QUEST GLENDALOUGH RACE INFO

Test your physical ability in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough Valley. Join us on a journey and do things you didn’t think you were capable of.
What is Quest Glendalough?

Quest Glendalough is a one-day multi adventure sport race and is part of Quest Adventure Series Ireland. The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across the spectacular mountains, valleys and lakes of Wicklow. Choose from 3 challenging routes, in one of the most epic location in Ireland- Mini 19km, Sport 41km and the Expert 57km.

Be part of the best adventure race series in the world. You’ve never done anything like this before.

Where, When, How Much?

When
8th of April

Where
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

How much:

Registration is now open for the Quest Adventure Series 2017. This event has sold out 2 months in advance, in previous years.

Race Date Early Bird Standard Register Now
Quest Killarney Mar 18th Mar €80 (Valid 01.12.16) €85 Register Now >>
Quest Glendalough 8th April €85 Register Now >>
Quest Achill 9th Sept €80 (Valid 01.04.17) €85 Register Now >>
Quest Killarney (Oct) 7th Oct €80 (Valid 01.05.17) €85 Register Now >>
Quest Season Pass €305 Register Now >>

*Please note €7 online booking registration fee applies to each event. In addition a €2 National Park fee is charged for the upkeep and maintenance of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Registration fees include:
– Customised finishers medal
– Customised event tec t-shirt
– The famous Japanese hot tubs at the finish line
– Prizes in all categories
– Massage at finish line
– Free after party and food voucher.
– Kayak rental
– A great atmosphere and a fun day out
– Fully marshalled course

 

Waves and Categories
Wave Route Category Time Start
Wave 1 57K Expert Elite/Runner 08.00
Wave 2 57K Expert Runner/Jogger 08.15
Wave 3 41K Sport Elite/Runner 09.00
Wave 4 41K Sport Runner/Jogger 09.15
Wave 5 41K Sport Runner/Jogger 09.30
Wave 6 41K Sport Runner/Jogger 09.45
Wave 7 19K Mini Runner/Jogger 10.00

*Please note all waves times are subject to change.

Before the Race

Pre-event online registration
All competitors must register online before the race. There is no registration on the day of the event.

Race Pack Collection

All competitors must collect their race pack in one of the following locations:
–Thursday 6th April, 12pm to 6pm – The Great Outdoors, Chatham St, Dublin
–Friday 7th April, 4pm to 10pm – The Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Wicklow
–There is no facility to collect race pack on the morning of the race

At registration please present the text message containing your race number, which you will receive a few days before the race. If you do not receive a text please bring the e-mail confirmation you received, when you registered online.

Your race pack includes:

– Timing dibber
– Race map
– Bib number
– Bike sticker

Race Start
All competitors will start at the Laragh GAA pitch. Your mandatory kit list will be checked before the race. If you do not have the required mandatory kit you will not be allowed to partake in the race.

Wave Route Category Time Start
Wave 1 57K Expert Elite/Runner 08.00
Wave 2 57K Expert Runner/Jogger 08.15
Wave 3 41K Sport Elite/Runner 09.00
Wave 4 41K Sport Runner/Jogger 09.15
Wave 5 41K Sport Runner/Jogger 09.30
Wave 6 41K Sport Runner/Jogger 09.45
Wave 7 19K Mini Runner/Jogger 10.00
After the Race

Finish line
The race will finish in the grounds of the Glendalough Hotel. There will be massage facilities, hot tubs and hot food for all participants.

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 will take place outside the Glendalough Hotel from 2pm.

Car parking
You will be directed towards the dedicated event carpark at Laragh GAA and soccer pitches by marshals and Gardaí. Please note that there is no parking at Glendalough visitor centre, the Upper Lake carpark and the Glendalough Hotel area. We encourage you to car pool.

 

Prizes

57km Expert
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st
Over 50s 1’s male & female 1st

41km sport
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st
Over 50s 1’s male & female 1st

19km Mini
Overall male & female 1st

Prize sponsors:

Winners in all categories will receive outdoor products and vouchers from our sponsors.

 

Race Rules and Guidelines
  • Once entered no refunds, transfers or credit can be offered for cancellations for the events
  • 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 our 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 the closest race marshall
  • Competitor’s must enter the Elite wave or the first wave to win the overall category prizes
  • The Race Director’s decision is final
  • Competitors must be over 18yrs
  • In the event of inclement weather the organisers have the right to alter the route on the day of the event

 

Environmental Rules & Policy

Glendalough 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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Race?
You can registration for the race online. There are limited places available. Register early to guarantee your place.

What does the registration fee include:
– Customised finishers medal
– Customised event tec t-shirt
– Kayak rental
– The famous Japanese hot tubs at the finish line
– Prizes in all categories
– Massage at finish line
– Free after party and food voucher.
– A great atmosphere and a fun day out
– Fully marshalled course

When do I collect my race pack and rack my bike?
All competitors must collect their race pack in one of the following locations:
Thursday 6th April – The Great Outdoors, Chatham St, Dublin
Friday 7th April – The Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Wicklow
There is no facility to collect your race pack on the morning of the race

Can I register my bike on Saturday morning before the race?
Yes. All participants must bring their bikes to start line on Saturday morning. Your bike does not need to be racked the night before for Quest Glendalough.

What type bike should I use?
The choice of bike is an individual choice. The most suitable bike would be a road bike with Gator Skin tyres and least suitable would be a Mountain Bike.

Do I need any specialist equipment?
Apart from the basics (bike, running shoes, mandatory kit) you do not need any specialist equipment. We will provide you with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid.

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 and will be refill only. You will be required to bring water with you for the duration of the race.

Who provides my Kayak?
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.

Where are the time out sections?
There is only one time out section on the route. The only time out zone where competitors can be timed out is while waiting for a kayak. The maximum amount of time allowed in the time out zone is 15 minutes. You can only be timed out if you are waiting for a kayak.

Can I compete in the race as a team?
No.

How can I contact Quest Glendalough if I have any more questions?
Feel free to contact us with any questions by emailing info@eliteevents.ie or call the Quest Team on 087 6024621

Can I listen to my iPod/music 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.

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 helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
  • Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  • Suitable footwear.
  • Backpack or bum bag.
  • All kit will be checked before the race.

How much does it cost to enter?

Race Date Early Bird Standard Register Now
Quest Killarney (Mar) 18th Mar €80 (Valid 01.12.16) €85 Register Now >>
Quest Glendalough 8th April €85 Register Now >>
Quest Achill 9th Sept €80 (Valid 01.04.17) €85 Register Now >>
Quest Killarney (Oct) 7th Oct €80 (Valid 01.05.17) €85 Register Now >>
Quest Season Pass €305 Register Now >>

 

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 helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
  • Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  • Suitable footwear.
  • Backpack or bum bag.
  • All kit will be checked before the race.

 

Bike Rental

Please email info@biking.ie or phone Leo on 083 434 6992 from www.biking.ie to arrange your bike rental, helmet and repair kit, including delivery to Glendalough.

Cost: €50 Road Bike, €35 hybrid and €45 for MTB

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