The biggest ever Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race®

Anticipation is building as the world of mountain running turns its eyes to Wales and the return of the legendary Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® in May.  The 2019 race will be biggest ever, with 450 anticipated starters from 32 different nations.  Each of them will be striving to earn a coveted Dragon by completing 315km and 15,500m of climbing over five arduous days in the Welsh mountains.

The 2019 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® will start in the courtyard of Conwy Castle early on the morning of Monday 20 May.  While participants will now be thinking about their final weeks of hard training and then tapering, race organisers are preparing for a sustained build-up of hard work as the complex logistics for the event are put in place behind the scenes.

This year’s Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® has already broken new ground.  Places in the race filled up in record time and more countries than ever will be represented on the start line.  As a consequence, organisers are already very busy stockpiling equipment and provisions and upgrading systems, all to ensure the delivery of a brilliant experience for every competitor and volunteer.

2019’s Dragon

There has been a major investment in general camp infrastructure, and twice the number of Berghaus Air 8 tents, some larger marquees, and 100 event volunteers, including extended medical and catering teams, will all head to Wales in May.  They will be joined by 9,000kg of participants’ kit, 220kg of baked beans, 630kg of chips, 160kg of fresh fruit and much more.  Each day, the entire race HQ will be taken down, transported and set up again for the next overnight camp.  The planning of each camp has been carefully revised to reflect the major growth in the size of the event.

New investment extends to the media team with the addition of live cameras, more film crews to capture the action, and presenters to tell the many stories from the event.  In addition, an enhanced social media presence during the race will allow the public to follow and engage with the event to a greater degree than ever before.

As the 2019 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race® looms closer, participants will be planning the finer details of their race strategies, whether they expect to be at the front of the field or simply want to complete each day within the challenging cut-off time.

Information about the expected leading contenders in the race will be shared in the near future.  In an event that has been infamous for its attrition rate over the years, anyone who finishes five full days within the allotted time will have achieved something very special and truly earned their Dragon.

Preparing for the dragon

Don’t forget to look after your feet! #DragoninTraining.
Photo by Guillem Casanova.

Preparing for the Dragon

What does it take to finish it? Do you need to be super human? Running since birth? Using a compass before you could walk? Have legs carved out of rock? Maybe such characteristics could help, but in a word, NO!

Over the coming weeks, Berghaus will be introducing several individuals who will be taking on the race. We’ll be bringing you all the details of training, where you start with training and how you push through to ultimately conquer the dragon.

Training Inspiration

In need of some motivation? Head back to our community section, here you’ll find some of the best advice when it comes to preparing for the Dragon’s Back Race.

Stop by some of legendary participant Steve Birkinshaw’s blog entries from previous races too. We guarantee you’ll be fighting fit in no time.

For more information about the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race®, visit, follow @DragonsBackRace on Twitter and Instagram, or find the event on Facebook.

Details of how to follow the race live will be revealed in the lead up to the start in Conwy Castle on Monday 20 May.