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WAAR Route's

WAAR Route (55.5k)

Run 10k, Cycle 42.5k, Hike 2k & Kayak 1k *

RUN : 10k

The run route will be the same as previous years making up a 10km route.

Leaving Naomh Muire GAA club heading through Mullaghdubh on the main road before turning left onto airport road, continue approx 1km to the airport.

The run section will enter the airport grounds and onto the airport runway (Provided there are no delays with the flight) making WAAR the only adventure race in the country to run on a live runway.

Leaving the airport grounds the run will cross Carrickfinn beach to the Ballymanus road after catching your first glimpse of the Wild Atlantic.

Runners will continue along the road for approx. 1k before turning onto the cross country route around Ballymanus monument and onto Mullaghdearg beach. Leaving the beach with a short, steep run on a sand dune runners will follow the course back to the Clubhouse.

The run section is made up of approx 6km road and 4km cross country/beach. Note: All off road sections cross private property which we have been kindly given permission to use on the day. There is no access to this land in the lead up to the event and all competitors are asked to respect this and train elsewhere for the race.

BIKE : 42.5k

Competitors will arrive back from the run and collect their bikes at the clubhouse grounds at transition area 1 (T1). Leaving T1 the bike route leaves Mullaghdearg heading left along the Wild Atlantic Way towards Kincasslagh. The route will continue along the main road past Keadue, Burtonport and towards Dungloe, approx 16km.

Arriving at 'Top Petrol Station' competitors turn right heading another 16km approx towards Meenaweal chapel through Meenamara and with a steep cycle up Tór.

Continuing on to Meenawheel, cyclists will arrive at T2 to begin the hike section.

Note: All competitors must slow down coming into T2 and dismount their bikes. Marshals are there for your safety and failure to dismount bike before entering the transition area will result in a time penalty.

HIKE : 2k

Racking your bike at T2, competitors will begin their hike up An Croghan Mór, 1k each way with a time keeper at the top (so no turning back half way) The route is marked by white pegs in the ground with red flags and there will be marshals on the route should a competitor need assistance.

BIKE : 42.5k ... continued from above

Back on your bike after the Hike, for the final 11km approx. Competitors will take a sharp left after Meenawheel chapel heading towards Loughanure. In the village of Loughanure turn right down the Glen Road towards Annagry and turning left at Annagry following the road back to Naomh Muire clubhouse to transition area 3.

KAYAK : 1k

Back at the clubhouse competitors re-rack their bikes before heading the short distance to Mullaghdearg lake adjacent to the football pitch. Once at the lake all competitors will be given a buoyancy aid which must be worn. The 1k kayak route will be clearly marked along the lake. Kayaks are provided on the day and competitors are not allowed to bring their own.


After the kayak competitors will run along the football pitch to the finish line.

*distance may change on the day due to circumstances outside of our control.


Your timer will be given out at registration on Friday evening, the timing chip is located inside your race number and it is each competitors responsibility to keep their timer on them. Please keep this in mind when wearing jackets etc.

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