Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race 2019 Entries Are Now Open

Entries for one of the toughest and most iconic footraces on earth opened Wednesday 2nd May 2018 – this is the 5th edition of the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® and will take place in May 2019.

Within just one hour of entries opening, the race attracted over 200 sign-ups.

The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race is known as the toughest 5-day mountain race in the world – Entrants are signing up to a 315 kilometres long, 5-day journey with 15,500 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and Welsh mountain terrain.

Are you interested? Find out how you can claim your spot.

The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® previously sold out within two weeks and organisers expect there to be extraordinary demand for places for the 2019 race, especially from an increasingly international audience. If you are interested find out how you can sign up here.

Could you tame the dragon?

Jez Bragg tackles Crib Goch – Day 1 of the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® ©

An entry into the race includes live GPS tracking of each participant so that a worldwide audience can follow every competitor in real time. Simply completing the 315km route in five days is no mean feat, but add both a huge 15,500m height gain and some seriously rough terrain, and the chance of earning a legendary Dragon trophy becomes even more of a test.

The organisers are keen to reiterate that the race is not a trail running event, and the course follows summit checkpoints along the mountainous spine of Wales, where terrain is at times extreme. Combined with the need to self-navigate the course and deal with the Welsh mountain weather, and the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® offers a genuinely unique challenge.

Steve Birkinshaw ‘taming the dragon’ – Photo credit

Shane Ohly, Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® race director, comments: “We are delighted that Berghaus is continuing its unrivalled support for the 2019 edition of the Dragon’s Back Race®. We are looking forward to building on our partnership with the company to further cement the event’s world-class reputation and align with some key products; for instance, participants will have the chance to obtain an exclusive and highly-limited edition of the Berghaus Hyper 100 jacket featuring race branding when entries first open.”

This exclusive and highly-limited edition of the Berghaus Hyper 100 jacket featuring race branding will be on sale when entries open.

New for this year is the addition of ‘Boot Camp’ and ‘Recce Weekends’, which are being provided to maximise a participant’s chance of completing the race. Shane Ohly adds: “We know that a surprising number of participants come to the event underprepared, and the sole focus of these courses is to enable them to prepare with expert guidance so that they arrive in Conwy in May 2019 truly ready for one of toughest mountain races in the world.”

The 2019 event will only be possible due to an estimated 75-strong event team, a large proportion of whom are volunteers, who take responsibility for campsite builds, checkpoint placing, mountain safety, media coverage, catering, and much more. The support of National Trust Wales, the National Parks, and landowners is equally valuable to the smooth progress of the race as it travels south through Wales.

Getting inspired?

Find out how to enter

Relive the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race 2017

The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race 2012 film is now available to view (free) online.