20 Jun

Berghaus Behind Dragon’s Back

Dragon's Back RaceBerghaus has confirmed that it will be the title sponsor for the iconic Dragon’s Back Race for the next two events. One of the most gruelling events on the circuit, the course traverses the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle in the north, to Carreg Cennen Castle in the south.

The original Dragon’s Back Race was held in September 1992 and entered running folklore for its extreme difficultly. This incredible race is approximately 300 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. Competitors can expect to be running for a minimum of 9 hours each day.

After a 20-year absence, it was revived in 2012 when Shane Ohly of Ourea Events, with sponsorship from Berghaus, relaunched the race. In 2012, the event lived up to its reputation, with only 32 of 100 starters completing the course, confirming its reputation as one of the hardest mountain races in the world. The 2015 staging, similarly, attracted a field of international runners: of the 140 who signed up, only 64 competitors completed every stage. 

Shane Ohly, Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race race director, adds: “We are delighted that Berghaus have confirmed their support for the next two editions of the Dragon’s Back Race in 2017 and 2019.  We are looking forward to working with Berghaus to further cement the event’s world-class reputation. 

“It is clear to me that both Berghaus and the Dragon’s Back Race have a genuine shared passion for the participant’s adventures and endeavours in the mountains, and this is why Berghaus has been a natural partner for the event since its launch in 2012.”

Entries for the 2017 event opened in May with the race sold out in less than 24 hours. You can view a short video of the race here.