If you want to get active in one of the most beautiful parts of the world – and you’re prepared to put up with the inevitability of April showers – the Dingle Running and Fitness Festival, 2017, in County Kerry, Ireland is one for the calendar.
Kicking off on 22 April, this is a family fun-filled weekend of races (some 5k, some 10k), seminars with sports stars, workshops and plenty more. The best thing about it? It’s set against one of the best backdrops that Ireland has to offer; the Dingle Peninsula. Most events will take place in the bustling town – and when you’ve crossed the finish line you have over 56 pubs to choose from for your celebratory pint – while the races themselves will take you out around the peninsula.
The ten-mile race starts and ends in Dingle town, offering a scenic route out towards the crescent-shaped Ventry Beach. The 10k race goes in another direction, through a valley and over a hill where the views will take your breath away (if the running hasn’t already done that for you).
This is the festival’s second year running; we spoke to the chief organiser Shane Finn who says it’s a big draw for fitness enthusiasts and families with young kids in particular. “It’s a massive draw for tourists too; last year – it was our first year – we had over 450 tourists sign up and take part.” This year, it’s expected to be even bigger. There will be talks on nutrition for performance, nutrition for weight loss, strength training for athletes and sports and keynote speakers who will share their stories of how running changed their life. Tickets start from €16 for the 5k race and go up to €29.40 for the ten mile race. Sign-up is still open. The perfect way to get active in unforgettable surroundings.
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