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Dragon's Back

Quick facts

Location Conwy, United Kingdom

Distance Ultra marathon

About Dragon's Back

Compact but geologically diverse, Wales offers myriad opportunities for escaping into nature. It may not be wild in the classic sense – humans have been shaping this land for millennia – but there are plenty of lonely corners to explore, lurking behind mountains, within river valleys and along surf-battered cliffs. An extensive network of paths makes Wales a hiker’s paradise – and thousands of people duck across the border from England each year for that reason alone. Things are even more untamed on the islands scattered just off the coast, some of which are important wildlife sanctuaries. This is Wales, home to the Dragon’s Back Race.

The legendary Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from north to south. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 16,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.

The original Dragon’s Back Race™ happened in September 1992, and ever since it has been whispered about with a mixture of awe and trepidation. Its reputation had reached legendary status with fell, mountain and ultra runners the world over by September 2012 when the second race took place. With a third race in 2015, the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ is respected internationally for both its bulletproof organisation and ‘toughest mountain race’ status.


Dragon's Back

  • 321.868km



Accommodation for competitors will be in Berghaus Air 8 tents.

After Race Services

Celebratory meal on the last night of the race.

Award Medals

The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ trophy will be awarded to the man and woman with the fastest cumulative time over the 5 days. All finishers will receive a miniature replica of the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ trophy.

Maximum Time

23 hrs per day.


Competitors will be given three options: Park in at the southern end of the race (venue to be confirmed) and get a bus to Conwy on Sunday 21st May before the start of the race Park in Conwy (the northern end of the race) and get a bus to Conwy on Saturday 27th May after the race has finished.


Unlimited breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening meals are provided for competitors.


Digital SPORTident timing


Competitors’ overnight kit will be transported to the overnight camp by the organizers.

Dragon's Back Route Map

Dragon's Back Route Map


Conwy Castle



Carreg Cennen Castle



 The route takes its inspiration from the original 1992 Dragon’s Back Race™. The optimum route is approximately 300km with 16,000m of height gain across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.