Quest Killarney is a one-day multi adventure sport race. It takes place in the Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park
Quest Killarney is a one day multi adventure sport race.
This race gives competitors the chance to run, hike, cycle and kayak some of the most
dramatic, breathtaking and remote scenery in the world.
Stage 1: Mountain Run – 7km
Description: Starting at the base of the McGillycuddy Reeks this stage will take you through a tough steep bog mountain trail up and over Strickeen mountain.
Terrain: Hill trail & heathen bog.
Features: Stunning views of Carrantuohill, the Gap of Dunloe, the Lakes of Killarney and Purple mountain.
Stage 2: Road Bike – 35km
Description: Pick your bike up at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and start this amazing cycle with breathtaking views around every corner. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel and potholes.
Features: The Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls Gap, ladies view, Lakes of Killarney and the eagles nest to name a few.
Stage 3: Kayak – 1.5km
Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.
Stage 4: Forest Track Run – 9km
Description: Starting by going under a 250 year old tunnel under the road, competitors will ascend to Torc Waterfall and the old Kenmare Road, taking a left off the Old Kenmare Road and following a forest trail to a viewing point at Barr na Currane. The 9km distance includes 2km run up and back to the Kayak stage.
Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track and mountain track.
Features: From the viewing point you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney.
Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.
Cut off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of the forest trail by 4pm will not be allowed to continue up to Barr na Currane.
Stage 5: Road Bike – 6km
Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.
Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland’s largest Oak forest.