The wait is over as the Cara Bundoran Challenge 2019 takes place this weekend, Friday to Sunday, 8th, 9th and 10th March.
The hard working organising committee led by Cara boss and main sponsor Canice Nicholas indicate that this year's event will be even bigger and better than previous years.
A record entry in the Friday evening's 5k, Saturday's 10 miles walk, 10 miles and 10k runs and Sundays 21k TT Cycle will be capped at 2,500 participants. Many entrants are repeating for the eighth year and indicate the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, superb organisation, an athlete friendly course that has breath taking 'Wild Atlantic Way' segments along the Leitrim loop and the final two K around Roguey to the finish at the sea front as attractions The excellent prize fund - of over €8k - and goodie bags, specially struck medallions and T shirts for all finishers and the social inclusiveness are all mentioned.
Former winner John Travers (who was in European Indoor action last weekend) will lead a star studded entry and attempt to break the Cara 10 miles course record.
The Cara Bundoran Challenge is unique in that it attracts the elite international athlete, the club athlete and the participant -jogger and walker that is attempting to regain fitness. Last years, Friday nights 5k, attracted over 500 entrants -many from local primary and secondary schools.
This year Cara are honoured to have Cathal Gallagher of Operation Transformation fame as official starter for the 5k event
Tir Chonaill AC are delighted to be involved in this annual event with a record number of club members participating and supporting in the numerous organisational and hospitality roles. Since its inception eight years ago the Cara Challenge has supported charities to the tune of over €100,000. This years deserving charities are Cancer Care West, Epilepsy Ireland and Make a Wish Ireland.
Its still not too late to enter and take up the challenge to walk, jog, run or cycle in the what was described recently by John Travers as ' the most friendly and welcoming event 'I've ever competed in'.
Al entries must be made on line at Cara Bundoran Challenge 2019