Upcoming Events

  1. Gaelforce Dublin Adventure Race

    Gaelforce – Dublin

    February 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  2. TheRace.ie Donegal

    The Race – Donegal

    March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018
  3. q-kenmare

    Quest – Kenmare

    March 10, 2018
  4. extreme_north

    Shore 2 Summit – 2018

    April 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Quest Glendalough

    Quest – Glendalough ’18

    April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Off The Bloom 2018

By | August 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the 18th of August this year, Offaly will host it's only multi-sport adventure race. Set in the picturesque village of Kinnitty at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the splendid grounds of the renowned Kinnitty Castle will provide the backdrop to the start and finish of the inaugural Off The Bloom Adventure Race. (Final [...]

Gaelforce West Ultra

By | June 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FIRST THERE WAS GAELFORCE WEST AND IT WAS THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE. NOW THERE IS GAELFORCE WEST ULTRA. THERE IS A NEW ULTIMATE. MOUNTAIN RUNNING AND CYCLING 154KM Mountain running and cycling through the toughest routes in Connemara and Mayo over a distance of 154km, this is an endurance challenge that may break you and rebuild you [...]

Gaelforce – West

By | June 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

NEW DATE SAME INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE SUMMER 2018 STARTS ON JUNE 23rd ICONIC ADVENTURE RACE THROUGH BREATHTAKING SCENERY The route takes you from Glassilaun beach in Co. Galway to the heritage town of Westport, Co Mayo. TRAIL AND MOUNTAIN RUNNING OR WALKING; CYCLING AND KAYAKING Always varied, never boring - the terrain includes mountain scree, bogland, trails, [...]

Gaelforce – Connemara Adventure Challenge

By | May 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SPRINT DISTANCE ADVENTURE RACE IN A STUNNING LOCATION Looking to test your training or even cross the line for the first time in an adventure race? This is the ideal event for you. Sprint distance means you have nothing to fear yet you will still be tested. STAND-ALONE SPRINT RACE Unique event with only one distance [...]

Gaelforce – Dublin

By | February 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Urban meets rural in Spring 2018 as Gaelforce brings an adventure race to Dublin. Based in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, 20 minutes from the city center, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of our capital with amazing views from Kippure mountain. There are 2 courses to choose from, depending on your fitness [...]

The Inside Track – Westport Sea 2 Summit

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

All roads head west this weekend for Sea 2 Summit, the final event of the Adventure Racing calendar for 2017!!! Sea2Summit has 2 routes, the longer Supreme route and the shorter Spirit route. Both routes are fast and for the most part on sealed road (except for the Croagh Patrick section). The first and last [...]

Race Review – SCAR – by Bernard Smyth

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With Cork suffering the worst of the effects from hurricane Ophelia, there was a big doubt over SCAR actually going ahead this year. An email from the organisers after the storm indicated that roads were blocked, 50+ trees down and a real danger that, if held on the original date, more trees or debris from [...]

Ann Horan’s Toughest Quest

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Earlier this week I bumped into a jubilant podium placer in the Ladies Expert Race in Quest Killarney, Ann Horan. She had just come in third in the longest of  the courses. Previous to that, we briefly met after Quest Achill where Ann placed fourth. She seemed in extra high spirits this time around and as [...]

Gaelforce – North

By | September 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MAGNIFICENT DONEGAL – NEVER DULL ALWAYS A CHALLENGE. WILL IT CONQUER YOU?  NEW DATE SAME RACE. NOW YOU HAVE THE SUMMER TO TRAIN. NO EXCUSES. 64KM FULL & 45KM SPRINTCOURSES SPANNING WILDEST DONEGAL The route takes you from the stark peaks of Glenveagh National Park via Mount Errigal to the sweeping beaches of Bunbeg. TRAIL AND [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Barry Dempsey

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The likelihood is that you have come across our next Competitor to go under the Spotlight. And the likelihood is that he will have had his camera out making the most of the awesome scenery. But don't mistake him for a photographer, this year he completed his 7th GaelForce West. He doesn't do things by [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Bernard Smyth

By | September 6th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This weeks Competitor Spotlight is about a man who has an awesome job. Part of this job is getting people in tip top shape for Adventure Racing. He is regularly seen bringing hordes of adventures to races. He is good at his job. He is not bad at racing either ;) I give you Bernard [...]

