Maamturks Challenge Wins Outdoor Event of the Year

Record Sell Out
January 18, 2017
Promotional Video
March 9, 2017

The Maamturks Challenge, an annual event run by the NUI Galway Mountaineering Club, has

taken home the title of best Outdoor/Adventure Event for 2016 from the Outsider Magazine

Awards. The award was presented last night (Thursday 2nd February) at the Outsider Awards

in the Sugar Club on Dublin’s Leeson Street.

The Maamturks Challenge is organised on a non-profit basis by volunteer students from NUI

Galway, who take time out of their studies to organise and staff this event for the benefit of the

hillwalking community in Ireland, as well as for the local community.

The aim of the Challenge is to complete a traverse of the mountain range of the same name.

Two hundred members of the public line up to complete the 25km walk with an ascent gain of

2500m. The terrain is notoriously rocky and barren, and navigating the ridge in anything less

than ideal conditions can be a gruelling experience. Despite the challenge of the event, it is rare

to only ever participate once. Many participants are drawn back each year as an annual

pilgrimage to meet with friends from around the country.

The Challenge has been running since the 1970’s and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2015

with a special commemorative documentary being produced. The event is run with help from

the Galway Radio Club and the Galway Mountain Rescue Team and brings much business to

the local community in Maam and Leenane.

Many other events competed for the title of Best Event and the club is delighted to be the

recipient of this award. It is a recognition of all the hard work that has gone into the event over

the years. With the growing participation in outdoor events in recent years, popularity for the

Maamturks Challenge has also grown. The demand for places is higher than ever and this year’s

event sold out in about three minutes, faster than either U2 or Ed Sheeran. New improvements

are always being made and the club is determined to continue the hard work for years to come

to hold strong the tradition of this unique event.

This year’s challenge takes place on Saturday 8th April, find put more information on

nuigmc.com/maamturks.

Fionn Delahunty
Fionn Delahunty

Webmaster for the Maamturks Challenge.

Alumni of NUI Galway and previous committee member of the mountaineering club.

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