What is the Killarney Adventure Race?

The Killarney Adventure Race is a one day multi adventure sport race.

This race gives competitors the chance to run, hike, cycle and kayak some of the most dramatic, breathtaking and remote scenery in the world.

There are 3 different routes options to suit all levels of fitness:

killarney adventure race 27km killarney adventure race 60km killarney adventure race 70km

You can enter either as an individual or as a 2/3/4 person relay team.

Where, when, how much?

When:

Saturday 4th October 2014

Where:

Killarney Co. Kerry

How Much:

Expert & Pro courses: €85 (plus online registration fee)
Sport course: €75 (plus online registration fee)
2/3/4 person relay team €55 per person (Plus online registration fee)

Registration fees includes:
  • Customised finishers medal
  • Helly Hansen base layer
  • The famous Japanese hot tubs at the finish line
  • Prizes in all categories
  • Massage at finish line
  • Free post race party and BBQ
  • Hot bowl of soup at finish line
  • Kayak rental
  • Bus transfer to start line
  • A great atmosphere and a fun day out
  • Fully marshalled course
  • Goodie Bag

How do I register?

There are 2 ways to register:

- Online - more info >>

- By Post - more info >>

 

Online and postal registration closes as soon as the maximum number of entries have been reached. This event has sold out for the last 2 years. Please register early to guarantee your place.

The online registration system accepts all major credit, laser & debit cards.

Training Plans

This year's training plans are prepared by Ireland's top adventure racer, Avril Copeland. Avril has competed at the highest level in international multi-day adventure races, is also a qualified Physiotherapist and has a degree in exercise science.



Before the Race

Base Camp Registration

After you register on line or by post you will receive a confirmation e-mail that you will need to print off and bring to the base camp on Friday the 3rd of October in order to collect your race pack and register your bike between 14.00 and 23.00.

Base camp is located at the located at the INEC on the Muckross Road, Killarney. This is the location of the adventure expo.

Your race pack includes:

  • Detailed route & race information
  • Race number & pins
  • Timing dibber
  • Teck T-shirt
  • Bike sticker & number

60K Pro and 70K Expert Route Competitors: Have to drive to the transition area at Kate Kearneys Cottage to drop off their bikes and leave them there over night. Security will be provided at this location. You must, attach your bike sticker to your bike and leave your bike & helmet at your allocated spot on the secure bike racking in Kate Kearney's Cottage.

27K Route Competitors: Do not have to bring their bikes to the transition area in Kate Kearneys Cottage. You must bring your bike with you to the start line in the Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday Morning at your allocated wave time.

You cannot register on the morning of the race. All competitors must be registered at base camp before 23.00 on Friday 3rd October 2014.

The Morning of the Race

60K Pro and 70K Expert Competitors

Registered competitors will arrive at the Gleneagle Hotel between 7.00am and 10.00am to be transported by coach to the start line.

You will be given a wave time the week leading up to the race. This is the time you will get the coach form the Gleneagle Hotel to the start line at Kate Kearney's Cottage not the time the race starts.

There will be a staggered start i.e competitors will start in groups of 100, 30 minutes apart. Parking is restricted in the Gleneagle Hotel and competitors are advised to walk from their overnight accommodation to the start line or get dropped off at the Gleneagle.

Competitors will arrive ready to race with your dibber timing chip and race number attached.

60K Pro and 70K Expert Competitors Start line

The start line is approximately 20 minutes bus journey from the Gleneagle Hotel at the foothills of the McGillycuddy Reeks.

Competitors must walk approximately 500 meters from the bus drop off point to the start line.

There will be toilet facilities at the bus drop off point.

All competitors must engage their dibber at the bus drop off point before the race starts.

The Race will start in waves of 100 people.

27Km Competitors

All 27Km route competitors must register in the INEC Killarney on Friday the 3rd of October.

27K route competitors do not need to rack their bikes over night at the transition area.

27Km route competitors must come to the Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday the 4th of October and rack up their bikes and attend the safety briefing before the race starts.

You will start in staggered waves at the Gleneagle Hotel

Waves & Categories

What is a Wave Time?

The race starts in staggered groups of 100 people. You can select a time to start the race from 7.00am to 11.00am depending on which race distance you are taking part in.

Selecting a Wave Time

When registering online please choose a wave time that best suits you fitness ability and your choice of route. You will not be able to change your wave time.

Elite Wave

Enter this category if you think you have a chance of winning the race or are an experienced adventure racer. You can only win a prize if you are entered in this category.

60K Pro & 70K Expert Start Times

Please select a wave time that enables you to complete the course before the cut off times. If you are walking the route please select an earlier wave time to allow you time to complete the route. Your wave time is the time you get the bus in the Gleneagle Hotel to the start time not the time the race starts. Your race will start at aprox 40mins after your wave time.

27K Wave Start Times

Please select a wave time that enables you to complete the course before the cut off times. If you are walking the route please select an earlier wave time to allow you time to complete the route. Your wave time is the time you must come to the Gleneagle Hotel to the attend the safety briefing.