Gaelforce – Womens Adventure Race Wicklow

By | August 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WOMEN'S ADV RACE WICKLOW 19 AUGUST 2017 SORRY LADS. THIS ONE IS ALSO JUST FOR THE LADIES. FEEL LIKE A SECOND CHANCE? Did you take the July women’s race in Galway by storm and you want that feeling back again? Or maybe you missed that one and really want the chance to show how amazing you [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Paul Kelly – Racing to Make a Difference!

By | August 15th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This weeks Competitor Spotlight is a little different than our usual spotlight. Paul Kelly, a relative newcomer to the Adventure Racing scene, took up running only 4 years and has come a long way since those first faithful steps. The work he is doing simply cannot go unnoticed. It's a subject that sadly is coming [...]

Off The Bloom – Race Review

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Off The Bloom Adventure Race – Sport Course A last minute opportunity to take part in the Off The Bloom adventure race popped up on Friday evening and I jumped at it, and was I glad I did...it’s a cracking event which is sure to only grow and grow. I packed up the car Saturday [...]

The Cavan Kayakarun

By | August 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHAT Multi-sport adventure race through the spectacular rolling Drumlin hills in County Cavan, Ireland. The event includes running/walking on mainly country roads, kayaking either on a sit-on-top or sit-in kayak (kayaks supplied or bring your own) and cycling  on tarmac suitable for any type of bike. WHERE Gallonray House, Maudabawn, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.GPS co-ordinates: N 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362 [...]

Off The Bloom

By | August 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the 12th of August this year, Offaly will host its first multi-sport adventure race. Set in the picturesque village of Kinnitty at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the splendid grounds of the renowned Kinnitty Castle will provide the backdrop to the start and finish of the inaugural Off The Bloom Adventure Race. Over [...]

Red Bull 400 – That’ll get the blood pumpin’

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Our man Padraig O'Connor flew the Irish Flag on the RedBull 400 Challenge... And here is how it went down or Up in this case!!!   I stood in the starting area, 75 other competitors beside me of every age and nationality…and all looking a lot fitter then me and like they knew what they were doing, [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Owen Fletcher

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 15 - Owen Fletcher. A couple of weeks back, we held a draw for 2 pairs of Columbia Montrails runners and one of winners pretty much photo-documented himself trialing them out. Some of the imagery was stunning & some was quite funny. Part of the prize was a free entry to [...]

Gaelforce – Womens Adventure Race Galway

By | July 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BACK OFF BOYS. THIS ONE IS JUST FOR THE LADIES. TIME OUT We thought you might like to have some time out with the girls so that is exactly what we have created. Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunties and friends, that includes all of you. THE PERFECT RACE Designed by the women of the Gaelforce Team [...]

Moxie Adventure Race – Race Review

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last weekend, at Moxie, I took the plunge in the world of the expert distance races with the big hitters of adventure racing. Well it's safe to say I wont be jostling for podium positions there. This route was called the Moxie Pro (53km route) and it lived up to the billing... Moxie noun [...]

The Inside Track – Moxie Adventure Race

By | July 12th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With days to go, the nerves are beginning to tingle and the planning has started. Bike checks, weather checks, water and carb loading...Check out this handy guide... Usually we would get the event organizers to do a quick preview but this time we got a past competitor and friend of Kayathlon.ie, Margaret Erwin if she could break the "sport" [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Ciara O’Neill

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 15. There was 25 minutes to go before registration for Gaelforce West was closing. I saw someone parking up in a packed car park just outside the registration office and there was just enough space for myself to get squeeze in behind. In unison, we both hoped out of our vehicles, exchanged a [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Nigel McCord

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 14. It has been a while but the competitor spotlight is back and we have a few beauties lined up. First up, is a man from Carlow who saw the craic his mates were having Adventure racing and said he would have some of that...and has looked back since. I give [...]

Gaelforce – West

By | June 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

NEW DATE SAME INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE SUMMER 2017 STARTS ON JUNE 24TH ICONIC ADVENTURE RACE THROUGH BREATHTAKING SCENERY The route takes you from Glassilaun beach in Co. Galway to the heritage town of Westport, Co Mayo. TRAIL AND MOUNTAIN RUNNING OR WALKING; CYCLING AND KAYAKING Always varied, never boring - the terrain includes mountain scree, bogland, trails, [...]

The Inside Track – Gaelforce West

By | June 17th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Alas the iconic Gaelforce West is almost upon us. For some, this is one of the first adventure races they have taken part in. Certainly one of the most demanding. A course that pulls no punches. Measured at an impressive 67km, which takes in, amongst other things, a scramble up Croagh Patrick, many consider this not a race [...]

