Run Connemara: IAU Trail World Championships 2011The IAU Trail World Championships took place in Connemara, Ireland on Saturday 9th July 2011.
Connemara is a spectacularly beautiful area in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The event was operated in the area of Connemara National Park and its surrounding environs starting at the world famous Kylemore Abbey and finishing in the nearby village of Letterfrack.
Athletes covered a total distance of 70km on a course that encompassed mountains, grassland trails, compacted gravel trails, hard packed trails, bog, loose rock trails and open countryside. The course was undoubtedly a tough one that suited dedicated trail athletes, 100km runners, long distance mountain runners and 24 hour runners alike.
Men's and women's teams comprised a maximum of 6 people with 3 to score. However, each national athletics federation had an option to send 9 male and 9 female competitors, e.g. a full team + 3 individual athletes.
Competitors in the team competition automatically counted in the individual race and team positions were decided on the basis of the cumulative time of the top three finishers.
The inaugural 'Run Connemara' open race was operated concurrently with the IAU Trail World Championships, but only contestants entered by their national federations counted in the results of the official IAU Trail World Championships.
GENERAL TIME SCHEDULE
TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY - ARRIVAL OF DELEGATIONS
TRANSPORT OF ATHLETES FROM GALWAY CITY TO ACCOMMODATION
FRIDAY 8TH JULY
1430 TECHNICAL MEETING
1530 ALLOCATION OF RACE NUMBERS / TRAVEL GRANT
1630 PRESS CEREMONY / INTERVIEWS
1730 OPENING CEREMONY
1830 PASTA PARTY
SATURDAY 9TH JULY
0700 IAU TRAIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
1800 CLOSING CEREMONY / AWARDS FOR IAU TRAIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
SUNDAY 10TH JULY / MONDAY 11TH JULY
TRANSPORT OF ATHLETES TO GALWAY CITY FOR DEPARTURE