The legendary mountain race through Wales will begin early next Monday 22nd May.

What? The start of the 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race

Who? 232 competitors from 24 nations including:

* Brit Jim Mann, winner in 2015 and back to defend his title

* Carol Morgan from Ireland, one of the favourites for 2017

* Joe Faulkner, aiming to be the only person to complete every race since it was first held in 1992

* Vassos Alexander, radio and TV presenter and keen ultra-runner

Where? Conwy Castle, Rose Hill Street, Conwy, LL32 8LD

When? 7:00am on Monday 22 May

Final preparations are being made ahead of the start of the 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race. Staged only three times before, in 1992, 2012 and 2015, the Dragon’s Back Race has acquired near mythical status in the adventure racing and ultra-running community. The race follows the spine of Wales from north to south. Over five days, competitors will have to cover 315km and climb 15,500m, navigating across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is billed as the toughest five-day mountain race in the world and fewer than half of the runners who start are expected to complete the course. iancorless.com_DragonsBack2015Day1-4736Photo Credit © Ian Corless – Eventual 2015 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ winner, Jim Mann, heading away from Pen-y-Pass at the start of the Snowdon horseshoe.

The 2017 field is the biggest ever and includes some of the world’s very best ultra-runners, representing 24 nations. The 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race will start in the courtyard of Conwy Castle, after a performance by Maelgwn Male Voice Choir. The runners will then race out along the ancient town walls of Conwy before heading up to the Carneddau, Glyders, Snowdon and beyond…

The public will be able follow the progress of the race thanks to live tracking via, and the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race team will be posting regular updates on social media throughout the event:

* Twitter – follow @DragonsBackRace and @TheRealBerghaus

* Instagram – follow @DragonsBackRace and @BerghausOfficial

* Facebook – DragonsBackRace