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What’s the difference between each of the Quest events and routes?

What’s the difference between each of the Quest events and routes?

Sometimes we get asked how our events compare with each other and what the difference is in the routes on our events? 

Here’s some info to help answer that. 

Quest Adventure Series is the overarching name for 4 different Quest events which take place each year. These are – Quest Kenmare, Glendalough, Lough Derg & Killarney.

These four Quest events are roughly the same in structure – they have 4 routes ranging in distance which you will run, cycle and kayak around. 

These can be broken down as follows; 20-32km ‘Challenge’ route 40-50km ‘Sport’ route, 40-46km Dual route, and 55-85km ‘Expert’ route.

The only difference is Quest Killarney which has one more route: the ‘Pro’ at 78km (Expert is 85km). 

Quest Kenmare joined the series in 2018 and kick-starts the adventure racing season. The Sport and Expert routes are particularly challenging on this event and many participants report being pleasantly surprised by the beautiful scenery in parts of Kerry they had never visited before. Kenmare is also a great spot for a night away. 

Quest Glendalough gives participants the unique opportunity to be allowed to kayak in the Upper Lake (which is not possible at any other time of the year), and to finish the event in the shadow of the monastic tower – just spectacular. Glendalough has an excellent atmosphere. 

Quest Lough Derg is only a couple of hours from everywhere in Ireland and testament to its popularity with a stunning location on the banks of the River Shannon at Ballina and Killaloe. Your chance to cross Ireland’s longest temporary bridge across the Shannon built especially for Quest Lough Derg! It’s a great time of year to do a road trip with your mates to top off the summer. It’s also got one of the shorter Challenge routes at 22km, a great one for a first time ‘Challenge’. 

Quest Killarney is the ‘home’ to adventure racing and draws the largest numbers each year – some also say it’s the most challenging and it holds a special place in the hearts of many adventure racers. The unique challenges presented by the likes of Strickeen, Mangerton and the Gap of Dunloe is hard to beat. 

Sometimes it’s difficult to make a choice with so many options, so we say try them all! They all have something different to offer with draw-dropping scenery in common – oh and great people of course! Collect all the medals! You’ll never regret it.


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