Enter the elements - Killary Gaelforce

Enter the elements

Adventure Races | 10K Trail Trilogy | Unique Events

Our events

Adventure Racing

Adventure Racing

Gaelforce Connemara | Gaelforce West

Just you versus the elements.

These iconic events bring you through the most stunning landscapes in the West of Ireland.

Adventure Racing
Gaelforce 10K Trail Run Trilogy

Gaelforce 10K Trail Run Trilogy

Bray Cliff Run | Howth Summit | Kippure

Scenic routes, varied terrains & great views.

Why not complete the East Coast trail run trilogy?

Gaelforce 10K Trail Run Trilogy
Unique events

Unique events

The Great Fjord Swim | Turf Warrior

These are some of our favourite events.

You won’t find challenges like this anywhere else.

Unique events

2022 Events

Find your Gaelforce event and start your journey to the finish line. Our events sell out fast, so sign up soon if you don’t want to miss out.

Gaelforce 10k Kippure   Sunday, 10th April 2022
Turf Warrior Spring Saturday,  21st May 2022
Gaelforce West Saturday, 18th June 2022
Gaelforce Connemara Saturday, 23rd July 2022
Gaelforce 10k Bray Cliff Run Saturday, 20th August 2022
The Great Fjord Swim Saturday, 17th September 2022
Gaelforce 10k Howth Summit Saturday, 15th October 2022
Turf Warrior Classic Saturday, 12th November 2022
 
ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AND GOVERNMENT COVID REGULATIONS AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.
 

Event Calendar

10-04-2022
GAELFORCE 10K KIPPURE
GAELFORCE 10K KIPPURE
10K
Trail run
1 distance

Go wild in the Wicklow countryside on single-track trails & forestry paths with ever-changing views.

10-04-2022
Gaelforce 10k Kippure

Go wild in the Wicklow countryside on single-track trails & forestry paths with ever-changing views.

21-05-2022
TURF WARRIOR
TURF WARRIOR
run
walk
crawl
1 distance

The ultimate obstacle course through the Connemara bog all the way in to Killary Fjord.

21-05-2022
Turf Warrior

The ultimate obstacle course through the Connemara bog all the way in to Killary Fjord.

18-06-2022
GAELFORCE WEST
GAELFORCE WEST
running
cycling
kayaking
1 distance

The original and best adventure race in Ireland. A 68km run, kayak & cycle though the incredible Connemara landscape.

18-06-2022
Gaelforce West

The original and best adventure race in Ireland. A 68km run, kayak & cycle though the incredible Connemara landscape.

23-07-2022
GAELFORCE CONNEMARA
GAELFORCE CONNEMARA
running
cycling
kayaking
1 distance

A 32.5km run, cycle & swim through rugged, beautiful Connemara with mountain and sea views all around.

23-07-2022
Gaelforce Connemara

A 32.5km run, cycle & swim through rugged, beautiful Connemara with mountain and sea views all around.

17-09-2022
THE GREAT FJORD SWIM
THE GREAT FJORD SWIM
open water swimming
3 distances

Open water swimming in spectacular Killary Fjord with 750m, 2km and 3.9km (full Iron Man) distances.

17-09-2022
Great Fjord Swim

Open water swimming in spectacular Killary Fjord with 750m, 2km and 3.9km (full Iron Man) distances.

15-10-2022
GAELFORCE 10K HOWTH SUMMIT
GAELFORCE 10K HOWTH SUMMIT
10K
trail run
howth hill
1 distance

A city run like no other, along grassy tracks, rough trails & sealed roads to the summit of scenic Howth Hill.

15-10-2022
Gaelforce 10K Howth Summit

A city run like no other, along grassy tracks, rough trails & sealed roads to the summit of scenic Howth Hill.

Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.

A League of their Own

Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.

A League of their Own

Training

You don’t have to be a finely tuned athlete or a muscle-bound machine to enter a Gaelforce event. You just need to be open to the challenge, take on the training and be eager to participate. All events have elite waves for more experienced competitors and lots of support for first-timers. And of course, we’ll be on hand with advice and help all the way.

FIND YOUR EVENT TRAINING PLAN

Reviews

Nic 2019

"There's no place like Connemara...stunning landscapes, crazy weather & tough mountains. Thanks @killarygaelforce for another fantastic race. It was brilliant, if tough. I had a wonderful weekend in the Wild West"

Terri 2019

"Thanks again for yet another fantastic event, a perfect day, super organisation, happy marshals all the way. Looking forward to the next event!"

