For the first time, Quest adventure series will take place on the banks of Lough Derg on Saturday 14th September 2019. This exciting, brand-new event will see participants start and finish their event in Ballina and run, cycle and kayak their way around Lough Derg taking in locations like Tonn Toinne, Garrykennedy, Ballycuggaran and Moylussa.
There will be three routes to choose from for participants, the 22km ‘Challenge’ route, the 57km ‘Sport’ route and the 69km ‘Expert’ route. There’s a route to suit all levels of ability – by way of a guide for those new to the sport, the level of fitness required to compete in the ‘Challenge’ is similar required to run a 10km race.
Elite Event Management are working with support from Clare County Council, Tipperary County Council and Lough Derg Marketing Group to bring this high-profile event to the area. Director Oliver Kirwan, is already looking forward to this new event, he said “We have some fantastic events across Ireland and we are really pleased to be able to bring the series to Lough Derg. The great thing about these events is that they’re really accessible and we would encourage local people to take a look and see if it’s something they’d like to challenge themselves with. We’ll be bringing more than 1000 adventure racers here in September and we know the local community will put on a great reception as always. We are looking forward to it already!”
Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council and Chairman of Lough Derg Marketing Group said, “We are delighted that Quest is coming to Lough Derg, particularly at a time of year when the tourist season is slowing down. With an estimated 1000 adventure racers expected to attend, this event will boost the Lough Derg economy by an estimated €280,000. These events have a great reputation around the country and we look forward to welcoming adventure racers from around Ireland and abroad to experience all that Lough Derg has to offer for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and culture seekers alike. We look forward to working with the team at Quest to promote and support this event.”
Quest Adventure series has five Irish events in 2019, Quest Kenmare (2nd March), Quest Glendalough (6th April), Quest 12/24 – Sneem & South Kerry (31st August), Quest Lough Derg (14th September) and Quest Killarney (12th October).
Places are now on sale for Quest Lough Derg. For more information visit www.questadventureseries.com/race/quest-lough-derg/