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Craft Snowman 2024 Craft Snowman Legend (70.3)

Legend Triathlons are our ultimate long-distance races. Often referred to as '70.3', 'Middle Distance' or 'half ironman' distance, our Legend series deliver much more than just miles, they cover some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain that North Wales has to offer.

The Snowman Legend Triathlon is the second in the Adventure Championships series, and can be enjoyed on its own, or as part of the trio of North Wales Triathlons. Starting and finishing at the National Mountain Centre at Plas-y-Brenin, the race explores the stunning surroundings of Llynau Mymbyr lakes, the sweeping Snowdonia mountain roads and the awe-inspiring Ogwen Valley and Moel Siabod. The Snowman Legend Triathlon is undoubtedly the hardest race in the Always Aim High Events calendar; if you're looking for the ultimate challenge in the discipline of Triathlon, this is your event!


04 Aug 2024


Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig


Closing Date: 24.07.2024


Route Description

Begin with a swim in the freshwater of Llynnau Mymbyr under the watchful eye of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). Exit the water and cross the wooden footbridge for the first time into transition.

The Snowman Legend bike route is famous for being one of the best triathlon cycle routes in the World. It takes in most of North Wales' most iconic climbs and routes and is a challenge in its own right. Starting close to the base of Snowdon, flow down the Nant Gwynant Pass and towards Beddgelert. You will meet the Glaslyn River while you cycle alongside the whitewater rapids. Heading over to Maentwrog along the narrow, winding ascents and descents, you will then start your climb to Tan y Grisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog and on up the Crimea pass. The equally steep descent flows down through Dolwyddelan and along the Lledr Valley to Betws Y Coed. Past Betws y Coed and onto Capel Curig. You pass just a hair's breadth from the finish point, but you must first head towards Llyn Ogwen and Bethesda, a town that grew around the slate quarry industry. After negotiating some quick winding bends down towards Bethesda you’ll turn left and start making your way back up the valley on the road known locally as the Roman road, a road which runs along the steep-sided glacial Nant Ffrancon valley. You’ll tackle a steep climb at the end before re-joining the main road at Llyn Ogwen once more. From here it’s a nice gentle open road all the way back to Plas y Brenin and transition. This is an exceptionally stunning route, dwarfed in its entirety by two of Snowdonia’s mountain ranges; the Carneddau and the Glyderau.

There is a reason that the Snowman Triathlon regularly gets called the toughest multi-terrain triathlon in the UK. That’s because to complete this race you must first summit a mountain - but not before you have run 12km out and back down the stunning Nant Ffrancon Valley with the formidable rocky ridge of Tryfan looking down on you. Don't let this relatively flat section lull you into a false sense of security, Moel Siabod, the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range is waiting for you. Legend athletes must ascend up beautiful, but gruelling rocky paths for 3.5km before reaching the summit at 872m above sea level. Here you will turn around and run back down again. To finish, you must turn right and run through the forest, then back along the fire road towards the lake. The finish line framing Wales' most famous peak, Yr Wyddfa, awaits.


Tier 1

Ends: 03/09/2023

  • £199.99
  • Instalment Plan Available until 1/4/24

Tier 2

Ends: 21/07/2024

  • £224.99
  • Instalment Plan Available until 1/5/24

Tier 3

Ends: 01/08/2024

  • £249.99

Important Information

Minimum Age


Wave Start Times


Cut Off Times

Compulsory Kit


Closing Date: 24.07.2024


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Final Instructions

Will be sent out and available to download 1 week before the event.

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