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With people always searching for their next fitness challenge, there’s never been a better solution than the emerging format of adventure racing – a one-day event comprising running, cycling and kayaking.We know what you’re thinking; all of that in one day? There’s no way I can do that! However, we’re here to put you at ease; adventure racing is accessible for anyone and if you can run more than 10km, you can do this!

Here’s the top reasons why we should see you on the start line in 2020

  1. UNLIMITED LEVELS OF SPIRIT AND SUPPORT

Quest adventure races are simply about having fun and soaking up the unique atmosphere of the day with your friends and fellow participants. Whether you’re graduating through the route lengths, beating your PB, or just spending time with your friends, everyone is united on race day.

At the finish line, you’ll find family, friends, food, drink, Japanese hot tubs, customised t-shirts and much more as well as plenty of other Quest participants ready to celebrate their great personal achievement.

  1. IT’S A PERFECT WEEKEND AWAY WITH FRIENDS

While Quest does have its elite racers, many competitors are there for the experience and the sense of accomplishment of completing the event.

This means that often people tackle the course in small groups and take the opportunity to spend the weekend with friends in one of the epic locations where they take place. The events give you the chance to compete at your own pace with friends and take in some of the best scenery that Ireland has to offer.

  1. IT’S GREAT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Experienced Quest racer Moire O’Sullivan is a shining example of this. Before her first child, she embraced a very active lifestyle but as her pregnancy advanced and her fitness levels dropped, she needed something to aim for to fight off the post-natal blues. After seeing photos of a friend participating in an adventure race on Facebook, Moire signed up for her first Quest event in 2014 and has since become hooked and fits training for adventure racing around looking after her two children.

“Getting some exercise in daily, whether it is biking or running, gives me time out to be just me and helps me be a better mum once I get back home,” said Moire. “My kids see me being active, which means that it is totally natural for them to be active as well.”

  1. IT’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Adventure racing provides fitness enthusiasts with the opportunity to tackle a new challenge, with kayaking adding a fun element to complete the race.

Most Quest participants report that kayaking is the most fun element of the race and with it being a relatively short experience, it’s a matter of jumping aboard and seeing what you can do. Kayak hire is included as part of the entry fee.

  1. IT’S THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT PLACES YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE

Quest events take place in epic locations, chosen to inspire and challenge you, our 2020 series comprises of: Quest Kenmare 7th March, Quest Glendalough 4th April, Quest Wales 20th June, Quest Sligo 22nd August, Quest Lough Derg 12th September and Quest Killarney 10th October 2020. You can register for our events here