July 2012: Ultra running athletes have never received any financial support from Athletics Ireland, the national athletics body. The development of the sport to the highest international standards until 2012 was funded by Polar Running Adventures via sponsorship of UltraRunning Ireland international athletes and competitions.
Polar Running Adventures organises the North Pole Marathon and Antarctic Ice Marathon and its sponsorship included financing the 2010 World 50km Trophy Final in Galway and the 2011 Trail World Championships in Connemara. Polar Running Adventures additionally financed the hosting of the 2009 Anglo Celtic Plate (Home Nations) 100km in Galway.
Among the additional substantial sponsorships received from Polar Running Adventures since 2006 were the funding of athletes & support crew to travel and participate in the following championships:
2007 Trail World Championships (USA)
2009 Trail World Championships (France)
2011 Trail World Championships (Ireland)
2006 World 100km Championships (South Korea)
2007 World 100km Championships (Netherlands)
2009 World 100km Championships (Belgium)
2010 World 100km Championships (Gibraltar)
2011 World 100km Championships (Netherlands)
2012 World 100km Championships (Italy)
2006 World 24 Hour Championships (Taiwan)
2007 World 24 Hour Championships (Canada)
2008 World 24 Hour Championships (South Korea)
2009 World 24 Hour Championships (Italy)
2010 World 24 Hour Championships (France)
HOME NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS
2007 Anglo Celtic Plate 100km (Scotland)
2009 Anglo Celtic Plate 100km (Ireland)
2011 Anglo Celtic Plate 100km (Scotland)
2012 Anglo Celtic Plate 100km (Wales)
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