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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: 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362
WHEN Saturday 11th August 2018
WHY Excellent organisation, warm local welcome, fantastic location and a great value for money event for all. Brilliant after event party, prize giving & family fun day .

The Cavan Kayakarun will feature the following events:

  • The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge:
    • Open                           Male/Female
    • Veteran (Over 40’s)   Male/Female
    • Masters (Over 50’s)   Male/Female
    • Relay                           Any combination
  • The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge XL:
    • Open                           Male/Female
    • Open Relay                Any combination
    • Veteran (Over 40’s)   Male/Female
    • Masters (Over 50’s)   Male/Female
  • The Cavan Kayakarun Junior Challenge
    • 12-14yrs                      Male/Female/Team
    • 14-16yrs                      Male/Female/Team
    • 16-18yrs                      Male/Female/Team

THE CAVAN KAYAKARUN SUPREME BODY TESTER – 58K

BIKE 16K

The Cavan Kayakarun Supreme Body Tester is the longer more testing course. It starts at Gallonray House with a 16K cycle to the bike transition and start of the 5K Run

Run 5K

Run 5Kto the Kayak transition on a road and trail run route.

KAYAK 2K

Kayak on a sit-in or sit on top Kayak around the edge of Barnagrow lake passing through the Crannóg Islands back to the entry point.

RUN 1K

1K run from the Kayak transition to the Bike transition.

BIKE 27K

On completing the 1K run from the Kayak , you return to the Bike transition to complete a 27K mainly flat route back to Gallonray House.

RUN 7K

The final leg of the Cavan Kayakarun Supreme Body Tester race is a 7K Tramac and trail run after racking your bike at Gallonray House to complete the last challenge before crossing the finish line.

 

THE CAVAN KAYAKARUN BODY TESTER – 41k

BIKE 16K

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge starts at Gallonray House with a 16K cycle to the Bike transition.

RUN 5K

After racking your bike, complete a 5K run on tarmac and trail run to the Kayak transition.

KAYAK 1K

On completing the 5k run, you arrive at the Kayak transition where you Kayak on a sit-in or sit on top kayak going around the Crannóg Island and back to the entry point.

RUN 1K

1K run from the Kayak transition back to the bike transition.

BIKE 18K

Cycle 18K on a mainly flat course back to Gallonray House.

500m Dash to Finish

On arriving back to Gallonray House, rack your bike and complete an easy 500 metre run crossing the finish line.

 

THE CAVAN KAYAKARUN MINI/JUNIOR BODY TESTER – 13k

Race Details:

CYCLE 5K

Cycle 5K to Bike transition.

RUN 1K

Rack your bike and run 1K to the Kayak transition.

Kayak 500 Metres

Kayak a 500 Metre course close to the shore of the lake.

RUN 1K

Run 1K form the Kayak back to the Bike transition.

Cycle 5K

Cycle 5K back to the finish at Gallonray House.

500m Dash

Dismount your Bike and jog an easy 500m to the finish line.

 Additional Notes:

The MINI/JUNIOR Event begins at 1:45pm after the senior events. This year the start is at Gallonray House with a rolling bike start. 

Costs : Individual   25 euro         Team  35 euro.

The Origins of the Cavan Kayakarun
In May 2010 a group of friends were having a pint in Gallonray House, Maudabawn. There was a lot of talk about the recession and a general atmosphere of doom and gloom. The lads and lassies put their heads together and decided they would create a Fun Adventure Race event for the silly season, to give people in the local community a lift and an active focus for the summer. Everyone had an interest in sport, more friends were contacted and The Cavan Kayakarun was born. It was initially meant to be for the local group of friends. However, it was decided to advertise and  the newly dubbed Adventure Race had 250 people of all ages from 16 to 80 take part in 2010. 350 participated in 2011 and over 400 enjoyed the event on a sunny Saturday in 2012.

The Cavan Kayakarun Adventure Race aims to get people of all ages and levels of fitness involved in sporting outdoor activity .We want you to remember it as all about fun, participation, achieving your goal of finishing the circuit and enjoying the elation and delight of crossing the finish line, at the end. We aim to provide a safe friendly environment, where all the family can enjoy the day and excellent local amenities will be utilized. We aim to hold a community run event in which every participant is a winner.

The event  is accessible to all able bodied participants and the emphasis is on FUN and PARTICIPATION.

Safety Please Note: It is recommended that you get some experience paddling a sit-in kayak prior to the race, have running experience of a minimum of 5k on the roads and have road biking experience on a road worthy bike, wearing a helmet.. Kayaking will take place in Lough Barnagrove where the Monaghan Sub Aqua team will be present on the day. A water safety team will be in place using kayaks and safety boats.

