This year the popular adventure race is expected to welcome 2,500 participants to Killarney.
Each year the race has gone from strength to strength and attracts adventure enthusiasts from around the world.
Elite Events Race Organiser, Lisa Daly, said, “The Killarney Adventure Race is now the biggest event of its kind in the world and was voted Ireland’s best outdoor event in 2014.”
“Killarney Adventure Race takes places in some of Ireland’s most remote and iconic locations including the Gap of Dunloe, Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park. Competitors can embrace the unspoilt beauty and breath taking scenery of the mountains, valleys and lakes,” Ms Daly told the
The race is organised by an events company based in Killarney called Elite Event Management who started the Killarney Adventure Race five years ago with 500 participants.
Race Director, Oliver Kirwan, said “the race takes months of planning and the team here at Elite Events Management are a young innovated group who are passionate about the outdoors.”
“The race would not have been possible without the help of the people of Killarney, the National Parks, sponsors, marshals and the Civil Defence over the years,” he said.
Whether it’s the challenging 70km route or the simpler 27km route you’re looking for, you don’t have to be a hardened grizzly adventurer to take part as there is something to suit all levels of fitness with five routes to chose from and two new routes added just this year.
The different routes on offer are a 27km Sport route, 48km Dual route, with no kayak for those who’d prefer stay out of the water, 50km Semi Pro route, 60km Pro route and the 70km Expert route.
“The new challenging 50km Semi-Pro route encompasses the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Muckross Lake and the competitors will ascend the world famous Torc Waterfall steps while enjoying panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park. The 48km Dual route is similar to the 50km route but without the kayaking,” said Ms Daly.
The 70km route consists of a 7km mountain run up and over Strickeen mountain, a fast downhill 35km cycle with sharp corners, a 1.5 km kayak around Muckross Lake, a 19km run of Mangerton Mountain ascending to the Devil’s Punchbowl, 50 metres from the summit of Mangerton Mountain and a final a short 6km cycle to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel.
The 70km expert route includes stunning views of Carrantuohill, the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls Gap, the Lakes of Killarney, the Eagle’s Nest and Purple mountain.
The 60km route consists of five stages. A 7km run up and over Strickeen mountain, a 35km cycle with breathtaking views around every corner, a 1.5km kayak around Muckross Lake, a 9km run ascending to viewing point at Barr na Currane and a final short 6km cycle to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel.
This route includes stunning views of Carrantuohill, the Gap of Dunloe, the Lakes of Killarney and Purple mountain.
The 50km consists of four stages. A 35km cycle through the Gap of Dunloe, a 1km kayak around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake, an 8km run up to viewing point at Barr na Currane and a final short 6km cycle to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel.
The 48km route consists of a 35km cycle through the Gap of Dunloe, a 7km forest track run up to a viewing point at Barr na Currane and a final short 6km cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel.
The 27km route consists of four stages. An 11k cycle starting at the Gleneagle Hotel takes participants along a cycle route around Muckross House in Killarney National Park, a 1.5 km kayak around Muckross Lake, an 8km forest run including the ascend of the famous ‘Cardiac Steps’ and a final short 6km cycle to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel.
Local Coucillor, John Joe Culloty, said, "Killarney Adventure Race brings a huge boost to the town at a time in the year where hotels and guest houses would normally be quieter."
"We are very lucky in Killarney, firstly, for the natural beauty, as we are blessed with our beautiful mountains and lakes, and also our National Park, which borders the town," he said.
The buzz and excitement is building in Killarney on the weeks leading up to the adventure race and the trails in Killarney National Park are busy with people training for the big day.
“On the morning of the race the atmosphere is like Croke Park during the Football All-Ireland final. It’s electric. Participants arrive to the start line full of excitement, nerves, anticipation and adrenaline,” said Ms Daly.
“After a challenging race, competitors and spectators can enjoy the festival like atmosphere, music, food, kid’s adventure race and after party in the Gleneagle Hotel,” she said.
According to Councillor John Joe Culloty, another major factor which makes events such as Killarney Adventure Race so attractive to Killarney is the great sense of spirit of volunteerism.
"Having participated in this event in the past, I am well aware of the numbers of people required and the amount of work involved in organising this event," he told the
"This Adventure Race fits into what Killarney is about and I would like to wish the organisers and the participants the very best for the weekend," he said.
There are just 65 places remaining in this year’s Killarney Adventure Race and those who wish to participate are advised to register as soon as possible.
For registration, further route information, important race day information and available accommodation in Killarney, visit the Killarney Adventure Race website.
Folow @KillarneyAR on Twitter and Killarney Adventure Race on Facebook for updates in the lead up to race day.
Make Killarney Adventure Race your challenge to conquer this year. Best of luck to all participants on October 3rd.