Kayathlon hits a few milestones

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Media Broadcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the weekend Kayathlon.ie reached a few milestones. We made it to 6 months and our Facebook following reached 1,111. I would like to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your support and following. You have been immense.  You guys make it all worth while. We have made great friends [...]

ROAD TRIP!!!

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Adventure races, are designed to push you beyond your comfort zone. And that's not just your physical comfort zone. Also your geographical comfort zone. For most one of the best parts of racing is the road trip. You get to go to the most remote & beautiful parts of the country. For some, it's a [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Barry Cronin

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 11. Ever wondered what it takes to dine at the top table of Adventure Racing. To be regularly spotted in podium position photo. Well Barry Cronin, has taken the time out of his hectic schedule to let us know what he does in order to "Deliver the goods" each time (cryptic). [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Lucy Pye

By | May 19th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 10. This weeks spotlight moves to the Mourne county...Co. Down. Lucy Pye. Now a  regular on the Adventure Race circuit, Lucy is a self confessed outdoorsy nut, some one who just cant sit still. A perfect recipe for multi-sport racing...And lets just say the rest is history :) How old are you? [...]

The Importance of….Doing your Race Research!

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

Doing your race home work could be the making and breaking of you! Especially if its your first time competing in that race. Let me elaborate on that. Adventure/multi-sport races are about endurance. Spreading your energy levels out. So not knowing what is around the corner could be the undoing of you. I have seen first [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Mark Young

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 9. This weeks spotlights moves to the rebel county...Cork. Mark Young, who is clocking up events nicely, goes under the light next... Enjoy :) What is your name? Mark Young How old are you? 37 Where are you from? Near Bandon in West Cork What got you into Adventure/Multi-sport racing? What [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Greg Dillon (audio)

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Listen to Our Podcast With Endurance FM Since the site was launched back in early January, I have been shining a spotlight on competitors (of all levels/standards) and it has been a great success. But in doing so, I have been asked each and every time when will I put myself under the spotlight. So [...]

Half Marathon Mick – Earns His Stripes

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did Half-Marathon Mick become a true Half-Marathon veteran last weekend? Yes I did! After three months of gruelling training, 60 sweat-filled kilometers worth of races, and enough preand-post-race fry-ups, Weetabix, bananas, soups and sandwiches to fill the hungry belly of a sumo wrestler, I finally tore across the line and snatched up the all-important Half-Marathon [...]

Gaelforce – Connemara Adventure Challenge

By | May 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SPRINT DISTANCE ADVENTURE RACE IN A STUNNING LOCATION The perfect training race for the more experienced. The ideal introduction to adventure racing for the first timer STAND-ALONE SPRINT RACE Unique event with only one distance for all competitors. ADVENTURE DUATHLON - 29KM Stay on dry land – same superb course just no kayaking. TRAIL AND MOUNTAIN RUNNING [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Margaret Erwin

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 7. Our next competitor to go under the spotlight is our first lady to do so. Margaret "Mags" Erwin. She is an all action, straight talking, self professed chatterbox with a zest for life! Enjoy :) What is your name? Margaret Erwin..(Mags) You should never ask a lady her age…but if [...]

20 Top Race Tips

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

With The Blackstairs Adventure Race, Clare Island Adventure Race & Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge fast approaching, it's important you will not be left wanting at the starting line. Check out these 20 tips to help you make the most of your day!       1. Gear Up If you are a [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Padraig O’Connor

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 6. Our next competitor to go under the spotlight approached me at Quest Glendalough last Saturday out of the hustle and bustle of excited racers doing last minute checks, warm ups and carb intakes. From answering race query online earlier in the week, Padraig spotted my branded kayathlon.ie base layer top and came [...]

Kayaking for Adventure Racers – Getting On-board by Mike Jones

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Kayaking, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Getting on-board This is the first in a series of blogs to help build your confidence and skills around the one bit of the race you probably haven’t trained for! That’s OK though I am sure you have been kayaking before on a school tour or on a summer camp and you ran across the boats [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Outdoorsy Guy…Ciarán McCann

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 5. With Quest Glendalough looming, I began to research actual footage of trails of Wicklow on Youtube and came across a channel by a fella called "Outdoorsy Guy". Turns out he is an Irish guy who has done a good few races on the circuit. Really worthwhile checking his channel out. Some [...]

The Story of Liam Delahunty – Prepare to be Inspired!

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every once in a while a story comes along that makes you stop and think. A story that puts your own stuff into perspective. This story I talk about is the story of an Irish man. But not just any man. A man who wants to be in charge of his own destiny despite the odds. [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Shane Flannery

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 4. So recently, Kayathlon.ie teamed up with Killary Gaelforce to run a competition to win a couple of free entries to Gaelforce Connemara on the 6th of May. From our hat, we pulled out the name of Shane Flannery. It transpires that Shane is doing a wee little challenge called the [...]

