Slievenamon Race: The Second Stage of the IMRA Munster Championship

May 24, 2024

This Sunday, mountain running enthusiasts will converge in Kilcash, Co. Tipperary for the highly anticipated second race of the IMRA Munster Championship. Following the exhilarating opener on Tomies/Purple Mountain, the Slievenamon race promises another thrilling challenge amidst one of Ireland's most storied landscapes.

The race will start and finish in the village of Kilcash. Competitors can choose between a challenging long course of 8km with a grueling 580m of elevation gain, or a shorter 3.2km course. The starting gun will fire at 12 noon, sending participants through the village and onto the rugged trails of Slievenamon.

The route begins on the road, winding through Kilcash before a left turn at 0.6 miles leads runners up onto the mountain trail. Two gates must be passed, and racers will be greeted by the Holy Cross on their right. From here, the trail ascends steeply to the summit cairn. Runners will circle the cairn clockwise before making their descent, retracing their steps back to the village finish line.

With the weather forecast predicting clear skies, participants and spectators alike can look forward to breathtaking vistas. From the summit, panoramic views stretch across Tipperary and neighbouring counties, showcasing the natural beauty of Ireland.

This race is not just about competition but also community. It brings together seasoned mountain runners and newcomers, all united by a love of the sport and the great outdoors, to a historic place to embark on this journey together. The supportive atmosphere and the shared challenge of the mountain make for a memorable experience for all involved.

Whether you're racing, cheering on a loved one, or simply soaking in the scenery, the Slievenamon race is undoubtedly a highlight of the IMRA Munster calendar.

Featured Image: by Sarah Whelan

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