STAGE 1: 13.5KM | RUN | MOSTLY TRAIL & SOME ROAD
The start line is located at Lough Inagh Valley in Connemara. Run between the Maamturks and the 12 Bens in this stunning valley trail run that will bring you out in the Coillte forests at the back of Killary Adventure Centre.
STAGE 2: 1KM | KAYAK | KILLARY FJORD
A 1km loop from the southern shore of the Killary Fjord, in a 2-man sit-on-top kayak.
STAGE 3: 0.5KM | RUN | TRAIL & ROAD
A quick half km track and road run to the bike transition area at Killary Adventure Centre.
STAGE 4: 36.5KM | CYCLE
Leaving Killary Adventure Centre, you’ll head towards Leenane. A lovely cycle through the Partry and Sheefry Valleys on the N59, through Liscarney and turning left up to Croagh Patrick. A gradual climb up to the Croagh Patrick transition area. This entire section is on sealed roads.
STAGE 5: 4.5KM | MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK | TRAIL (Subject to licence from the Croagh Patrick Stakeholders group)
Croagh Patrick (764m). Stay on the path and take care on the top section of this mountain as it has a lot of loose stones. If you do not reach the transition at the bottom by 2.40pm, you will not be allowed to ascend the mountain and you will be short coursed back to Westport.
Gaelforce would like to acknowledge and thank all the land owners of the Croagh Patrick mountain for the continued support of Gaelforce West, without which the event could not happen
There is currently a Sustainable Access and Habitat Restoration project underway on it which aims to provide a robust path for access and to restore the eroded parts of the mountain. Gaelforce is working with and fully supports the Croagh Patrick Shareholder Group to protect the heritage and the landscape of the mountain. We ask that competitors do not use the Croagh Patrick to train for our race at any time. Gaelforce would like to share the ethos of care on Croagh Patrick with you our competitors. We ask that all competitors ensure that they 'Leave No Trace' on the mountain and that what they bring up with them MUST come down. We also encourage you to read the Mayo Mountain Rescue Safety Guidelines for climbing Croagh Patrick.
There will be a very strict policy on keeping to the defined path. Any deviation from any competitors from the path will result in instant disqualification.
This is to ensure the ongoing work to the path is not adversely affected in any way. We appreciate your compliance on this.
Please also be aware Gaelforce does not have exclusive use of the mountain on race day and competitors must be respectful of other users on the day.
STAGE 6: 12KM | CYCLE
Always obey the rules of the road. Return to the junction with the N59 along a sealed road and on towards the finish line at Westport.