Prizes

Prize Categories

70km Expert Mangerton Route overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 70km Expert Mangerton Mountain Route male & female 1st
Over 40s 60km Pro Torc Mountain Route male & female: 1st
Over 50s 70km Expert Mangerton Mountain Route male & female 1st
Over 50s 60km Pto Torc Mountain Route male & female: 1st
25Km Short route male & female: 1st
Relay team: First team across the line
Team prize: Best 4 combined times (all 4 must team members must complete the long course).

Spot prizes to be announced closer to the day of the race.

One prize per entrant.

Prize sponsors:

Winners in all categories will receive Helly Hansen gear, Kerry Outdoor Sports vouchers, O'Sullivan Cycles vouchers and Free Entries into the 2013 Race.

The main category winners will receive an Helly Hansen Voucher for €500

Competitors nust enter the Elite wave to win the overall category prizes.

killarney adventure race prizes

Relay Team Information

Relay Team Information

You can enter a 2/3/4 person relay team in the race. All members of the relay team will be involved in the race from the start to finish.

There is no relay option for the 27Km route. This option is only available for the 60Km Pro & 70Km Expert Routes.

Before the race:

All relay team members must collect their race packs together at The INEC Killarney on Friday the 3rd of October.

Each relay team will receive one race number and timing chip.

All relay team members will receive a finisher's medal and custom made race t-shirt.

Each relay team members must carry the mandatory kit at all times.

You must decide before the race who will be doing each stage of the race.

Race day:

All relay team members must come to the Gleneagle Hotel at the allocated wave time. There will be a wave start especially for all the relay teams. A bus will transfer all relay team member to the start line.

Your 1st relay team member will start the race with the timing chip and race number.

Other team members can see of the 1st team member at the start line.

After the race starts the remaining team members will be transported to the 1st transition area at Kate Kearney's to wait for your 1st team member to come in.

The Race number and timing chip will them be transferred in the Bike transition area to the 2nd member of the relay team. Your 2nd team member will then complete the 2nd stage of the route on the bike.

We will then transfer your 1st team member and the remaining team member to the 2nd transition area at Torc Waterfall.

Team members can then wait at this transition to transfer the number and timing chip for the team members who are completing the Kayak stage, mountain run stage and final bike stages of the route.

Remaining members can then walk to the finish line where they can see the final member of the team cross the finish line and all team members will then receive a medal and post race refreshments.

Rules

  • Mandatory Kit must be worn or carried as appropriate and as specified.
  • There are no road closures for the cycling routes competitors must follow the road traffic laws.
  • All competitors must follow the prescribed route.
  • Checkpoints must be visited in the correct order.
  • Obey the environmental policy. Any competitor found littering by race marshals or fellow competitors can be reported and disqualified.
  • Respect the local environment.
  • Assist any persons who are in difficulty and report it to closest race marshall.
  • Competitors nust enter the Elite wave to win the overall category prizes.
  • The Race Director's decision is final
Mandatory Kit List

This is an adventure race. There will not be marshalls around every corner and medical assistance might take a while to get to you so it is vital that all competitors bring the following mandatory kit list with them from the start.

  • Basic First Aid Kit (Min: 1 x Dressing Pad (field dressing), Bandage, Plasters.
  • Map of the route (included in your race pack)
  • Survival blanket and whistle.
  • Appropriate food and drink. There will be limited water re-filling points on the course.
  • Cycle hat, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
  • Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  • Suitable footwear.
  • Backpack or bum bag.

All kit will be checked at Friday night base camp registration.

Environmental Policy

Killarney is one of the most spectacular locations in the world. The course encompasses areas of special conservation, national park and environmental sensitive bog and woodland. It is the objective of all competitors to leave it the way they find it and ensure adventure racing is a environmentally sustainable sport.

We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to hold the race in the national park and we are sure it will be one of the elements of the event you will remember.

We aim to minimize the impact the race has on residents and families in the proximity of the race route. We appreciate fully their cooperation in the running of the event.

It is of paramount importance that all competitors respect the following environmental policy:

  • Competitors must keep to the defined route and do not take short cuts.
  • Any competitors found littering will be automatically disqualified.
  • Respect the environment.

After the Race

Finish line

The race will finish in the grounds of the Gleneagle Hotel. There will be massage facilities and hot and cold tubs.

Bike collection

Competitors can collect their bikes from the secure bike racking area when they present their race bib number which will correspond with their bike sticker number.

Race after-Party

The official after party, prize giving and free BBQ will take place a in the Gleneagle Hotel Backstage Bar from 6pm 'til late. The Prize giving will take place at 8pm.

Car parking

Parking is limited in the Gleneagle Hotel please park your car at your hotel accommodation and walk to the Gleneagle hotel.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Race?

You can registration for the race online or download the postal application form from our web site. There are limited places available so register now not to be disappointed.

Where do I check in my bike on Friday Night?

Your bike can be checked in on Friday the 3rd October from 2.00 to 23.00 at the INEC Killarney (Gleneagle Hotel).

