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Could you break the Irish record for how far you can throw a Christmas tree?

Today is your day.

ARE YOU LOOKING to get rid of your Christmas tree? What about throwing it away – literally.

The fifth annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place in Co Clare today.

The championship, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and is commonplace across Germany and Austria, will see people competing to achieve the longest distance for throwing a standard 1.5-metre tree.

The world record is currently held by Klaus Pubnaz in Germany. He hurled a tree 12 metres at an event there five years ago.

The last two Irish winners share the Irish Record after throwing their trees a distance of 10.2 metres.

This year’s winner will once again receive the Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship trophy while proceeds raised will go towards the West Clare Mini-Marathon Cancer Centre.

The event is organised by Clare County Council in conjunction with Active Ennis Sports and Leisure Facilities. General Manager with Active Ennis Sports and Leisure Facilities, Tim Forde, said:

“This event has grown in popularity year on year since it was first held in 2012. Last year, more than 250 people had a go at becoming the latest Christmas Tree Throwing Champion and we are once again inviting people to come along to Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park to take part. As well as being a novel way to turn Christmas tree recycling into a sport, this annual event will raise funds for a local charity.”

The Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place on Sunday, 3 January 2016, between 1pm and 3pm at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park, Ennis, Co Clare.

Read: Pics: Winner of Ireland’s Christmas Tree Throwing Championship revealed>

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