Run or bike for charity. In a Cave?

Aillwee Cave will play host to an event that will give runners and mountain bikers the unique experience of racing through the famous cave. The Caveman will be held at the stunning Aillwee Cave in the heart of the Burren, Co Clare over the weekend of October 15th & 16th. The weekend will entail running and mountain biking through the breath taking Burren landscape with the quirky addition of having part of the race hosted inside the famous Cave. The event will have two stages over two days. Two running stages and two mountain bike stages commencing on Saturday the 15th October 2011. Individuals or groups have the option to enter just the Saturday running stages, the Sunday mountain bike stages or sign up for the full weekend challenge.

This novel event is being held to build the public’s awareness of Muscular Dystrophy. A collective name for a range of neuromuscular conditions which are characterised by the progressive weakening and wasting of muscles. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland is the charity that provides support and information to people with neuromuscular conditions which can effect people of any age.

At the unveiling of the event at Aillwee last week, an excited Niall Davis, a well known Irish Mountain Bike specialist and recently crowned Single Speed Mountain Bike World Champion, who had just ridden the course commented “It’s a very novel thing to be riding through the Cave and felt great. That combined with the stunning scenery around Aillwee makes it a really enjoyable course. I can’t wait.”

Also there was Amy Bramley, Fundraising & PR Coordinator Muscular Dystrophy Ireland who said, “we’re thrilled and very appreciative to the organisers of The Caveman for choosing MDI as the charity beneficiary. We’re trying to raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy and the unique nature of this event will help us get the word out there. Money raised will go towards the crucial respite support services provided to our 590 members nationwide”.

To preserve and respect the beauty and uniqueness of the Burren landscape, there will be a limited number of places available for the Caveman. Only 100 runners and 100 Cyclists will get the chance to take part. A further 100 places for those who want to take part in the two day event to win the title of ‘The Caveman.

To register your place or for further information on the event please visit online registration is now open. The cost per person per day is €50 or if you choose to take part in the two day event it is reduced to just €90.