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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:

83K Expert,
73K Pro,
55k Sport,
65K Dual,
27K Mini

Registration is now open for Quest Adventure Series 2018. This event has sold out 2 months in advance, in previous years.

Bracket Price Online Registration
Charge
National
Park Fee
Standard Entry Price: Challenge €80.00 €5.50 €2
Standard Entry Price: Expert & Sport €85.00 €5.50 €2
Launch Special: 1 Week, standard price – €10 €70/75.00 €5.50 €2
Early Bird Price: Challenge €75.00 €5.50 €2
Early Bird Price: Sport / Expert €80.00 €5.50 €2
Early Bird Vald Until Date 31-01-2018 €5.50 €2
Season Ticket €290.00 x 4 events €10.00 €6

 

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

Route Breakdown

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 14km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town to Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Terrain: Sealed road

Features: Participants will experience a new element of traversing Killarney town with a scenic, engaging ride through Fossa and up into the Gap of Dunloe.

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 6.5km

Description: Starting at the base of the McGillycuddy Reeks this stage will take you through a tough steep bog mountain trail up and over Strickeen mountain.

Terrain: Hill trail & heathen bog.

Features: Stunning views of Carrantuohill, the Gap of Dunloe, the Lakes of Killarney and Purple mountain.

Stage 3: Road Bike – 36.5K

Description: Pick your bike up at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and start this amazing cycle with breathtaking views around every corner. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel and potholes.

Features: The Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls gap, ladies view, Lakes of Killarney and the eagles nest to name a few.

Stage 4: Run – 0.8km

Description: You will run less than a km at transition to Dundag and the kayak stage.

Stage 5: Kayak – 1km

Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own Kayaks they must use provided double sit on top Kayaks & paddles. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times.

Stage 6: Mangerton Mountain – 18.8km

Description: Starting by going under a 250 year old tunnel under the road, competitors will ascend to Torc Waterfall and follow forest tracks to the base of Mangerton. From here a mountain track leads to the Devil’s Punchbowl, 50 metres from the summit of Mangerton Mountain.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track, mountain track.

Features: From the summit you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney and as far as Kenmare Bay.

Precautions: The ascent up the final 50m to the summit of Mangerton is a steep rock incline and competitors must follow the marked route.

Cut off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of Mangerton Mountain by 2pm will not be allowed to continue up to the summit.

Stage 7: Road Cycle – 5.5km

Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland’s largest Oak forest.

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 14km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town to Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Terrain: Sealed road

Features: New for 2017 participants will experience a new element of traversing Killarney town with a scenic, engaging ride through Fossa and up into the Gap of Dunloe.

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 6.5km

Description: Starting at the base of the McGillycuddy Reeks this stage will take you through a tough steep bog mountain trail up and over Strickeen mountain.

Terrain: Hill trail & heathen bog.

Features: Stunning views of Carrantuohill, the Gap of Dunloe, the Lakes of Killarney and Purple mountain.

Stage 3: Road Bike – 36.5km

Description: Pick your bike up at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and start this amazing cycle with breathtaking views around every corner. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel and potholes.

Features: The Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls gap, ladies view, Lakes of Killarney and the eagles nest to name a few.

Stage 4: Kayak – 1km

Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own Kayaks they must use provided double sit on top Kayaks & paddles. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times.

Stage 5: Trail Run – 9km

Description: Starting by going under a 250 year old tunnel under the road, competitors will ascend to Torc Waterfall and the old Kenmare Road, taking a left off the Old Kenmare Road and following a forest trail to a viewing point at Barr na Currane. The 9km distance includes 1km run up and back to the Kayak stage.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

Features: From the viewing point you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney.

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Cut off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of the forest trail by 4pm will not be allowed to continue up to Barr na Currane.

Stage 6: Road Cycle – 5.5km

Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland’s largest Oak forest.

The race consists of the following 4 stages:

Stage 1: Road Bike – 39km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town past Kate Kearney’s Cottage and on into the Gap of Dunloe, this amazing cycle has breathtaking views around every corner. You’ll continue past Lord Brandon’s and back to Torc. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.

