With nearly 2,000 people expected to compete, this weekend’s Quest Glendalough Adventure Race in Wicklow is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world.
The race is part of the Quest Adventure Series and one of four to take place in Ireland this year. Saturday’s event is completely sold out showing the appetite there is for something different in sport.
It takes the shape of a one-day adventure race with a choice of three distances, 19km ‘Challenge’, 41km ‘Sport’ and 57 km ‘Expert’ – combining trail running, cycling and kayaking.
Glendalough has proved to be a massively popular event for the company winning this year’s national Outsider Magazine Award for ‘Best Outdoor/Adventure event’ in a public poll.
Many participants return year-on-year to experience this side of Ireland’s Ancient East, the challenging cycles and trails runs, as well as the spectacular finish in the shadow of the monastic tower. This is the third year running that the event has taken place and drawn such large numbers.
Quest started in 2011 with 500 participants at their first Killarney Adventure Race. Now the Quest Adventure Series will see over 10,000 participants in its events this year across Ireland and the UK.
“We are thrilled to be back in Glendalough, it’s such an iconic location,” said Race Director and Founder of Quest, Oliver Kirwan.
“We are privileged to bring our people on an amazing course that incorporates the only opportunity you can get to kayak on the Upper Lake. We get great support from local stakeholders and would like to thank them and the Wicklow National Park for their support in helping us organise the event.”
The race will have a full after party for participants and a new sponsor, Glendalough Distillery is on board this year, offering all of the winners a bottle of their Irish produced Wild Botanical Gin.
Quest Adventure series has three more Irish events in 2018, Quest 12/24 – Sneem & South Kerry (25th August), Quest Achill (8th September) and Quest Killarney (6th October). Quest Wales is next up on the adventure racing calendar and takes place on 12th May.
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