‘Letterkenny Legends’ prove they have the right stuff for Germany’s most demanding obstacle course

By Conor Sharkey

A team of five hardy Letterkenny natives have braved the winter chill to complete Germany’s most brutal assault course.

‘Getting Tough The Race’ covers 24 kilometres of terrain with around 150 obstacles standing in the way of those who choose to face the challenge.


This year attracted approximately 3,500 participants from across the world, all aiming to conquer the military-style minefield of hurdles.

Getting Tough The Race 2023, held in Letterkenny’s twin town of Rudolstadt, was made all the more difficult by the weather which plummeted to minus five degrees.

But the icy blast failed to deter Luca Villamajna, Karol Kerrane, Eoin Parkinson, Enda Kerrane and Cian Mulligan – collectively known as the ‘Letterkenny Legends’ – who turned out to look the mental and physical feat of endurance straight in the eye.

Karol Kerrane runs the Letterkenny Pub in Rudolstadt. He said the goal for everyone was to get around the gruelling course without injury.

“The 24km cross-country winter run included ice cold water exposure, several hundred metres of elevation and all in temperatures of minus five degrees celsius.

“It was a great team effort which saw all team members finish the race without injury which was our ultimate goal.”

Rudolstadt has been the twin town of Letterkenny since 2018 and all of the ‘Letterkenny Legends’ team members are currently living, or have lived, in the town in recent years.


“As you can see from the photo the team was well kitted out for the extreme conditions. Cian Mulligan was obviously the most photographed athlete at the entire event,” added Karol.

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