Berghaus Dragon's Back

Berghaus has announced that it will be sponsoring the Dragon’s Back Race for the next two events

The 2017 Dragon’s Back Race will be held from 22 – 26 May, with competitors tackling 300km and 16,000m of ascent in wild mountainous terrain down the spine of Wales. News just in is that the epic race will be sponsored by British outdoors brand, Berghaus, with its support continuing through to 2019.

The race earned legendary status in the adventure racing world when it was hosted for the first time in 1992. It was not held again for 20 years, when Shane Ohly, 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 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race attracted another field of elite international athletes and again lived up to its reputation. A field of 140 signed up and by the start of the final day, only 64 competitors had completed every stage. Jim Mann was the overall winner, with Jasmin Paris in second place, continuing the tradition of outstanding female athletes in the race which was started by 1992’s joint winner Helene Whitaker (who also finished fourth in 2012). The introduction of live tracking in 2015 allowed the public to follow the progress of every athlete and the race generated huge interest on social media.

“We are delighted that Berghaus have confirmed their support for the next two editions of the Dragon’s Back Race in 2017 and 2019,” said Shane Ohly, Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race race director. “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 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race opened on Monday 9 May and within 24 hours the race was sold out. Runners from 21 different nations have signed up to participate, giving a truly international feel to the event.

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