Entries are now open for one of the toughest multisport races in the UK – the Snowman Triathlon. The Snowman, which will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2018, in Snowdonia, North Wales, consists of a variety of distances; Sprint, Classic, Savage and the ‘mighty half iron Legend 71.6’.
Nestled in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, at Plas y Brenin Mountain Sports Centre, the Snowman is billed as a race like no other, with a tough course for all participants. Saturday’s shorter distance events are offered as warm up races for the longer distance races of Sunday’s Classic, Legend 71.6 and the concluding Snowman Savage.
The organising team at Always Aim High Events noted that athletes in the Snowman Legend 71.6 in 2017 hailed it as ‘one of the toughest half iron races around, some even labelling it harder than any other long distance race in the country’. Made up of a 1,900m swim in Llynnau Mymbyr, a hilly 91km cycle through the national park and culminating in ‘one of the toughest 21km trail/fell run legs available anywhere’. The organising team has thrown in the 3,000ft Moel Siabod mountain in Snowdonia at the end of it!
A new addition for 2018 will be the Snowman Duathlon. Taking place on the Saturday, the race is positioned as being ‘perfect for competitors who want to experience the electric Snowman atmosphere, but don’t fancy a swim in Llynnau Mymbyr’. The duathlon is made up of a 2.4km and 5km trail run, sandwiching a 31km road cycle.
The Snowman Swim will also return after a successful debut in 2017. As before, two distances are on offer, a 1 mile or half mile swim in the same lake as the Snowman Triathlon swim leg.
Entries for the Snowman Triathlon are strictly limited due to the area the race takes place in. Just 300 spaces are available for the Sprint, with a further 300 between the Classic and Legend 71.6. Always Aim High notes that ‘entering early is advisable’. Early bird discounts are available across all triathlon distances for the first 100 entries.