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FAQ Sliabh Liag Gaeltacht Adventure Race 2019

Sliabh Liag Gaeltacht Adventure Race is a one day, multi-sport events. The disciplines covered are running and cycling. It’s an epic adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way in South West Donegal, featuring the spectacular landmarks of Silver Strand beach, Glen Head and the Iconic Sliabh Liag. The event is based in the quaint village of Kilcar. 

Sliabh Liag Gaeltacht Adventure Race takes place on Saturday 20th April (Easter Saturday).

Sliabh Liag Gaeltacht Adventure Race is organised by Excel Sports in conjunction with Kilcar community council. 

There will be three separate races which will include a mix of cycling, road running, off road running, and a mountain hike. 

The Sport distance 37km caters for the participant that wants a challenge but has not taken part in adventure racing before. Duration time for the fastest person will be around 1hr 45hrs. 

The Challenge distance 60km is for the participant who has completed an Adventure race, and looking to challenge themselves. This included a loop around Sliabh Liag. Duration time for the fastest person will be 2.30 - 3hrs. 

The Expert distance 80km is for the participant who wants to really challenge themselves. This includes 2 hills going to top of Glen Head, and an amazing loop around Sliabh Liag. Duration time for the fastest person will be 3.30 - 4 hrs.  

Route Information

There are 3 distances and routes to choose from. Expert 80km, Challenge 60km, and Sport 37km. 

The routes were designed to be challenging and inspiring as a real test of endurance for any outdoor enthusiast along the Wild Atlantic Way in South West Donegal. Competitors will enjoy spectacular views, and push themselves to their limits. 

Please Note

Competitors undertake Sliabh Liag Gaeltacht Adventure Race at their own risk. Participants should be familiar with the route maps, race briefing document and areas on the route where caution is advised. 

Competitors have to observe warning signs, Race marshals, and attend the race briefing before the race. All routes are subject to change.  

Route Information and Precautions

EXPERT RACE DETAILS.

80km. Bike/Run event. Bike is all Road; Run is Road and Trail. *Caution - Cycle routes are open to traffic. This could be Ireland’s most scenic Adventure Race Course.

Stage 1: Cycle 22k Bike - Kilcar to Malin Beag (Silver Strand). Starting from a mass start, going through Carrick and onto Malin Beag.  

Stage 2: Beach Run 1k Run - Silver Strand beach steps and across beach and back. 

Stage 3: Cycle 7k Bike - Malin Beag to Glencolmcille Folk Village car park. 

Stage 4: Beach / Trail run 8k Run (hill) - Across Glen beach to top of Glen head and back. 

Stage 5: Cycle 18k Bike - Glen to Carrick / Teelin via Meenaneary. A hilly climb out of Glen. 

Stage 6: Road / Trail run 13k Run - Pilgram path, Bunglass loop, around Sliabh Liag loop. Starting at close to sea level and ascending to 595m above the sea cliffs. Note: If visibility is very poor or high winds, the course may be altered for participants safety. 

Stage 7: Cycle - coast road. 9k Bike - Teelin to Kilcar. 

Stage 8: Road run 1k Run - Finish on Kilcar Main st. 

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CHALLENGE RACE DETAILS - 60km Bike / Run event. 

Stage 1: Cycle 22k Bike - Kilcar to Malin Beag (Silver Strand). Starting from a mass start, going through Carrick and onto Malin Beag.  

Stage 2: Beach Run 1k Run - Silver Strand beach steps and across beach and back.  

Stage 3: Cycle 20km bike - Silver Strand to Teelin. 

Stage 4: Road / Trail run 13k Run - Pilgram path, Bunglass loop, around Sliabh Liag loop. Starting at close to sea level and ascending to 595m above the sea cliffs. Note: If visibility is very poor or high winds, the course may be altered for participants safety. 

Stage 5: Cycle 8km Bike - Teelin - Kilcar along the coast road  

Stage 6: Road run 1k Run - Loop in Kilcar. This will be a great distance for those looking to challenge themselves. 

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SPORT RACE DETAILS 37km Bike / Run event. 

Stage 1: Cycle 20km bike - Kilcar to Teelin via coast rd. A scenic bike along the coast. 

Stage 2: Road / Trail 7km Walk / Run. Bunglass and back. 

Stage 3: Cycle 9km Bike - Teelin to Kilcar along the coast road. 

Stage 4: Road run / walk 1k Walk, Jog, Run in Kilcar village. This is a great distance for those getting into Adventure Racing, and has amazing scenery along the way.  

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Race Information 

Sliabh Liag Gaeltacht Adventure Race is a one day, multi-sport events. The disciplines covered are running, cycling. It’s an epic adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way in South West Donegal, featuring the spectacular landmarks of Silver Strand beach, Glen Head and the Iconic Sliabh Liag. The event is based in the quaint village of Kilcar.  

WHAT’S INCLUDED ? 

