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Trail Marathon Wales - 23/06/2012
Taking place on the 23rd of June 2012, Trail Marathon Wales will have full (26.2 mile / 42.1 km) and half (13.1 mile / 21 km) marathon race routes on the stunning trails and tracks of Snowdonia's Coed y Brenin forest near Dolgellau. The event aims to be Wales’ first true trail marathon taking in fully marked trail single track, forest roads and paths in some of the U.K.'s most stunning forestry and heathland.
Coed y Brenin is reknowned worldwide as a mountain biking centre and with its superb facilities and visitor friendly accessibility the centre will play perfect host to this exciting new event.
Event organiser, Matt Ward, said: "We are really excited to have launched this event. Trail running is an ever growing sport, and to have an event in this location will be very special."
"Having a full and half distance marathon will mean that runners of all standards can come and enjoy the event, and we are sure that the location and environment will ensure that Trail Marathon Wales will be a huge success and a race to remember for all of those taking part."
He added: "We are totally committed to using as much local resource as possible, in terms of suppliers and manpower, in addition to this it is an absolute goal of ours to make to event sustainable, have a low environmental impact and be around for years to come to benefit the local economy and communities".
The organisers are also working closely with Forestry Commission Wales at Coed y Brenin to deliver what will be a race route to remember. The exact course details will be released in the early Spring of 2012. A number of elite athletes have been provisionally recruited to take part in the race, ensuring that the event has a highly competitive element – whilst hopefully attracting good club runners and first time trail marathoners alike.
Priced at £25 for the full and £20 for the half distance events (plus small online booking fee), Matt says that Trail Marathon Wales represents one of the best value-for-money events on the race calendar.
The entry fee includes entry to the race, commemorative race t-shirt, an exclusive commemorative Trail Marathon Wales wooden coaster, goody bag, free car parking (at the event overflow car park) and free Welsh tea and flapjack when you finish!
You can enter online here. The vid below explains a bit more about Trail Marathon Wales.
Location: Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre near Dolgellau