Quest Adventure Race makes its return to Achill, with participants from all over the world taking part.

The one-day adventure race which will take place on Saturday 9th September has a choice of distances, 18km ‘Mini’, 31km ‘Sport’ and 63km ‘Expert’. These routes combine trail running, cycling and kayaking to give participants an unforgettable experience on Achill Island. Mesmerising scenery, dramatic seascapes, sandy beaches, and the rugged wild Atlantic coastline all make the route an absolutely spectacular event.

Those thinking of undertaking their first adventure race still have time to prepare, the 18km ‘Mini’ route is very achievable. If you can run a 10k you can definitely do this. You can enjoy the camaraderie and the finish – it’s not all about the speed!

Participants will come from as far afield as Germany, the Netherlands and the USA to compete in the event. Members of the Quest Adventure Series team were in Achill this week to launch the event alongside Achill Tourism and highlight the after-event fancy dress party(fancy dress encouraged but optional!).

Sean Molloy, Achill Tourism Manager said, “We had a great response to Quest when it came here in 2016 and we are very much looking forward to another great event this year. We have an extensive calendar of events year-round here in Achill and Quest is one of the unique events that add to all the things you can see and do here on the island. We will be welcoming all the adventure racers in September and making sure to show them a good time while they are here.”

Oliver Kirwan, Race Director said, “We are really looking forward to returning to Achill this September – the event went down a storm last year and we have even more people coming to do the event now. Over 1000 brave adventurers will come to Achill Island to compete in an adrenaline-packed day of adventure to experience the Wild Atlantic Way.  It’s not just for the grizzly hard-core adventurers as there are 3 different routes, 18km, 31km and 63km. There is a route to suit all levels of fitness.

“There is a huge sense of achievement, as for most people adventure races are more about finishing the race rather than speed. We’re also looking forward to the fantastic fancy-dress after party which will take place in Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant with a live band to entertain all competitors for the evening.”

Registration is open now.