Wicklow to host International Trail Running Event: Ecotrail

County Wicklow is to become the 10th destination to host the Irish Ecotrail Event. On Saturday September the 28th 2019, Bray seafront will be the start and finish line of what will be an epic International Trail Running Event. Wicklow is to welcome Trail Runners from around the world to experience Wicklow’s amazing sceneries offering the challenge of four different trail distances: 17km, 27km, 42km and 80km!

The trails will take participants to some of Wicklow’s most scenic locations including Bray Head, Killruddery Gardens, The Great Sugarloaf, Powerscourt Waterfall, the Wicklow Way, Lough Tay viewing point and Piers Gate and all the way to Roundwood and the Vartry Reservoir. “This event will be a truly scenic feast” says Fred Verdier from Wicklow County Tourism. “Exceptionally for that event, Killruddery and Powerscourt have opened their back-door to enhance the experience. Any running enthusiast should have this event on their ‘must do’ list”. While the long distances are probably for the experienced trail runners, the 17 and 27k routes are ideal for road runners that want to have a try at trail running.

Ecotrail was first organised in Paris ten years ago with the objective to connect the city with the outdoors with a stunning finish on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Ecotrail comes with a very strong eco-responsible ethos and each event is committed to reduce litter, minimise environmental impact and promote public transport. The Ecotrail concept has been recreated around various cities in Europe and is now held in Reykjavik, Oslo, Stockholm, Brussels, Geneva, Florence, Madrid and Funchal (Madeira).

“The concept of Ecotrail offers a truly international exposure and is ideal to promote the the Wicklow Outdoors brand” says Frank Curran, CEO of Wicklow County Council. “The platform will give Wicklow twelve months on constant exposure through the various Ecotrail events held around Europe. Furthermore, the Eco-friendly concepts fits perfectly to our destination.”

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Wicklow into the Ecotrail family” adds Jean Charles Perrin, Ecotrail founder and CEO of Ecotrail International. “Trail Running is one of the fastest-growing sport in the world, and Wicklow is a fantastic addition to our destinations. Having seen the beauty of Wicklow late last year, Ecotrail Wicklow might just become one of our most popular events.”
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