New Year’s Day Wellington Race

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Welcome to the wonderful world of the Castlecomer Wellington Race one of the most unusual events in Ireland on the New Year’s calendar. This is the only officially run race where footwear companies of Reebok, Nike and Adidas don’t get a look in. The humble”Wellington boot”gets the place of honour on New Year’s Day in Castlecomer County Kilkenny, Ireland. Since 1981 the race has given great entertainment to thousands of people and raised thousands of euros for local charities. The race itself is a 6km-road race run over a hilly circuit. Many of the runners turn out in fancy dress and it is a great fun day for families. Participants must run in standard wellington boots. The race is preceded by a magnificent and most unusual fancy dress parade. Thousands of people turn out to see the crack.

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