If you are the traveller who likes to pack sport shoes, there’s plenty of races for you to join. On your trip to Ireland, getting involved in adventure sport is a great way to see the Irish countryside and meet locals, while also satisfying your inner adrenaline junkie.
Here is our top five:
Lilliput Adventure Race
July 12, Mullingar, Westmeath
Just one hour from Dublin by bus or train, this adventure race is set in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Ennell in Mullingar. With a run, kayak, bike, and hill climb, the course is 45-55km and you can choose from three levels of bad-ass, kick-ass or mini-ass, depending on your fitness level. There is also free camping on-site, so you can really enjoy the Irish countryside. Entry is €50 and registration is available here.
August 4, Dublin city centre
Runners are getting ready to rock Dublin. With some great Irish bands playing every mile, this half-marathon is a great and challenging way to see the city by foot. Starting along the River Liffey, you pass many scenic sights: Christchurch Cathedral, The Four Courts, and Irish Museum of Modern Art, ending in Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest enclosed parks. And the party doesn’t stop there; things really kick off at the finish line with more live music and festivities. Entry cost is €55 and registration is available here.
WAR: Wicklow Adventure Race
6th September, Powerscourt, Wicklow
Half an hour by car or bus is the countryside of Wicklow, also known as the ‘Garden of Ireland.’ There is no better location for an adventure. Covering a total of 63km, the race has a nice mix: a run on the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain and above the Powerscourt Waterfall; a kayak on the Vartry Lakes; and a cycle through wilderness of the Sally Gap pass. Entry cost starts at €55, keep an eye out here as registration will be opening soon.
Total Experience: Moxie Adventure Race
September 20, Blessington, Wicklow
Moxie Adventure Race is a triathlon, taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Blessington – famous for its many lakes and only a 40-minute journey from Dublin by car or bus. Depending on your fitness level, you can choose from three routes (60km, 40km, 27km). There’ll be activities taking place on the day at the nearby Tulfarris Hotel; a further opportunity to take in your lovely surroundings and have a well-deserved pint. Sign up for €59 here.
October 18, Clonkeeran House, Kildare
Run-a-Muck takes place twice a year, in March and October, on the grounds of Clonkeeran House in Kildare, just 40 minutes outside Dublin. It features – take a deep breath – bale jumps, Tarzan rope swings, crawls under nets, bath dunks, super slides, tyres and ditch drops. Race options include ‘Muckers’ and ‘Serious Muckers’ depending on how messy you want to get, and although it’s no more than 10km, it’s not about distance, but endurance. Sign up for €20, and to find out how to get there, visit transport options here.
To schedule your transport, visit Bus Eireann and Irish Rail.
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