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SCAR stands for Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race.

Our Multi-discipline adventure race takes place in and around the breathtaking beauty and rugged environs of Skibbereen, Castletownshend, Lough Hyne and the wild Atlantic coastline that defines this stunning part of West Cork and Ireland.

However, there is one important factor that differentiates SCAR from any other event – this event is managed by a special race team on behalf of Skibbereen Lions Club and is a NOT FOR PROFIT event. All race entry fees will be donated 100% TO LOCAL CHARITIES and good causes in the area.

But don’t let this fact lull you into a false sense of security!

SCAR will deliver beginners, intermediates and expert racers a serious challenge that will test and push you to compete and complete a professionally organised and truly memorable course in this unique part of south west Ireland.

What are you waiting for? Earn your SCAR in 2017, experience the wonders of West Cork and help good causes at the same time.

3-Rings-TasterTASTER – – 17 KM

Stage 1 : Forest Trail Run Leg – 4Km

Starting outside main entrance to Liss Ard House you will run through the estates 300 acres of woodlands before re-joining the main avenue to run down to your bike. Terrain: Estate pathways, Forest trails.

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/420539567

Stage 2 : Road Bike Leg – 12Km – 130m Elevation Gain

You mount your bike and begin with a 4Km flat route on national roads before you tackle a 2Km 4% average gradient climb past the golf club and over Ballyala Hill. From here its downhill for 6Km passing the back of Liss Ard to Lake Cross and back to Liss Ard gates where you will drop your bike before dashing up the avenue for 1Km to the finish line and your well deserved individual cheer. Terrain: Generally good to mixed quality surfaced country roads but potholes and gravel can be expected (puncture resistant tyres recommended)

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/427531792

3-Rings-SportSPORT – – 41 KM

Stage 1 : Forest Trail Run Leg 1 – 4Km

Starting outside main entrance to Liss Ard House you will run through the estates 300 acres of woodlands before re-joining the main avenue to run down to your bike. Terrain: Estate pathways, Forest trails.

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/420539567

Stage 2 : Road Bike Leg 1 – 11Km – 160m Elevation Gain

You mount your bike and begin with a 4Km flat route on country roads before you tackle a 1Km 7% average gradient climb up Coom Hill. From here its downhill for 6Km to arrive in the unique surrounds of Europe’s largest saltwater lake, Lough Hyne. Here you will rack your bike for stage 3. Terrain: Generally good to mixed quality surfaced country roads but potholes and gravel can be expected (puncture resistant tyres recommended) Note: The mount/dismount area is 250m from bike racking zone.

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/427531788

Stage 3 : Hill Run Leg 2 – 7Km – 260m Elevation Gain

Having racked your bike this is an amazing run over Knockomagh Woods where via 4.6km of trail, road, and forestry road you will assent to 170m before climbing into the forest proper to trek across the summit for 500m.  While crossing the summit you will meet two spectacular viewing points both at approx. 200m above sea level.  At the second of these look-outs, there is a timing dibber point and an opportunity to pose for photos taking in the magnificent view over Lough Hyne and the ocean.  You must then negotiate the steep decent through forest trail reaching lake level in just 1.4Km.  From the lake-level timing point, you run across the road and down to the Kayak launching pier.

Route Link: (awaiting updated garmin link for this leg)

Stage 4 : Kayak – 1km

This stage will give you a unique opportunity to kayak a 1km course on this Marine Nature Reserve in the safe yet challenging environment of a saltwater lake only 800 mts by 600 mts in surface area but some 52 mts deep at points. From here your last legs will overlap with the other 76Km course.

Stage 5 : Road Bike Leg 2 – 17Km – 280m Elevation Gain

You will mount your bike and get the opportunity to take in the beauty of the lake by circling it and then climbing another 2Km 7% average gradient climb taking in breathtaking coastal views to the Fastnet Rock and once you have made your way through a stretch on 2Km of technical and rough country road you will begin the 13Km sprint along secondary roads back to Liss Ard Estate where after dropping your bike you will have a 1km dash up the estate avenue to the finish line and your well deserved individual cheer. Terrain: Generally good to mixed quality surfaced (except for 2Km poor) country roads but potholes and gravel can be expected. (puncture resistant tyres recommended)

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/427531784

3-Rings-ExpertEXPERT – – 76 KM

Stage 1 : Forest/Road Trail Run Leg 1 – 13Km – 300m Elevation Gain

Starting at the entrance to Castletownshend Castle you will run through the castles 400 acres of woodlands before joining a country road to take you to Rinneen Woods where you will complete a 3Km Trail Loop before rejoining the country roads to complete the 13Km route by running over Caim Hill to Reen in Union Hall Pier. Terrain: Country Roads, Forest trails and some marshy forest ways. Note: The Castle grounds are private and will only be open to competitors on the day of the race.Please respect this fact if you are training on the course prior to the event, and stay out of the castle grounds.