Peter 2019

"What a cracker of a race yesterday for @killarygaelforce mountain run with about 1500 metres of climbing over 20k in easily the most scenic and wild open mountains to be found...huge shout out to the organisers and all the marshals who braved the all the elements to keep us all on track, very much appreciated."

Vicky 2019

"Many, many thanks for a great and memorable day in Dublin!! Love the team of people you have...it’s never the place, always the people that make it!!"

Real Spin Fitness 2019

"@killarygaelforce what a great day at #gaelforcedublin and a well run event! Will be back next year #adventureracing"

Juju 2019

"What a fantastic and beautiful open mountain race in Connemara by Gaelforce. A fantastic and painful mountain race, one you should all try! It's 95% open mountains with steep slopes and super muddy sections you can really enjoy if it's on your bum or just staying on your feet and letting go...one race I’ll be doing over and over."

Paul 2019

"That was a fantastic race, so well organized. Congrats to you all."

Trail Running Athlone

"Amazing day in Killary for @Gaelforceevents #mountainrun The weather gods were kind to us, even blue skies at times. Thank you to all the amazing organisers, always so sound."

Our Story

Gaelforce story

Our iconic, award-winning Gaelforce Events bring competitors through the most interesting routes and varied terrains in the most stunning of landscapes. Our mission is to seek out new challenges and unique race offerings to bring the best of adventure racing to Ireland. You just won’t find locations or challenges like this anywhere else!

Here is a snapshot of how the Gaelforce journey has progressed since it began back in 2006.

Our Story - Gaelforce story
2006

The story of Killary Gaelforce began in 2006 when renowned adventurer and Director of Killary Adventure Company, Jamie Young, supported by Failte Ireland and others, brought his dream of hosting the largest one-day adventure race in Europe to life. Gaelforce West was born and adventure racing in Ireland came to be.

Our Story - 2006
2009

Gaelforce Events is born creating one strong and recognisable brand for the events that were to come.

Our Story - 2009
2010

The Connemara Adventure Challenge (a sprint adventure race) and the Turf Guy Challenge (an obstacle race through the Connemara bog) began and were unique events for the Irish adventure racing scene at the time.

Our Story - 2010
2011

Gaelforce Events take on the wilds of Donegal with Gaelforce North. A sprint distance event was added to Gaelforce North in 2012 to cater for the less experienced racer.

Our Story - 2011
2012

In 2012 the Bray 10km Trail Blazer brought runners on a 10km trail and beach run along the cliffs of Bray Head on a spring evening. Now a sell-out event renamed as the Bray 10km Cliff Run. 2012 also brought a new and daring direction with an open water swimming event in October, The Great Fjord Swim. Taking place in magnificent Killary Fjord and now including 3 distances it continues to grow each year.

Our Story - 2012
2013

In 2013 the Turf Guy toughened up as it became the Turf Warrior and much ingenuity and expense was invested in making this a superb obstacle course which featured on Ireland’s Fittest Families. 2013 saw the introduction of a women-only adventure race in Galway.

Our Story - 2013
2014

2014 saw the introduction of a women-only adventure race in Roundwood Wicklow.

Our Story - 2014
2015

2015 saw the Gaelforce Mountain Run, taking place in the Maamturk mountains begin. Experienced mountain runners were attracted by the unmarked routes and generous prize money. This is a Gaelforce staff favourite as it is our home training ground and is such a spectacular location and a tough challenge.

Our Story - 2015
2016

2016 brought more innovation and daring with a night cycle and a regular triathlon - both in Connemara. The Night Rider Sportif took place in April on a beautiful moonlit night and the Connemara Triathlon was launched in September.

In 2016 John West Ireland joined as title sponsors of Gaelforce events providing natural protein products to our athletes.

Our Story - 2016
2017

2017 saw us take on the exciting task of bringing a major adventure race to the capital city with Gaelforce Dublin in February. We stayed in Dublin for a second trail running event in 2017 as the Howth Summit 10km run began in October 2017 and has had extra waves added due to its phenomenal success!

Our Story - 2017
2018

2018 brought an added level of endurance to the already iconic Gaelforce West with the introduction of Gaelforce West Ultra. 152km of pure endurance! 
 

Our Story - 2018
2019

2019 see's the addition of the Gaelforce 10K Kippure trail run to the Gaelforce events calendar. It is part of the Gaelforce 10K Trilogy trail run series.

Our Story - 2019
2020

Keep an eye on our social media as we release information on our new events.

We are very excited about the future and we look forward to seeing you at one of our start lines soon. 

Our Story - 2020

Gaelforce story

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