Terrain: 35km sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel and potholes. 4km narrow gravel path.

Precautions: The cycle along the Kerry Way to Lord Brandon’s Cottage is a narrow gravel path. There is no opportunity for overtaking along this section. The roads are not closed and as open to public.

Features: The Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls gap, ladies view and the lakes of Killarney.

Stage 2: Road Bike – 39km

Description: You will run less than a km at transition to Dundag and the kayak stage.

Stage 3: Kayak – 0.8km

Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own Kayaks they must use provided double sit on top Kayaks & paddles. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times.

Stage 4: Trail Run – 9km

Description: Starting by going under a 250 year old tunnel under the road, competitors will ascend to Torc Waterfall and the old Kenmare Road, taking a left off the Old Kenmare Road and following a forest trail to a viewing point at Barr na Currane. The 9km distance includes 1km run up and back to the Kayak stage.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

Features: From the viewing point you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney.

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Cut off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of the forest trail by 4pm will not be allowed to continue up to Barr na Currane.

Stage 5: Road Cycle – 5.5km

Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland’s largest Oak forest.

he race consists of the following 3 stages:

Stage 1: Road Bike – 50.5km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town past Kate Kearney’s Cottage and on into the Gap of Dunloe, this amazing cycle has breathtaking views around every corner. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel and potholes.

Features: The Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls gap, ladies view, Lakes of Killarney and the eagles nest to name a few.

Stage 2: Trail Run – 9km

Description: Starting by going under a 250 year old tunnel under the road, competitors will ascend to Torc Waterfall and the old Kenmare Road, taking a left off the Old Kenmare Road and following a forest trail to a viewing point at Barr na Currane.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

Features: From the viewing point you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney.

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Cut off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of the forest trail by 4pm will not be allowed to continue up to Barr na Currane.

Stage 3: Road Cycle – 5.5km

Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland’s largest Oak forest.

Start Location Gleneagle Hotel

The race consists of the following 4 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 11km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel this stage will take you along a cycle route around Muckross House in Killarney National Park.

Terrain: Sealed & gravel road.

Features: Stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney as the Cycle route take you around the lakes.

Stage 2: Run – 0.8km

Description: You will run less than a km at transition to Dundag and the kayak stage.

Stage 3: Kayak – 1km

Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own Kayaks they must use provided double sit on top Kayaks & paddles. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all

Stage 4: Forest Track Run – 8km

Description: Competitors will follow a trail parallel with the Ring of Kerry road. From here, ascend the famous ‘Cardiac Steps’ and follow the trail to the top of Torc Waterfall and back down the old Torc steps to the transition area.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

Features: From various points along the trail you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney.

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Cut-off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of the ‘Cardiac Steps’ by 4pm will not be allowed to continue up the trail.

Stage 5: Road Bike – 6km
Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland’s largest Oak forest.

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

All Competitors:
You must bring your bike with you to the start line in the Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday Morning at your allocated wave time.

VERY IMPORTANT – 65K Dual, 55K Sport, 73K Pro and 83K Expert Route – if you competed previously you will have racked your bike at Kate Kearney’s the night before you DO NOT need to do this this year. You will start on your bike at the Gleneagle hotel on Saturday morning.

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 6th October 2018.

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 atthe Gleneagle Hotel after the event into the evening.

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.

83km Expert
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st
Over 50s 1’s male & female 1st

73km Pro
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st
Over 50s 1’s male & female 1st

65km Dual
Overall male & female 1st

55km Sport

Overall male & female 1st

27km Mini
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
  • TT bikes or bikes fitted with Tri Bars of any type may not be used
  • The Race Director’s decision is final in the event of dispute
  • Competitors must be over 18yrs
  • In the event of inclement weather the organizers 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 5th 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 Sport route there is a section of gravel path. It is advised to go slow on this section.

TT bikes or bikes fitted with Tri Bars of any type may not be used.

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 Marshals 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 will I start?
ALL COMPETITORS AND ROUTES will start from the Gleneagle Hotel, you must be present 20 mins before wave start times.

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 087 6024621.

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.

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.