non-competitive' status and will not be eligible for a finisher's medal/trophy.
Do I have to go to the participant briefing?
Yes, all participants must be present for the participant briefing at 6pm on Sunday (registration day).
What time do we start running during the event?
On days 2-5 there will be staggered starts based on runners previous day's time. You will be given a 30 minute window in which to start.


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