QUEST KILLARNEY OCTOBER RACE INFO

Embark on a physically gruelling journey and be part of the Quest Killarney Adventure Race.

We’ll take you on an demanding adventure through the rugged landscapes of Killarney, and then you can recover at the Quest After Party with your fellow adventurers.
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What is Quest Killarney?
Quest Killarney 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 5 challenging routes:

75K Expert,
65K Pro,
55k Sport,
52K Daul,
27K Mini

Where, When, How Much?

When
7th of Otcober

Where
Killarney National Park

How much:

Registration is now open for 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 Killarney 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 Coach Time Gleneagle Hotel Approx Start
Wave 1 75km Expert Elite/Runner 07.00 07.30
Wave 2 65km Pro Elite/Runner 07.30 08.00
Wave 3 75km Expert Runner/Jogger 08.00 08.30
Wave 4 65km Pro Runner/Jogger 08.30 09.00
Wave 5 65km Pro Runner/Jogger 09.00 09.30
Wave 6 52km Dual No Kayak 09.30 10.00
Wave 7 55km Sport Elite/Runner 10.00 10.30
Wave 8 55km Sport Runner/Jogger 10.30 11.00
Wave 9 55km Sport Runner/Jogger 11.00 11.30
Wave 10 27km Mini Elite/ Runner     – 09.30
Wave 11 27km Mini Runner/Jogger     – 10.00
Wave 12 27km Mini Runner/Jogger 10.20
Wave 13 27km Mini Runner/Jogger 12.00
Wave 14 27km Mini Runner/Jogger 12.30

*Please note all waves times are subject to change.

Before the Race
Pre-event online registration
After you register online or by post you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive a text message with your race number(irish mobile numbers only) the week of the event. Please bring your a copy of your confirmation email or your text with race number to registration on Friday the 6th October in order to collect your race pack a between 16.00 and 22.00.

 

The Adventure Expo will be held at the INEC at The Gleneagle Hotel Muckross Road, Killarney.

Your race pack includes:
– Timing dibber
– Race map
– Bib number
– Bike sticker

52K Daul, 55K Sport, 65K Pro and 70K Expert Route Competitors:
Have to drive to the new transition area at Dunloe Golf Club 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 Dunloe Golf Club.

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

You cannot register on the morning of the race. All competitors must be registered at Gleneagle before 22.00 on Friday 6th October 2017.

Race Start
Saturday 7th October 2017.

The race starts in staggered groups of 150 people. You can select a time to start the race from 7.00am to 12.30pm depending on which race distance you are taking part in.

After the Race
Finish line
The race will finish in the grounds of the Gleneagle 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 a in the Gleneagle Hotel from 8pm ’til late.

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

Prizes

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

75km Expert
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st
Over 50s 1’s male & female 1st

65km Pro
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st
Over 50s 1’s male & female 1st

55km Semi-Pro

Overall male & female 1st

52km Dual
Overall male & female 1st

27km Sport
Overall male & female 1st

One prize per entrant.

Prize sponsors:
Winners in all categories will receive vouchers from sponsors and Free Entries into the 2018 Race.

 

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 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
  • Competitor’s must enter the Elite 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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Race?
You can registration for the race online. There are limited places available so register now not to be disappointed.

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?
You must collect your race pack on Friday the 6th October from 16.00 to 22.00 at the INEC Killarney (Gleneagle Hotel).

Can I register on Saturday morning before the race?
No. Only registered on Friday will be allowed to take part in the race

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. Please note on the 55km route 8km of the cycle is on a gravel path. It is advised to go slow on this section.

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 Transition area
– Kayak Transition are

Where must I rack my bike?
There are 3 separate bike racking areas depending on the route you do.

75k Expert & 65k Pro – Rack bike at Kate Kearneys Cottage on Friday 6th October (The bike will be placed on a secure bike racking system and will be monitored by security all night)

55k Semi- Pro & Dual- Dunloe Cottage on Friday 6th October (The bike will be placed on a secure bike racking system and will be monitored by security all night)

27K Sport- 20mins before wave start times at the Gleneagle Hotel

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.

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 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 Killarney if I have any more questions?
Feel free to contact us with any questions by emailing info@eliteevents.ie or call Ollie on 087 602 4621

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.

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 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.
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