 

The Cavan Kayakarun Adventure Race 2018 takes place on Saturday August 11th at Gallonray House Cootehill County Cavan.
This is the ninth year of the event which involves running/ walking, kayaking and cycling.

The Cavan Kayakarun Adventure Race takes you through the picturesque Drumlins of East Cavan. The race takes you along quiet trails and lane ways and the chance to kayak around the stunning crannog islands of Lough Barnagrow lake.

The event starts at Gallonray House, Maudabawn at 1pm with something for everyone both young and old, of all abilities.

The Cavan Kayakarun Supreme Body Tester is 58k and is for those seeking a tough but very achievable challenge.

The Cavan Kayakarun Body Tester is 41k in distance.

The Cavan Kayakarun Mini/Junior Body Tester is 13k and is suitable for those doing their first Adventure Race and for young competitors over 12 years.

This is a Family event with the emphasis on participation and fun. There is always lots of prizes on the day, the first three in each race both male and female along with category prizes. Each participant receives a finishers medal, T-Shirt, and an after race meal!

it is an event surely not to be missed.
So come to Cavan on Saturday August 11th and enjoy an action packed day for all the family.

Further details on our event & Online registration can be found on our webpage: www.cavankayakarun.com

Check out our Facebook page for further info regarding our event.

Contact: Email info@cavankayakarun.com

 

FAQ

What is the Cavan Kayakarun?
The Cavan Kayakrun is a multi sport adventure race including running/walking on maily country roads, kayaking (sit-in or sit-on & supplied or bring your own) and cycling on tarmac suitable for any type of bike. It is achieveable to all able bodied participants  and the emphasis is on FUN and PARTICIPATION smiley

It includes The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge and The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge XL and Junior Kayakarun.

How did the Cavan Kayakarun begin?
In May 2010 a group of friends were having a pint in Gallonray house Maudabawn. There was a lot of talk about the recession and a general atmosphere doom and gloom. The lads and lassies put their heads together and decided they would create a Fun event for the silly season, to give people in the local community a lift and an active focus for the summer. Everyone had an interest in sport, more friends were contacted and The Cavan Kayakarun was born. It was initially meant to be for the local group of friends. However, it was decided to advertise and  the newly dubbed Adventure Race had 250 people of all ages from 16 to 80 take part in 2010. 350 participated in 2011 and over 400 enjoyed the event on a sunny Saturday in 2012.

What are the aims of the Cavan kayakarun?

The Cavan Kayakarun aims to get people of all ages and levels of fitness involved in sporting outdoor activity .We want you to remember it as all about fun, participation, achieving your goal of finishing the circuit and enjoying the elation and delight of crossing the finish line, at the end. We aim to provide a safe friendly environment, where all the family can enjoy the day and excellent local amenities will be utilised. We aim to hold a community run event in which every participant is a winner.

What are the race categories for the Cavan Kayakrun?
There are male and female categories. A breakdown as follows:

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge

Junior 12-14 yrs 14-16 yrs 16-18 yrs Male/Female/Team
Open Male/Female
Veteran (Over 40) Male/Female
Masters (Over 50) Male/Female
Relay Any combination

 

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge XL

Open Male/Female
Open Relay Any combination

 

Competition Map links:

 

What specifically does the race involve?

The race starts at Gallonray House near Cootehill. See Home/Overview page for full race breakdowns.

 

What is the cost of the entry?

€35 for The Cavan Kayakarun Body Tester

€60 for The Cavan Kayakarun Body Tester Team

€50 for The Cavan Kayakarun Supreme Body Tester

€75 for The Cavan Kayakarun Supreme Body Tester Team

Entry fees are non-transferrable and non-refundable

The entry cost is inclusive all commissions and any other associated costs.

 

What prizes are available?

Each participant will receive a quality medal and ribbon.

Each category winner will receive a valuable voucher and a winners medal plus free entry into next year’s event.

What type of terrain is the event held in?

County Cavan is described as the ‘County of Drumlins’ and this event truly will live up to this description. During the run you will encounter ‘Pepper’s Brae’, I have heard people following the event refer to it as tough however it is a huge sense of achievement crossing peppers and seeing the site of the lake and kayaks below as you head to transition 1. This is a testing course but for the fun runners the distance is not excessive as the distance is 5 km The run is on tarmac.

The Kayak stage takes place in a natural lake and circulates a small crannog where ancient settlers once lived. The average time for the Kayak section is 10 – 15 minutes for the 1k distance.

The cycle section is 18Km for The Cavan Kayakarun Body Tester and is a reasonably pleasant cycle on tarmac and is well marshalled. Those who enter The Cavan Kayakarun Supreme Body Tester will undertake two cycling stages of 16k and later 27k cycle on a more testing circuit, where the cyclists will travel up and through one of the largest wind-farms in Ireland and will experience some of the finest scenery in the county – but you may not have a lot of time to take it all in! The surface is smooth tarmac.The roads used are reasonably quiet and free from large volumes of traffic.