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/432254123

Stage 2 : Kayak – 1Km

From Reen Pier you will kayak back past the Castle to the Boathouse Slip and from here you have a short 200m run to the bike transition area. (subject to weather conditions course may vary)

Stage 3 : Road Bike Leg 1 – 37Km – 620m Elevation Gain

You mount your bike and begin with the first of three 7% average gradient 1Km climbs on this route. The climb takes you out of the village and on a loop through the best of scenic areas in West Cork including Rinneen, Union Hall, Toe Head, and Tragumna, before arriving in the unique surrounds of Europe’s largest saltwater lake, Lough Hyne. Here you will rack your bike for stage 4. Terrain: Generally good to mixed quality surfaced country roads but potholes and gravel can be expected (puncture resistant tyres recommended).
Note: The mount/dismount area is 250m from bike racking zone.

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/427531768

Stage 4 : Hill Run Leg 2 – 7Km – 260m Elevation Gain

Having racked your bike this is an amazing run over Knockomagh Woods where via 4.6km of trail, road, and forestry road you will assent to 170m before climbing into the forest proper to trek across the summit for 500m.  While crossing the summit you will meet two spectacular viewing points both at approx. 200m above sea level.  At the second of these look-outs, there is a timing dibber point and an opportunity to pose for photos taking in the magnificent view over Lough Hyne and the ocean.  You must then negotiate the steep decent through forest trail reaching lake level in just 1.4Km, and returning to lakeside transition zone to collect your bike.

Route Link: (awaiting updated garmin link for this leg)

Stage 5 : Road Bike Leg 2 – 17Km – 280m Elevation Gain

You will mount your bike and get the opportunity to take in the beauty of the lake by circling it and then climbing another 2Km 7% average gradient climb taking in breathtaking coastal views to the Fastnet Rock and once you have made your way through a stretch on 2Km of technical and rough country road you will begin the 13Km sprint along secondary roads back to Liss Ard Estate where after dropping your bike you will have a 1Km dash up the estate avenue to the finish line and your well deserved individual cheer. Terrain: Generally good to mixed quality surfaced (except for 2Km poor) country roads but potholes and gravel can be expected (puncture resistant tyres recommended.

Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/427531784

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REGISTRATION

Taster

Early Bird – to 31st July: €35

Entry Fee: August 1 to October 09: €50

Late Registrations may be accepted after October 09 for an increased

Sport

Early Bird – to 31st July: €50

Entry Fee: August 1 to October 09: €65

Late Registrations may be accepted after October 09 for an increased fee.

Expert

Early Bird – to 31st July: €50

Entry Fee: August 1 to October 09: €65

Late Registrations may be accepted after October 09 for an increased fee.

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The SCAR Team

is made up of members of the Skibbereen & District Lions Club. The Lions Club is a charitable organisation comprised of volunteers from the local community. We organise fundraising events for local, national and international causes, whilst dedicated to the idea that the people who live in a community are in the best position to know what help its community members need and why.

Following on from the success of the 2014, 2015 & 2016 SCAR as well as the Skibbereen Down & Dirty Mud Run and the Skibbereen Glow Run we are making plans for the 2017 Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race, which will take place on Saturday 21st October in Skibbereen.

As with all previous events 100% of the entry fee goes to local charities.

In 2013 we donated over €12,000 to various charities in West Cork, all of which was raised by competitors in the above events. In 2014 SCAR raised over €18,000 and we increased this figure to over €31,000 in 2016. Our goal is to build on the last four years to make SCAR’17 an even bigger success.

SCAR ’17 will be an even bigger and better event with courses available to suit, beginners, intermediate and expert adventure racers. Each course will be fully timed with splits and will all finish in the grounds of the stunning Liss Ard Estate on the outskirts of Skibbereen town.

Whichever course you choose you will be guaranteed to spend a couple of hours running, biking, or kayaking in some of Irelands most scenic environs and this year will see Europe’s largest saltwater lake, and Ireland’s first marine reserve, Lough Hyne, being used for the kayaking section. This will be a truly unique opportunity for the competitors as they get to challenge themselves in this conservation paradise.

The courses will also take you out of Skibbereen and through surrounding villages, such as Union Hall, Castletownshend, and Baltimore as well as tens of kilometers along coastal roads with stunning sea views as far as the famous Fastnet Rock.

If you really want to challenge yourself in the glorious surrounds of West Cork and help charities by knowing that 100% of your race entry fee is being donated to worthy causes then sign up today to take part in SCAR ’17 and let West Cork leave its mark on you next October.

Yours in Racing,

The SCAR  Team