Fitness fanatics ready to meet the challenge in Bog 2 Beach adventure

ADVENTURE athletes are now looking towards the breath-taking scenery of north Kerry in anticipation of an event that will set the landscape in a rugged perspective come May.

Hundreds of fitness fanatics from all over the county and far beyond are marking Saturday, May 17 as the big date ahead of the second year of the Bog 2 Beach Adventure Challenge.

Last year's event brought athletes on foot through the muddy wash of the Dirha Bog, on bike up the testing slopes of the region before a sandy run on the beaches of Ballybunion following by a cycle back into Listowel. Everyone taking part was full of praise for the event and, with the word out, organisers are expecting to host even more athletes this May.

Organised by the Listowel Community Centre and the brainchild of Kerry Crusaders founder Gordon Flannery, the Bog 2 Beach Adventure Challenge will include three stages.

"Athletes will start on the outskirts of Listowel by running through Dirha Bog, getting down and dirty, before cycling up north Kerry's highest point of Cnoc an Fhómhair offering breath-taking views of Kerry, Clare and Limerick," Frank Lawlor of Listowel Community Centre explained. "From there the field will descend onto the coast road around to the resort of Ballybunion to complete the beach run with the wilds of the Atlantic at their side."

Then it's back in the saddle for the return to Listowel, where a relatively short run around its outskirts will take participants to the finish line and refreshments at the Listowel Community Centre.

Two routes are available - a 69km for advanced and a 55km route for beginners.

It is also possible to share the demanding Bog 2 Beach with another person, taking turns as part of a two-person team to complete the course.

Check out the Bog 2 Beach website on or on Facebook Bog2Beach Adventure page to see what previous participants said about the event.