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Montane Takes Dragon’s Back Race To Greater Heights

Galen Reynolds on Crib Goch in 2019 ©No Limits Photography

Montane has been confirmed as presenting sponsor of the extended Dragon’s Back Race® for its next three editions. The now annual event will challenge the world’s best ultra-runners with 380km of distance and 17,400m of ascent in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The news of Montane’s sponsorship comes as organisers have released details of the new routes for days five and six in the extended race. The next event will start in Conwy Castle on the morning of Monday 6 September 2021 and finish in Cardiff Castle on Saturday 11 September.

Staged only five times, the race has acquired near mythical status in the adventure racing and running community. The event was first held in 1992 and then resurrected in 2012, since when entries have increased each time, growing steadily in 2015 and 2017 before almost doubling to over 400 in 2019, reflecting the booming interest in ultra-running.

Montane athletes have won the men’s event at the last two events, with Marcus Scotney setting a course record in 2017, which Galen Reynolds then lowered with his victory two years later. Galen Reynolds (Canada) was also the first overseas winner of the men’s race in 2019, when Brit Lisa Watson won the women’s race, succeeding Ireland’s Carol Morgan.

The Montane Dragon’s Back Race is widely regarded as the toughest mountain race on the planet. Only around half of those who have started the event have managed to complete the full course, earning the much-coveted trophy and title of ‘Dragon Slayer’.

Each race has featured some of the best ultra-runners in the world. Many others’ ambition is simply to finish each day of the course within the time allowed.

The addition of an extra day, with its distance and ascent, makes the task of completing the full event even more challenging. The capacity for 2021 was extended to 600 and all places went within hours of entries opening with runners of 35 different nationalities signing up. The waiting list for places has now reopened.

It’s organised by Ourea Events; race director Shane Ohly said, “I cannot think of a more appropriate outdoor brand to collaborate with as we look to the future. Montane’s pedigree of supporting many of the world’s most demanding races is a natural fit with the race and its formidable international reputation.”

Montane’s global marketing manager Matthew Hickman added, “The Dragon’s Back Race® embodies Montane’s own philosophy of ‘Further. Faster.’ which drives our passion for outdoor adventure.”

Full details of the new day five and six route can be found HERE. For more news, follow @DragonsBackRace on Twitter and Instagram or find the event on Facebook.

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