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The Maamturks Challenge was the brainchild of NUIG Mountaineering Club Captain Jane Watts and Tony Whild in 1975. This year is the 41st Maamturks Challenge.
The Maamturks Challenge is a 24km mountain challenge open to the public that is organized voluntarily by NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. 200 participants complete the Challenge in 8-11 hours, commencing at 05:00. NUIG Mountaineering Club has a team of up to 40 volunteers involved who play an integral part in the successful running of the event. The route is covered by 11 checkpoints, 8 checkpoints on the hills and 3 Finish Points.
The walk covers 24.3 kilometres over tough, mountainous terrain and with a total ascent over the course of the walk of 2336 meters. It begins at the base of Corcóg, between Maam and Maam Cross and finishes in Leenane.
More Information: http://www.nuigmc.com/maamturks/