What is Adventure Racing?

Quest Adventure races normally take place on a single day and consist of various routes where you will run, cycling and kayak from start to finish. Most of our events have 3 routes, broken down as ‘Challenge’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Expert’.  These increase in distance and difficulty and many people who start with a ‘Challenge’ will find themselves wanting to progress to ‘Sport’ and so on.  Preparing and training for an adventure race is a great way to get fit and get outdoors.
Here’s some more information about our events;

  • Anyone can do an adventure race – if you are fit enough to run 10km then you are fit enough for a Challenge route at least
  • You don’t need a kayak, we provide this and you don’t need lots of experience on one
  • You don’t need a special mountain bike; a road bike is good as all the routes are on sealed roads
  • You don’t need to read a map or compass on the event, the routes are sign-posted and marshaled
  • It’s not a triathlon, you don’t need loads of expensive gadgets or to shave your legs!
  • As the kayak is only 1km, most people who do our events say it’s the most fun part
  • You’re on a double sit-on kayak so you’ll share the effort with someone else and it’s usually it’s over in a flash – just about enough time to soak in the amazing scenery


We believe there are many reasons to try adventure racing, including;

  • Epic locations – we have very high standards for where we run our events which will include striking scenery and challenging routes
  • It’s fun – you will get a massive buzz from completing these events – you may even catch the adventure racing ‘bug’
  • The afterparty – our finish lines are like no other, once you get your massage, had your dip in the hot tub, had some food you can choose to chill or party on
  • Personal challenge – many people have done a cycle or a running event, adventure racing offers a different sense of satisfaction, you may have a stronger discipline and this can make it all the more interesting
  • Health/lifestyle – in choosing to exercise and train you are making a conscious positive decision in relation to your health and lifestyle, by having a goal to aim for you are more likely to stay disciplined in your training
  • Meet other likeminded people – our events bring people from all over Ireland and internationally, we’ve even had some couples emerge from our events, watch this space for the first Quest wedding!

What we do

Our promise to you is that we’ll bring you on a journey. We’ll find the most epic environments in the world, and create the most challenging, scenic race routes across them. We’ll push you forward, support you and take you on an adventure.

Upcoming Adventure Races




12 Beara

28 August 2021

Quest 12 Beara is a new, one-day individual unsupported adventure race across the uncharted territory of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork.


Killarney October

Cancelled for 2021

An epic adventure where you'll run, cycle and kayak through terrain as inspiring as it is challenging, with a choice of 4 routes.



30 October 2021

Run, cycle and kayak across 3 challenging routes in the Wicklow Mountains National Park to Glendalough Valley. Choose from 57km Expert, 41km Sport or 19km Challenge.


Quest Kenmare


Quest Kenmare, an epic adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way featuring the amazing mountains of the Beara Peninsula and boutique charm of Kenmare Town.




Quest 12/24 is a 12 & 24 hour unsupported adventure race across Ireland’s highest mountains and the South West toughest cycle routes.


Lough Derg


Race around some of Ireland’s most iconic waterways, kayak on the majestic Lough Derg, run on the banks of the mighty Shannon and cycle through country roads, quaint villages and sprawling forests.