Grin and Bear it! Kilkenny man leads Irish team in World’s Toughest Race
KILKENNY man Rob Heffernan will captain Team Ireland as they take part in the World’s Toughest Race, which gets underway today and is hosted by TV survivalist Bear Grylls.
Rob will lead fellow Irish endurance athletes Ivan Park, Rachel Nolan, Jason Black and Mark Lattanzi as they pit their physical strength and mental toughness against 59 other teams from across the world.
The teams will race non-stop, 24 hours a day, across hundreds of miles of rugged backcountry terrain complete with mountains, jungles and oceans.
A spokesperson for the show summed up the gruelling challenge Rob and his team will face. “Teams will race non-stop, 24 hours a day, across hundreds of miles of rugged backcountry terrain complete with mountains, jungles and oceans. Each race team is comprised of four competitors, including at least one member of the opposite sex, and one assistant crew-member that will be helping their team from base camp.
“Each team will race under a single country flag while making their way through some of the most impenetrable terrain Fiji has to offer.”
The event gets underway today and runs until September 25. It will be available to watch on the Amazon Prime streaming service in 2020.