Five reasons why adventure racing is the 2020 challenge ANYONE can participate in
With people always searching for their next fitness challenge, there’s never been a better solution than the emerging format of adventure racing – a one-day event comprising running, cycling and kayaking.
We know what you’re thinking; all of that in one day? There’s no way I can do that! However, we’re here to put you at ease; adventure racing is accessible for anyone and if you can run more than 10km, you can do this.
Without doubt the most breath-taking adventure race in the UK is Quest Wales. Taking place on 20th June 2020, the event sees participants run, cycle and kayak across the stunning scenery of Snowdonia National Park. Participants have the choice of 23km, 38km or 50km routes to match their fitness levels and while there may be a few hills and challenges along the way, the amazing spirit of the event means you’ll never be left behind.
Quest Wales is part of Quest Adventure Series, the best adventure race series in the UK and Ireland. Already well-established across Ireland, their events encompass several one-day adventure races having attracted over 8,000 participants in 2019.
Quest Wales 2020 marks four successful years of the event running, with the event attracting increased numbers year-on-year.
Here’s the top reasons why we should see you on the start line on 20th June!
- UNLIMITED LEVELS OF SPIRIT AND SUPPORT
Quest Wales is simply about having fun and soaking up the unique atmosphere of the day with your friends and fellow participants. Whether you’re graduating through the route lengths, beating your PB, or just spending time with your friends, everyone is united on race day.
At the finish line, you’ll find family, friends, food, drink, Japanese hot tubs, customised t-shirts and much more as well as plenty of other Quest participants ready to celebrate their great personal achievement.
- IT’S A PERFECT WEEKEND AWAY WITH FRIENDS
While Quest does have its elite racers, many competitors are there for the experience and the sense of accomplishment of completing the event.
This means that often people tackle the course in small groups and take the opportunity to spend the weekend with friends in North Wales. The event gives you the chance to compete at your own pace with friends and take in some of the best scenery that the UK has to offer. The idyllic village of Betws-y-Coed, where the race starts and finishes, houses several quaint bed and breakfast hotels and local restaurants, providing a great base for your weekend away!
- IT’S GREAT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Experienced Quest racer Moire O’Sullivan is a shining example of this. Before her first child, she embraced a very active lifestyle but as her pregnancy advanced and her fitness levels dropped, she needed something to aim for to fight off the post-natal blues. After seeing photos of a friend participating in an adventure race on Facebook, Moire signed up for her first Quest event in 2014 and has since become hooked and fits training for adventure racing around looking after her two children.
“Getting some exercise in daily, whether it is biking or running, gives me time out to be just me and helps me be a better mum once I get back home,” said Moire. “My kids see me being active, which means that it is totally natural for them to be active as well.”
- IT’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Adventure racing provides fitness enthusiasts with the opportunity to tackle a new challenge, with kayaking adding a fun element to complete the race.
Most Quest participants report that kayaking is the most fun element of the race and with it being a relatively short experience, it’s a matter of jumping aboard and seeing what you can do. Kayak hire is included as part of the entry fee.
- IT’S THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT SNOWDONIA
It’s estimated that nearly four million people  visit Snowdonia National Park each year and Quest Wales provides the opportunity to not only do some sightseeing but tackle a fun fitness challenge! All distances take in the stunning scenery and start and finish in the village of Betws-y-Coed.
Entries start at £68.00 and you can register at https://www.questadventureseries.com/race/quest-wales/. If you’re the organiser in your friend group, share your referral link after registration and you can receive £10.00 back from one or more referrals.
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