Can I register my bike on Saturday morning before the race?

No. Only bikes registered on Friday will be allowed to take part in the race.

What are the race categories?

There are 4 race categories: Elite, runner, jogger and walker

Which Category should I enter?

Enter the following category which best describes your fitness level:

Elite: Enter this category if you think you have a chance of winning the race or are an experienced adventure racer.

Runner: Enter this category if you have some experience in adventure racing, triathlons and have a good overall level of fitness.

Jogger: Enter this category if you are entering an adventure race for the first time, are involved in a sports club and you have a reasonable level of fitness.

Walker: Enter this category if you plan to walk and completion of the route is your overall aim

When registering online be sure to select your category

What is the distance breakdown? A full breakdown of the route is available here >> What type bike should I use?

The choice of bike is an individual choice. 100% of the cycle route is on sealed country roads of varying quality. The most suitable bike would be a road bike and least suitable would be a Mountain Bike.

Do I need any specialist equipment?

Apart from the basics (bike, helmet, running shoes) you do not need any specialist equipment. We will provide you with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid. A full list of mandatory equipment is available by clicking the 'Rules and Mandatory Kit List' button on the left. Do I have to have any specialist map reading or mountain skill to compete in the race?

No. You will be provided with a map. The route is marked out with signs and race Marshalls will also be on hand along the route.

What is your refund policy?

When entering the event it is part of the terms and conditions that it is a non refundable payment policy.

Is there any water available along the route?

The exact locations of water stops will be highlighted on the map given to you at registration. You will be required to bring water with you on you for the duration of the race. There will be water available at:
- Torc Waterfall
- Base of Mangerton Mountain
- Finish line

Who provides my Kayaks?

The event organisers will provide all kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aid. Competitors will not be allowed to bring their own kayaks due to the remote location of the kayak stage.

Do I need my own kayak, buoyancy aid or paddle?

No. The event organisers will provide all kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aid. Competitors will not be allowed to bring their own Kayaks due to the remote location of the Kayak stage.

How is the race timed?

Your race time and your progress through each stage is timed using a 'dibber' which is attached to your wrist. We use a system supplied by SportIdent, more information can be found on their web site www.sportident.co.uk

Where are the time out sections?

There is only one time out section on the route. Between stage 2 and stage three there is a time out zone where competitors can be timed out while waiting for a kayak. The maximum amount of time allowed in the time out zone is 15 minutes.

Can I compete in the race as a team?

Yes, you can compete the race an individual or as a 2/3/4 person relay team. When registering online you can enter a team name and the quickest cumulative 4 times from any team will win a prize.

What can I leave with my bike at base camp?

You must leave your bike at base camp on Friday night in Kate Kearney's Cottage. The bike will be placed on a secure bike racking system and will be monitored by security all night. You can leave your helmet, water, energy bars with your bike. All other mandatory Kit must be brought to the start line.

How can I contact Killarney Adventure Race if I have any more questions?

Feel free to contact us with any questions by e-mail: info@killarneyadventurerace.ie or call Ollie on 087 6024621

Can I listen to my iPod during the race?

No. It is extremely dangerous to listen to music whilst cycling as the roads are not closed and are open to local traffic.

How much does it cost to enter?

Long courses: €85 (plus online registration fee) Short Course: €75 (Plus online registration fee) 2/3/4 person relay team €50 per person (Plus online registration fee)

Do I have to wait for my partner at the kayak section?

You can wait in the time out zone for maximum of 15 minutes. There will be other people in the kayak section who have no partner so you might have to kayak this section with them as your partner on the double sit on top kayaks.

Can I raise money for charity?

Yes. We encourage everybody to raise money for charity.

What Items are included in the mandatory kit?

It is vital that all competitors bring the following mandatory kit list with them from the start.

  • Basic First Aid Kit (Min: 1 x Dressing Pad (field dressing), Bandage, Plasters.
  • Map of the route (included in your race pack).
  • Survival blanket and whistle.
  • Appropriate food and drink. There will be limited water re-filling points on the course.
  • Cycle hat, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
  • Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  • Suitable footwear.
  • Backpack or bum bag.

All kit will be checked at Friday night base camp registration

Killarney Adventure Race bike rental

How it works

1. Bike rental is now booked out, we are not able to facilitate any more bike rental due to unprecedented demand.

2. You must collect your bike on Friday the 3rd October at the Adventure Race Expo located at the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney.

3. At the Expo our bike mechanics will fit the bike for you and make sure you are comfortable with the bike.

4. The bike will then be transported by us to the start line and it will be waiting for you at the transition area.

5. The bike rental includes: Suitable bike, bike pump & spare tube.

6. You must bring your own bike helmet as this is part of the Mandatory Kit list.

7. When you finish the race you can leave the bike at the transition area and our team will take it from you.

8. The cost of Bike Rental is: €30 for the Hybrid bike suitable for the short route. €45 for the road bikes suitable for the longer routes. This must be paid for on collection at the expo.

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