Photo by Alex McCarthy on Unsplash

Photo by Alex McCarthy on Unsplash

The inaugural Killorglin 12 to 12 Endurance run

Take part in the longest race day on the Irish calendar, with this brand new 12-hour race from noon to midnight on the Saturday before Summer Solstice.

For summer 2021, the Reeks District is pleased to welcome a brand-new ultraendurance running challenge set in the gorgeous countryside around Killorglin and against the backdrop of Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil.

The inaugural Killorglin 12 to 12 Endurance Run will be a rare opportunity for ultrarunners from around the country to take part in a 12-hour race in Ireland. Organised by the team behind the highly popular Kerry Way Ultra, the ultrarun will be the longest race day on the calendar thanks to it being held on June 19, the nearest Saturday to the Summer Solstice.

The race will be held over a 8km loop from Killorglin town centre and will take in Sunhill which sits between Castlemaine Harbour and Carrauntoohil. To be in with a chance of first place, runners will need to complete as many laps as possible during the 12-hour race time from midday to midnight. A relay version for teams of up to four people and a shorter six-hour race starting at 6pm will also form part of the programme.

A modern take on an ancient ritual

The Reeks District is steeped in ancient Irish myths and legends and the race is redolent of age-old rounding rituals, a key part of pagan and religious pilgrimages where believers would pray while walking sunwise around the features of a mountain. The practice was thought to unburden stress, ego, worries, negative thoughts and negative energies, and to mirror this, the race will follow the direction of the sun as it travels around the route.

The Reeks District is a keen supporter of sustainable initiatives in the region and the Killorglin 12 to 12 Endurance Run will be a No Trace Race where runners will be expected to supply their own sustenance and supplies at the start/finish area, while they are also tasked with ensuring the route is free from debris.

Runners travelling from outside the immediate locale will be able to take full advantage of the many facilities for visitors in Killorglin and its surrounds. A full list of accommodation options, from bunkhouses to luxury lakeside hotels can be found below, while Killorglin is home to a number of cafés, pubs and fine restaurants. More details can be found here. As the town is expected to be busy for race day weekend, booking is recommended. Post-race relaxation rituals can also be booked at a number of locations around Killorglin.

Runners visiting Killorglin will also be able to find out more about the region at the Reeks District Visitor Centre, located on Library Place, close to the start/finish.

To enter the race or find out more, see the Kerry Way Ultra website.

Runners can view and share their times and photographs by entering their bib number below.

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