What is the Maamturks Challenge?
The Maamturks Challenge is a 25km mountain challenge open to the public that is organised voluntarily by the members of the University of Galway Mountaineering Club. Over 250 participants complete the Challenge, supported by over 50 students, staff and alumni of the club.
What do our volunteers do?
On the day, volunteers are allocated to the start, checkpoints or finish points along the route of the Challenge. At checkpoints, volunteers record the times of the participant’s arrival at the checkpoint. Volunteers leave Galway on a Friday evening and return on a Sunday morning. Accommodation and transport is provided free of charge by the club. Although participants do need to provide their own food.
What do our volunteers gain?
The Maamturks Challenge is a great practical example of communication, teamwork and problem solving for the CV, being involved in the organisation and running of a large scale event in challenging weather conditions, using radio operations, tracking and monitoring the progress and well being of over 250 participants. It is an awesome conversation starter and an experience that will make you stand out from the crowd.
If you are interested in volunteering for next year’s Maamturks Challenge, chat to any of our committee members. The Club will put a call out following the second semester club trip.