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Quest Killarney is a one-day multi adventure sport race. It takes place in Killarney National Park, along the Kerry Way and in the Black Valley.

This race gives competitors the chance to run, hike, cycle and kayak some of the most dramatic, breath taking and remote scenery in the world.

There are 3 different route options to suit all levels of fitness:
Expert 55kSport 33kDual 28k

Registration is now open for Quest Adventure Series 2017. This event has sold out 2 months in advance, in previous years.

RaceDateEarly BirdStandardRegister Now
Quest Killarney18th Mar€80 (Valid 01.12.16)€85Register Now >>

*Please note €7 online booking registration fee applies to each event. There is a €2 Killarney National Park Fee.

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


WaveRouteCategoryTime start Gleneagle HotelStart location
Wave 133km SportElite08.45Gleneagle Hotel
Wave 233km SportRunner09.10Gleneagle Hotel
Wave 333km SportRunner/Jogger09.30Gleneagle Hotel
Wave 455km ExpertElite/Runner10.00Gleneagle Hotel
Wave 528km DualNo Kayak10.30Gleneagle Hotel
Wave 633km SportRunner/Jogger10.50Gleneagle Hotel
Wave 733km SportRunner/Jogger11.10Gleneagle Hotel


Pre-event online registration
All competitors must register online before the race. There is no registration on the day of the event.

Race Pack Collection
All competitors must collect their race pack at the Gleneagle Hotel at the following times:
– Friday 17th of March
– Saturday 18th March (Limited registration on the morning of the race)

At registration please present the text message containing your race number which you will receive a few days before race. If you do not receive a text please bring the e-mail confirmation you receive when you register online.

Please note if you are collecting your race pack on Saturday morning you must collect your race pack 1 hour before you wave starts.

Your race pack includes:
– Timing dibber
– Race map
– Bib number
– Bike sticker

Race Start
All competitors will start at the Gleneagle hotel with a rolling cycle start. Your mandatory kit list will be checked before the race. If you do not have the required mandatory kit you will not be allowed to partake in 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 a in the Gleneagle Hotel Backstage Bar from 2pm ’til late.

Car parking
Parking is limited in the Gleneagle Hotel, please park your car at your hotel accommodation and cycle to the Gleneagle hotel.


55km Expert
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st

33km Sport
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Over 40s 1’s male & female 1st

28km Dual
Overall male & female 1st

Prize sponsors:
Winners in all categories will receive outdoor products and vouchers from our sponsors.

Note: Only those starting in the earliest wave of each race distance will be considered for prize.


  • 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 or the first wave in the category to win the overall category prizes
  • The Race Director’s decision is final
  • Competitors must be over 18yrs
  • In the event of inclement weather the organisers have the right to alter the route on the day of the event


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.


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?
All competitors must collect their race pack at the Gleneagle Hotel :
– Friday 17th March
– Saturday 18th March (minimum 1 hour before wave start time)

Can I register my bike on Saturday morning before the race?
Yes. All participants must bring their bikes to start line on Saturday morning. There is no bike drop off the night before for the Quest Killarney March adventure 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 route 8km of the cycle is on a gravel path. It is advised to go slow on this section.

Do I need any specialist equipment?
Apart from the basics (bike, mandatory kit, running shoes) you do not need any specialist equipment. We will provide you with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid.

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 marshalls 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 and will be refill only. You will be required to bring water with you for the duration of the race.

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 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 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 is 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?

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 the Quest Team on 087 6024621

Can I listen to my iPod/music 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.


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.