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Episode 2 takes place in beautiful Co. Sligo where the families take on the scale of the sand dunes in Strandhill. Two families will be eliminated from the competition.

The 4 family members must scale a 120 metre sand dune carrying 2 buoys, the steep gradient and shifting sands working against them. If the family drop a buoy they must go back to the start.  The clock stops when all 4 family members are at the summit.

In a test of power and endurance Rule the Runway stats with a 500-meter sprint, then the family must pull a 2 tonne plane back 350m, the clock stops when the front wheel of the plane is over the line.

The bottom two families from each time trial face off against the opposing bottom two families in two eliminators in Sligo Airport.

ELIMINATOR: The eliminator starts with a sprint to the reverse crawl ice baths, then it’s a scramble through a cargo net crawl onto the runway where they face a series of over and unders. An inverted wall stands in their way, then it’s onto a 10-foot wall and ending on the Ireland’s Fittest Family signature ramps.  One family in each eliminator  is eliminated

About the series:
This RTÉ One programme, hosted by Mairead Ronan, sees the toughest families in the country take on the most gruelling and physical challenges imaginable. Returning this year to coach the families to victory are Davy Fitzgerald, Anna Geary, Derval O’Rourke and Donncha O’Callaghan. All of the coaches have on title each apart from Anna who has two titles and is gunning for her third.

The competition begins with 15 families in the first episode which is an hour and a half in duration. They will be put through extreme endurance challenges in new locations around the country, from steep sand dunes to airports to Irish bogs and the sheer gradient of Kilternan’s 180 metre Ski slope. Once again all roads lead to Croker where the final will take place and where the four surviving families will battle it out to be crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family 2019.Episode one features three heats in Poolbeg, Dublin alongside three eliminators on Kilternan Ski Slope, Ireland’s largest artificial ski slope.

The Rampage eliminator is unlike any challenge ever undertaken on Ireland’s Fittest Family. Families go head to head on the exhaustingly steep course which is broken by a cargo net crawl, rat tunnels and steel barriers ascending in height followed by an ultimate ramp covered in oil that proves to be an incredible struggle for the families to overcome