 

Can anyone take part?

The answer is yes. The event is all about fun and taking part. We have a longer more challenging course The Cavan Kayakarun Supreme Body Tester for those who want to test themselves even more. The event has two separate cycle and kayak routes  tailored to suit all levels of fitness with the Supreme route taking place over a longer more difficult course. The Cavan Kayakarun Body Tester is a fun event for all the Family

 

Is it a safe event?

Considerable planning into the safety of the event is paramount. The event routes are carefully selected and marshalled. These Marshalls are trained and well briefed on their responsibilities but it is of utmost importance to the athlete to understand that the road sections of the event are open to the public and the rules of the road should be strictly adhered to.

Monaghan Sub aqua unit will be in attendance on the lake along with safety personnel in Kayaks and boats

There is a briefing session  prior to the race at Gallonray House .

 

Can you tell me where the race starts from?

The Body Tester and Supreme Body Tester races start and finish for all adults from Gallonray House, Maudabawn Cootehill ,County Cavan. Please find the cordinates on the home page. Note: shower and dining facilities available.

The Junior Kayakarun starts at Lough Barnagrove at 12:00 mid-day prior to the adult’s event start time. Juniors should first call to Gallonray House to register for the event prior to the event start.

 

What are the check in / registration times?

Registration takes place on Friday night the 10th August the night before the race between 7 – 9pm in Gallonray House Maudabawn and on Saturday morning 11th August  (race day) between 10am-11.30 am also in Gallonray House. It is very important that registration takes place during these times as there will be no opportunity to check in after this. Bikes should be placed at the transition 2 point, after you have registered and picked up your race number. Return and park at Gallonray House starting point. This should take approx. 20 mins in total.

 

Where and when is the race party?

The official Cavan Kayakrun race party takes place the evening of the event in Gallonray house,this is now established as one of the biggest nights of the year in Gallonray with top live bands into the early hours. Live music, hot food buffet and entertainment are available for participants and spectators alike. This is a great night’s fun with great stories of heroics and new friends to be made. Remember there is ample accommodation in the local area for anyone wishing to stay over on either night of the weekend. Please have a look at the accommodations section for further details. Taxi service will be available.

 

What time is the prize giving?

Directly after the conclusion of the race and the junior race, prices will be given out at the conclusion of their race.

 

Can I take part in the event and raise money for charity?

Yes, we have no problem in you raising money for needy causes or your chosen charity. We do advise however that you collect for a registered charity and that you will have the correct permits and are covered by legislation with respect to fundraising when using the Cavan Kayakarun Brand.

 

Is there any merchandise available to purchase?

Yes: Quality running t-shirts will also be available with the Cavan Kayakarun logo – cost €15.

 

Where do I see the map information?

Map information is on the website and a copy will be also available on registration and on-line once obtained.

 

Have you more information on the Kayaks and can I bring my own?

You may bring your own kayak or you may use one of the kayaks provided by the organisers.There will be sit-on and sit-in single Kayaks provided.

 

Do I need to have previous experience in Kayaking?

The event organisers have sit-in and sit -on single kayaks. These are designed for novice kayakers.

We would advise you to avail of a kayaking lesson before the event, it is possible to complete the kayaking course without any previous experience however you will enjoy the event much more with proper preparation.

Check out our links section on our website and kayaking training centres contact details are there.You can avail of one of the training sessions that will be taking place on Barnagrow lake in the weeks prior to the event. Please keep an eye on the website training section  for further details.

 

Is there a mandatory kit list?

Yes, it is important to appreciate that life jackets are compulsory in the kayak, helmets are compulsory in the cycling and all standard athletic footwear is advisable. A pair of gloves would be of benefit but not essential.

Life jackets are provided for the kayaking however if you bring your own kayak you must bring your own life jacket.

 

Where will I store my extra clothing?

There will be a designated area for storage of clothing / personal gear at the transition area and at the start/finish we will transport your gear from the transition back to the start/ finish and a procedure will be put in place where all property will be clearly bagged and tagged.

Other points of information

  1. It is advisable to arrive early on race day to familiarise yourself with the course and the transition area
  2. On your arrival, you will be free to discuss the event with any of the organising committee who will be wearing green branded t-shirts and hi-vis gear.
  3. Complimentary light refreshments are available  after the event.
  4. Shower facilities are available on site at the start/finish in Gallonray house.
  5. Hot food is available for purchase – salads, curry, lasagne,teas coffees etc
  6. Live music that evening and a real party atmosphere
  7. The event is taking place on open roads – so safety first!
  8. Book early to avoid disappointment as we expect over 500 participants this year!
  9. This is a non-profit event run by our community for you our visitors
  10. Event contact details:  Michael  087 9294263

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