Attention Killarney Adventure Racers, here's some last minute tips
There's just two weeks to go until this year's Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race. Here's a few last minute pointers from the organisers.
ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO – SQUEEKY BUM TIME
Registration is now closed. Over 1,100 adventure enthusiasts have signed up to date making the Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race one of the biggest adventure gatherings in Ireland.
What equipment / gear do I need?
The race organisers provide a high level of safety cover along the route but there will not be marshalls around every corner so 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 hat, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump
- Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket
- Suitable footwear
- Backpack or bum bag.
All kit will be checked at Friday night registration and again on the morning of the race before you start. We supply the double sit on top kayaks for everyone.
Our main sponsors Kerry Outdoor sports have a wide selection of mandatory kit list items and will advise you on any gear queries you may have.
What bike should I use ?
This is the most common question we get asked by competitors. First and foremost you should ensure that the bike is properly serviced with working brakes. You will be descending down steep 10% gradients so it is important to feel safe and confident on your bike. The bike sections are on sealed roads but there are sections of road with gravel and pot holes.
If you are doing the 67Km or the 57Km route a road bike (racer) would be the fastest. You can also use a mountain bike but it will be considerably slower. For the 25Km route there is a 7Km section on a gravel road from Muckross House to Dinis Cottage. You can use a road bike, a hybrid or a mountain bike. The type of bike selection for the 25K route is not as critical due to the distances.
What type of runners should I use
Don’t wear your brand new runners. They will get ruined. We would advise all participants to wear trail runners as they are more suitable for the terrain. Your feet will get wet on the run sections and on the kayak leg.
If you have any questions on the route, the gear required or the arrangements for the day feel free to contact us on email@example.com See you all in two weeks!