The Montane Dragon's Back Race: 04-09 September, 2023
The Montane Dragon’s Back Race® route is inspired by that of the 1992 race, in which the inaugural Dragons tackled Wales’ uniquely wild, trackless, and remote mountainous terrain. Today, the route still traverses through parts of the country few tourists ever see - taking in both Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. En route racers must tackle Wales’ biggest mountain peaks. For those that make it all the way to Cardiff Castle, dragon slayer status awaits!
Meet the #TeamMontane racers
Welsh born Simon Roberts returns as defending champion to attempt to win for a second year in a row. All eyes will be on this rising start of the ultra run world!
Experienced mountaineer Becks is no stranger to big mountains, having climbed the likes of K2. A passionate runner, she’ll be taking on the Dragon Back Race for the first time this year.
Having taking part in one of the coldest ultras on the planet, the Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra, earlier this year - Dennis is now setting his sights on the toughest mountain race…
The Dragon’s Back Route
Spanning over 6 days and 5 checkpoints, the Dragons Back Race takes participants on a gruelling multi stage mountain challenge. Heading from the north to the south, the route traverses 2 of Wales’ National Parks, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons - as well as countless lesser-visited peaks along the way.
“The Dragon’s Back route is very rough - we don’t follow major paths or tracks. The challenge is to (simply) follow the spine of Wales, with the course essentially making connections between the big Welsh mountains.” - Shane Ohly, Dragon’s Back Race Director
From Conwy Castle to Cardiff Castle, a legendary multi-stage, ultra running journey down the spine of Wales. This is the world’s toughest mountain race.
The average daily distance is 63km - that’s >1.5 marathons a day! Be sure to pace yourself.
That’s almost twice the height of Everest - enter only if you’re brave enough.