Half Marathon Mick’s Training Diary – Week 2

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi all, Half-Marathon Mick here. Week 2 of my training diary or log or whatever you might like to call it. The first of my races kick off this weekend with the Castleconnell 10K down in Limerick. I’ve clocked up several good long runs over the last week in preparation. The routes have consisted of [...]

Introducing Mike Jones, Our New Blogger

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Kayaking, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Introducing Mike Jones Adventurer, Our New Blogger. I mentioned a while back that our blog would soon be joined by a man who frankly encapsulates the adventurous spirit. If you were to ask anyone who knows Mike, of his whereabouts, they would point you in the direction of the water, a mountain or something that involves [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Denis O’Sullivan

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 2. I was up on our Instagram page and my eyes were drawn towards a picture of huge hoard of Adventure Race medals. They belonged to a guy called Denis O'Sullivan.  To say I was impressed was an understatement...there was definite medal envy in there too. And as if big brother was watching, [...]

Gaelforce – Mountain Run

By | March 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CONQUER THE WILDS OF CONNEMARA UNIQUE ACCESS TO UNMARKED MOUNTAINS WITH 3 DISTANCES Special access has been granted to this stunning route by local landowners making it an amazing opportunity for mountain running 1. 22KM EXPERT MOUNTAIN RUN 2. 12KM INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN RUN Challenging terrain throughout with steep ascents and descents. Before entering either of these [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Jonathan O’Meara

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The site has been live now for 2 months and we have been banging on about how good Adventure/Multi-sport racing.  So we have decided to call on other racers to give their opinions and why its so great. First up is Jonathan O'Meara. Jonathan, in 2015 made the leap from the ranks of triathlon to Adventure racing. Since then, [...]

Introducing Half Marathon Mick

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi all, Half-Marathon Mick here with the first of hopefully many blog posts charting my leap into the world of competitive running. I nailed down long-distance running as a New Year’s Resolution back in the first fresh week of January. It’s so far so good as I’ve kept my feet off of the comfy couch and [...]

Cue the Montage Music

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Was just getting ready last night for a run in the stormy weather, in preparation for Quest Glendalough on April 8th, I reached for my mp3 player and thought to myself what will I use tonight to help get me around...and I dug up this gem...The Rocky Soundtrack. What a classic. One, for me, that has [...]

Bad Weather…Storm Doris, is that all you have got?

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke earlier than usual this morning. I could hear the gale flexing its muscle outside. #StormDoris was not in a very good mood. I hadn't planned on doing anything physical this morning as I have a couple of things on and was planning to get out later in the day. So I went back to the [...]

Hill Running in the City

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Running, Training, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently posted a blog called Conquer Your Everest which discussed the importance of trail/hill training in preparation for a race. A couple emails filtered through about having no access to hills and looking for an alternative. So in response, read on :)While having access to hills obviously is an advantage, its not essential. If you live [...]

Conquer Your Everest

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

They say ignorance is bliss, "they" never did a multi-sport race.  So if you have just completed your first race last Saturday in Killary GaelForce Dublin and are probably thinking to yourself, I wouldn't mind doing that again but are wondering what would you do differently next time to better yourself. That's what went through my [...]

The Calm After the Gael

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Race Review, Running|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The first major adventure race of year "Killary Gaelforce Dublin" is complete. If it was your first, I suspect you are both buzzing and sore.  You are probably rerunning the events of the race, the cycle, the trek to the summit of Kippure, the kayaking on Blessington and that feeling of crossing the finish line as [...]

Gaelforce – Dublin

By | February 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Urban meets rural in Spring 2017 as Gaelforce brings an adventure race to Dublin. Based in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, 20 minutes from the city center, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of our capital with amazing views from Kippure mountain. There are 2 courses to choose from, depending on your fitness [...]

5 Race Day Mistakes

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So the big day has arrived and you are bursting the traps trying to get out and own that mountain...well take note of the following pointers to avoid disaster. Every athlete at some stage or another has fallen foul to a couple of these...no matter what level they are at. Rest There is an old Irish [...]

What Do I Need To Get Started…

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Your first steps into the world of multi-sport/adventure racing may be daunting but fear not. I will admit when I first decided I was going to give it a go, I was intimidated, not least by the race itself, the training involved to get me up to speed but from a financial side of things. What [...]