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DISCIPLINE DISTANCES MAKING UP THE 68KM COURSE

  1. Running/walking: 22km approx
  2. Cycling: 45km approx
  3. Kayaking: 1km max

STAGE 1: 13.5KM | RUN | MOSTLY TRAIL & SOME ROAD

The start line is located at Lough Inagh Valley in Connemara. Run between the Maamturks and the 12 Bens in this stunning valley trail run  that will bring you out in the Coillte forests at the back of Killary Adveture Centre.

STAGE  2: 1KM | KAYAK | KILLARY FJORD

Kayak from the southern shore of Killary Fjord to its northern shore in a two-man sit-on-top with the next competitor to you.

STAGE 3: 4KM | RUN | TRAIL & ROAD

Disembarking onto the foothills of Mweelrea, with tufted long grass and boggy holes underfoot. Next on to a laneway and eventually a narrow road leading you into the Delphi Valley.

STAGE 4: 32KM | CYCLE
Leaving the Delphi Valley and heading for Drummin, spectacular hills to climb and extreme care needed on the downhills. Expect severe corners and narrow country roads. On to a gradual climb up to the back of Croagh Patrick and the transition area. The final 2km of this section is on a rough, loose-stoned forestry track. Punctures are possible on a road bike so caution is advised.

STAGE 5: 4.5KM | MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK | TRAIL

Croagh Patrick (764m). Stay on the path and take care on the top section of this mountain as it has a lot of loose stones. If you do not reach the transition at the bottom by 2.30pm, you will not be allowed to ascend the mountain and you will be short coursed back to Westport.
Gaelforce would like to acknowledge and thank all of the land owners of the Croagh Patrick mountain for the continued support of Gaelforce West, without which the event could not happen. Gaelforce is working with the Croagh Patrick Shareholder Group to protect the heritage of the mountain. We ask that competitors do not use the Croagh Patrick to train for our race at any time. 

Gaelforce would like to share the ethos of care on Croagh Patrick with you our competitors. We ask that all competitors ensure that they ‘Leave No Trace’ on the mountain and that what they bring up with them MUST come down. We also encourage you to read the Mayo Mountain Rescue Safety Guidelines for climbing Croagh Patrick.

STAGE 6: 13KM | CYCLE

The off road section affectionally know as ‘the Skelp’ was removed from the route for the 2019 race.

Always obey the rules of the road. Return to the junction with the N59 along a sealed road and on towards the finish line at Westport. Turning right off the N59 and down a steep hill to the town center. At the bottom of the hill, you will take a sharp left down Church street. Note there are speed ramps on the final descent. You will be asked to slow down and dismount before you proceed down Church Street.

STAGE 7:  FINAL RUN

Drop your bike at the final bike drop on the green area and make the short run to the finish line in Westport Leisure Park in Westport town centre.

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