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Now in its 5th year, the Clare Island Adventure Race 2017 is set to take place on Saturday, 29th April over the May bank Holiday.

While you’re primary focus in on the race, let’s first take a look at the island itself and why you should participate in this race and immerse yourself in Clare Island.

The race starts and after party begins at Go Explore Hostel & Sailor’s Bar which offers single beds in en-suite dorms or rooms of 6 or 8 which can be booked by groups. The bed night rate is €24 per person including a light breakfast. Visit www.goexplorehostel.ie for more info or call 098 26307 to make a reservation.

The Race

This event will appeal to both experienced and novice adventure racers. There are two options. First for the experienced racer. The full course will be the perfect warm-up race for a busy season ahead. With the climb of Knockmore, this race is no picnic and will present a serious challenge even to seasoned adventurers. For those who might not be back in shape after the winter – or for beginners – the Spirit Race omits the climb of Knockmore, and has a shorter cycle, making it very doable although still reasonably challenging. It is also very affordable at just €45 for the full race and €35 for the shorter race.

THE COURSE  (Start time: 1.00pm)

Breakdown of Full Race distances:

  • Run – 5 km
  • Cycle – 13.6 km
  • Run / Climb – 5 km
  • Dash to finish – 0.5 km (incl. beach obstacle course)
  • Total – 24.10 km

Breakdown of Spirit Race distances:

  • Run – 5 km
  • Cycle – 9.5 km
  • Dash to finish – 0.5 km (incl. beach obstacle course)
  • Total – 15 km

Stage 1 – Capnagower / Fawnglass loop run (5 km)

Start at Go Explore Hostel & run along tarmac road with a small piece of green road, wet in areas, and back to hostel.

Stage 2 – The Gravel Pit cycle (5.5 km)                                  

Start at Go Explore Hostel & cycle along tarmac road to the gravel pit situated at the foot of Knockmore.

Stage 3 – The Knockmore Mountain climb (5 km)

Start at Gravel Pit & run along green road for 1km before beginning the mountain climb from circa 100m to 460m and back down the same way to the Gravel Pit.

Stage 4 – The Church Gate cycle (8.1 km)              

Start at Gravel Pit & cycle along tarmac roads through the Church Gate and along the westerly side of the island to complete the Clare Island circuit & back to the harbour.

Stage 5 – Walk the Plank / Beach Challenge / Dash to the Finish (0.5 km)   

Run from the bike drop off to the old pier where you walk the plank off the pier into the water and swim / wade back to the beach (swim / wade less than 15m). Navigate through the beach activities before the final 200m dash to the hostel and the finish. (Note – All participants can bypass “Walk the Plank” however this will result in a 2 minute penalty).


  • Guide Map (provided by organisers at registration)
  • Energy food and drink
  • Cycle gear: bike, bike tool kit, puncture repair kit and cycle helmet*
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy walking / running shoes with good grip essential

* This is the mandatory cycling kit and can be left with your bike in the transition. ALL other mandatory kit MUST be carried with you during the race.


  • Timing carried out by Core Timing
  • BIKE – All of the bike section of the race is on tarmac roads however some of the roads are in disrepair with some areas having grass growing on the road. There are some very steep ascents and descents on route with some sharp turns immediately at the foot of some steep descents. It is an absolute necessity to have excellent brakes and tyres with excellent grip. Off road bike is reccomended.
  • The run / climb sections of the race bring you through some of the most beautiful countryside in the country with spectacular views spanning the entire Clew Bay area from the Killary Fjord, Mweelrea Mountain, Croagh Patrick, Westport, Mulranny and Achill Island.
  • Any person found littering will be immediately disqualified.
  • Caution: Always obey the rules of the road. Watch the road for markings of areas of special risk (please note that these markings do not identify all areas of risk). Wear suitable shoes for downhill, wet, off road conditions.
  • Competitors must check in with the marshal at each transition point identified on the map.
  • This event will become part of a calendar of race events throughout the year on Clare Island. Please remain up to date on upcoming events by liking Clare Island Adventures on Facebook.
  • The After-Party is open to competitors and supporters alike. Hosted by the Sailor’s Bar which is gaining a solid reputation as a rocking venue for live music. Starting on this bank holiday weekend – and right throughout the season – live music will be on offer most Friday and Saturday nights. Check www.clareisland.info to stay up to date on acts as they are booked.

Entry Fee:

  • Full Race: €45.00 excl booking fee
  • Spirit Race: €35.00 excl booking fee

Fee includes:

  • Return ferry transfer to and from Clare Island (for pre-registered entrants only)
  • Race entrance fee
  • Race prizes
  • Map with pre-marked transition areas
  • Post event food
  • Race safety cover & stewards

Registration on the day opens at 11.30am, but pre-registration is advised – save time, stress and ferry fare!

Pre-register on the link below:

Register For the Clare Island Adventure Race HERE


Male winner of Full Race    =    €100 Portwest voucher

Female winner of Full Race    =    €100 Portwest voucher

Male winner of Spirit Race    =    €60 Portwest voucher

Female winner of Spirit Race    =    €60 Portwest voucher

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