We’re delighted to announce a new race distance of 8km for our special day of Trail Running in Bray on September 30th. Our new 8km race is ideal for those looking to take part in their first trail race as well as for those runners who prefer a shorter and faster trail race.
The course takes in Bray Seafront and the coastal hill of Bray Head with stunning views of the Irish Sea and Dublin Bay. The 8km route is almost entirely on hard-packed trails with 3 short sections of rocky trails, perfect for beginners and for road runners looking to try out the trails for the first time.
The age limit is also dropped to 16 for this race, hopefully giving a chance for parents to encourage the teenagers in the house to come out and have a great experience on the mountains.
Entry is now open on our website here along with further details on the event.
Our new 8km event is added to our existing four different trail distances ranging from 19km, 30km, 46km and an epic 80km ultra event which takes in Bray, Kilruddery Gardens Little Sugarloaf, Great Sugarloaf, Powerscourt Waterfall, sections of the Wicklow Way and the incredibly scenic Lough Tay and Vartry Reservoir.
EcoTrail Wicklow is one of 12 EcoTrail Races across Europe and Asia and was founded in Paris in 2007. The overriding concept of the EcoTrail group of races is to offer high quality trail running courses that allow participants to discover the trails linking a town or city to its mountains and valleys, while respecting the environment and raising awareness about the impact each runner has on the mountains they run in.
In line with this important ethos, Ecotrail Wicklow plants trees in the Wicklow area instead of providing a race t-shirt, it collaborates with Pure Project to help clean up local trails, the race encourages participants to use Public Transport and Car Pooling on Race Day and are also delighted to collaborate each year with local company the Wicklow Wolf Brewery with race day non-alcoholic beer for finishers, all produced locally in a sustainable way from the team at Wicklow Wolf.
EcoTrail Wicklow is organized in collaboration with Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Tourism. Fred Verdier from Wicklow Tourism, whose vision it was to bring the event to Wicklow in 2019 , is very excited about the new 8k distance, “I think the new 8k race will open up the event to a new group of sports enthusiasts, those who want to experience the sport of Trail Running for the first time or maybe friends and family of participants in the longer distances who are looking for something exciting to do as they are waiting for their friends and family to get back to our finish line in Bray. I´d also encourage road runners who are maybe curious about the Trail Running world to come and try the 8k race out and enjoy some of the amazing views that are on offer around Bray Head and Wicklow and feel like a Trail Runner for the day. The new race is also part of our idea to create a really exciting Trail Running Festival for Bray and Wicklow in September and we´ll be working from now until race day to offer the best possible experience for participants and friends and family, including expanding our live race-day streaming which was such a big success last year with 70,000 views of the video of our winner in the 80k, Luke Grenfell Shaw crossing the finish line, on Facebook alone. ”
Click here for more information on EcoTrail Wicklow 2023 and for registration information.