Rat Race - Man vs Mountain

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This legendary mountain adventure race starts at sea level in the stunning Caernarfon Castle and weaves its way to the summit of Snowdon and back down where you will find punishing obstacles, including the infamous Vertical Kilometre, for you to tackle before you can cross the finish-line.
22 Miles
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Sat, 4 Sept 2021
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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Caernarfon, UK
Start times
Sat, 4 Sept 2021
22 Miles:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Rat Race - Man vs Mountain
22 Miles
Route information
With significant ascent (well, from sea level to the summit of Snowdon for starters!), some steep terrain and some varied mountain weather. This is a full day’s outing on rugged ground.
The obstacles are provided by Mother Nature. You could say that we have taken the concept of obstacle-based runs and put it into the hills. The concept is to provide a solid running challenge that links up a few obstacle encounters: These will be exhilarating and largely provided by the landscape, as opposed to being built. Think jumping, swimming (very short sections and with the use of buoyancy aids and safety cover), scrambling and possibly the use of some ropes. We might throw one or two man-made obstacles at you but these too will be “built into” the landscape.
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What's included
  1. Pit Stops With Water, ISO Drink + Snacks
  2. Finisher Medal
  3. One Free Beer At The Afterparty
  4. Pit Stop Bar, Hot Soup & Water At Finish
  5. Free Rat Rag + Tech Tee Worth £22
  6. Bouyancy Aids, Water Safety Paramedics + Mountain Safety Support
  7. Free Post Event photo
  8. Free Bag Transfer To Finish Line
  9. Live Satellite Tracking
  10. Fully Way Marked Route
How to get there
Caernarfon, UK
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Bus Transfer:
We will be providing a bus transfer from Llanberis to the start line in Caernarfon. This service will cost £10. Busses are allocated against demand and must be pre-booked when you enter or through your account login in the ‘add products’ section. The bus will leave Llanberis at 06:30 on Saturday morning.
Event day logistics
The event starts in Caernarfon and finishes at Llanberis. Llanberis is 7.5 miles from Caenarfon by road on the A4086.
There is no car parking directly at the community centre but there are several pay and display car parks nearby.
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Kit List
You need to be ready to do 20 miles on foot in the mountains. That means sturdy off-road footwear, some good waterproofs, gloves, headwear and plenty to eat and drink. We’ll release a mandatory kit list prior to the event that you must carry for your safety. Based on weather conditions, we may insist on more mandatory kit too, nearer the time. But the basic principle here is to dress comfortably, in gear that you know and trust. Spend some time on the hills and try some combinations. We will have some feed stations en route but you should also endeavour to carry fluids and food that suit you. Our feed stations are there to support you; but they won’t provide energy gels and the like, so if you have a favourite Scooby snack or race nutrition solution, you should pack that on your person. The Rat Race Store has everything you could ever need to take on this epic challenge.
Can I run with my dog?
No, dogs are not permitted to accompany runners.
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