Your entry fee covers all the costs associated with staging the event such as marshalling, traffic management, medical support, event Insurance, Timing etc. Registration fees cover the following: 

  • Fully marshaled course 
  • Bespoke finishers medal 
  • Event T-shirt 
  • Prizes in each category for winners 
  • Post race refreshments and food 
  • Post race after party 1
  • A fantastic day with amazing scenery 


WHEN, WHERE, HOW MUCH ? 

When: 20 April, 2019 

Where: Kilcar, Co. Donegal 

How Much: 

Sport - Standard price €60 

Challenge - Standard price €65 

 Expert - Standard price €70 

*Please note registration fees are subject to a 7% fee. 

Group Incentive: If 5 or more people sign up as a group they can avail of a 10% discount. Discount is applied to the group once the 5th person registers.  

Online Registration 

Online registration will remain open till Sun April 15.  

There will be limited entries available on the morning of the event. Race T-shirts are ordered 4 weeks in advance. In order to guarantee your T-shirt on race day it is advisable to register before March 17.  

START TIMES. 

Expert: 9am Challenge: 9.15 Sport: 9.30 

*Please note that start times may be subject to change.  

REGISTRATION 

Where? Registration will take place on Friday evening from 5-8pm, and Saturday from 7.30 - 8.30am at Aislann Kilcar community hall in Kilcar village

Parking? Event parking is available at the Kilcar GAA grounds, 600m from Kilcar Village. 

Before the Race: Participants for each event must assemble at the start area (Kilcar Village crossroads) for race briefing 15 mins before race start. 

After the Race: The race will finish beside the Aislinn center where registration takes place. Hot food and refreshments will be available to participants in the hall. 

Bike collection: Competitors can collect their bikes from finish area transition by presenting their race number to officials. 

After party and prize giving will take place after all competitors are finished. Venue TBC. 

PRIZES 

Expert Overall Male and Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd Over 45 1st Male and Female 

Challenge Overall Male and Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd Over 45 1st Male and Female  

RACE RULES AND GUIDELINES

● Once entered you may get a refund or transfer entry until March 17. ● Mandatory kit must be worn or carried as appropriate and as specified ● TT bikes or bikes fitted with Tri Bars of any type may not be used ● There are no road closures for the cycling routes competitors must follow the road traffic laws ● All competitors must follow the prescribed route - no exceptions ● Checkpoints must be visited in the correct order ● Obey our environmental policy. Any competitor found littering by race marshals or fellow competitors will be reported and disqualified ● Respect the local environment ● Assist any persons who are in difficulty and report it to the closest race marshall ● The Race Director’s decision is final ● Competitors must be over 18yrs ● In the event of inclement weather the organisers have the right to alter the route on the day of the event  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  

How do I register for the Race? You can register for the race online. Register early to guarantee your place. 

What does the registration fee include:

  • Customised finishers medal 
  • Customised event tech t-shirt 
  • Prizes in all categories 
  • Free after-party and food voucher. 
  • A great atmosphere and a fun day out 
  • Fully marshalled course


When do I collect my race pack and rack my bike? 

All competitors must collect their race pack in one of the following locations: Friday - Aislinn centre Kilcar 5 - 8pm Saturday - Aislinn Centre Kilcar 7 - 8.30am You must pick up your pack at least 1 hour before your race. 

What type bike should I use? 

The choice of bike is an individual choice. The most suitable bike would be a road bike but a Mountain Bike or Hybrid are allowed. You will start on your bike so bring it with you to the start line. 

Do I need any specialist equipment?

Apart from the basics (bike, running shoes, mandatory kit) you do not need any specialist equipment.  

Do I have to have any specialist map reading or mountain skill to compete in the race? 

No. You will be provided with a map. The route is marked out with signs and race Marshals will also be on hand along the route. 

What is your refund policy? 

When entering the event it is part of the terms and conditions that you can get a refund or transfer your entry until April 7th. 

Is there any water available along the route?

Water will be available at transitions if needed. You will be required to bring water and food with you for the duration of the race. 

How is the race timed?

A timing company will look after event timing. Participants will have a timing chip on their number or a strap on their ankle. Results will be posted after all competitors are finished.  

Can I compete in the race as a team? No. You can register as part of a team but there is no formal team race. 

How can I contact Excel Sports if I have any more questions?

Feel free to contact us with any questions by emailing eunanquinnsport@gmail.com or call the Excel Team on 086 8782763 

Can I listen to my iPod/music during the race? 

No. It is extremely dangerous to listen to music whilst cycling as the roads are not closed and are open to local traffic. 

Can I raise money for charity? 

Yes. We encourage everybody to raise money for charity. You can also raise funds for our nominated charity North West Simon Community. 

What Items are included in the mandatory kit? 

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 helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump. ● Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket. ● Suitable footwear - Trail shoes are specifically designed to give greater grip and stability for off running terrain. ● Backpack or bum bag. ● All kit will be checked before the race.  

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