The official Trail World Championships at ultra running will take place in Connemara on Saturday 9th July 2011 and this amazing event is being filmed for broadcast globally.
The Championships will be operated in the picturesque area of Connemara National Park in Connemara, Ireland starting at the world famous Kylemore Abbey and finishing in the nearby village of Letterfrack.
Elite ultramarathon runners from every populated continent are now arriving in Connemara to prepare for the International Association of Ultra Runners event. They include over 120 athletes from the athletics federations of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain and the USA.
A strong Irish men's team could feature in the final shake-up for team medals for the host country.
The athletes must run a total distance of 70km on a course that encompasses mountains, grassland trails, compacted gravel trails, hard packed trails, bog, loose rock trails and open countryside. During the race, they will also run over Benbaun mountain twice, which has a summit height of 729 metres.
Aerial footage will be spectacular and race director Richard Donovan confirmed the event will be filmed for multiple half-hour broadcasts globally to millions of people. Among the confirmed broadcasters are Channel 4 and British Eurosport as well as a host of other networks on every continent bar Antarctica.
Furthermore, official London 2012 Olympic photographer, Mike King, will travel from the UK to photograph the event.
A parade of the nations will take place on Friday 8 July at 5.30pm in Letterfrack, Connemara and the race begins at 7am on Saturday 9 July at Kylemore Abbey