Cavan Kayakarun

WHAT Multi-sport adventure race through the spectacular rolling Drumlin hills in County Cavan, Ireland. The event includes running/walking on mainly country roads, kayaking either on a sit-on-top or sit-in kayak (kayaks supplied or bring your own) and cycling  on tarmac suitable for any type of bike.
WHERE Gallonray House, Maudabawn, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.GPS co-ordinates: 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362
WHEN Saturday 12th August 2017
WHY Excellent organisation, warm local welcome, fantastic location and a great value for money event for all. Brilliant after event party, prize giving & family fun day .

 Latest News:

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION is now closed but entries will be taken at Race HQ Gallonray House Saturday morning before the race  between 10:00am to 11:30am and on Friday evening 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • New mini race available suits all abilities >  2.5k Run, 600 metre Kayak and 16k Cycle > cost €20 
  • New B&B 300mts from Gallonray House with games room (tennis, pool & darts). Golden Stream B&B:  email: See Accommodation section for full details.
  • Registration is open for the 2017 event
  • Full 2016 results now available:

XL Results 2016     Challenge Results 2016   Junior Results 2016

  • Race entry available at Gallonray House Friday evening between 7-9pm and Saturday morning before the race between 10-11:30am
  • Check out the latest maps and elevation information Course details
  • See 2014 Coptercam aerial view of event here:
  • CAMP SITE AVAILABLE – contact Michael on 087 9294263 for details


The Cavan Kayakarun will feature the following events:

  • The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge:
    • Open                           Male/Female
    • Veteran (Over 40’s)   Male/Female
    • Masters (Over 50’s)   Male/Female
    • Relay                           Any combination
  • The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge XL:
    • Open                           Male/Female
    • Open Relay                Any combination
    • Veteran (Over 40’s)   Male/Female
    • Masters (Over 50’s)   Male/Female
  • The Cavan Kayakarun Junior Challenge
    • 12-14yrs                      Male/Female/Team
    • 14-16yrs                      Male/Female/Team
    • 16-18yrs                      Male/Female/Team
  • New mini race available suits all abilities >  2.5k Run, 600 metre Kayak and 16k Cycle > cost €20 

ENTRIES for this years Cavan Kayakarun are now open!  CKR 2017 Registration

The Origins of the Cavan Kayakarun In May 2010 a group of friends were having a pint in Gallonray House, Maudabawn. There was a lot of talk about the recession and a general atmosphere of doom and gloom. The lads and lassies put their heads together and decided they would create a Fun Adventure Race event for the silly season, to give people in the local community a lift and an active focus for the summer. Everyone had an interest in sport, more friends were contacted and The Cavan Kayakarun was born. It was initially meant to be for the local group of friends. However, it was decided to advertise and  the newly dubbed Adventure Race had 250 people of all ages from 16 to 80 take part in 2010. 350 participated in 2011 and over 400 enjoyed the event on a sunny Saturday in 2012. The Cavan Kayakarun Adventure Race aims to get people of all ages and levels of fitness involved in sporting outdoor activity .We want you to remember it as all about fun, participation, achieving your goal of finishing the circuit and enjoying the elation and delight of crossing the finish line, at the end. We aim to provide a safe friendly environment, where all the family can enjoy the day and excellent local amenities will be utilised. We aim to hold a community run event in which every participant is a winner.

The event  is accessible to all able bodied participants and the emphasis is on FUN and PARTICIPATION.

Safety Please Note: It is recommended that you get some experience paddling a sit-in kayak prior to the race, have running experience of a minimum of 5k on the roads and have road biking experience on a road worthy bike, wearing a helmet.. Kayaking will take place in Lough Barnagrove where the Monaghan Sub Aqua team will be present on the day. A water safety team will be in place using kayaks and safety boats.


The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge

This unique fun event starts at Gallonray House, Cootehill with a 5k run/walk, followed by a 1k kayak race, then a run a short distance to  the Bike Transition area and finishing with a 15k cycle. The emphasis is on FUN, so whether you are an experienced athlete looking for a serious challenge or a total beginner looking for a bit of ‘craic’ then you will not want to miss this event.

The race is open to individuals or if you feel all three events may be too much… why not enter a relay team of three to share the load?


Course Map:

map GPS co-ordinates: 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362

Entrant Info:

>>> Click here <<<

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge XL



The Cavan Kayakarun XL is a more challenging route.The XL route starts with the 5k run, followed by a 2k kayak, then a 5k cross-country trail run called the ‘Ring Fort Run’ back to the transition area at Gallonray House; concluding with a 52k cycle stage.

The Cavan Kayakarun is a local community event, and with the generous help of local people, we can guarantee a well marshalled and a safe passage for all the competitors. Alongside that there is a great social attraction with music in Gallonray House, on the Friday and also on the Saturday night after the event. The music is usually a mix of traditional and regular. There is a buffet meal for purchase after the event. Also complimentary teas/coffee and treats for all entrants.


Course Map:


GPS co-ordinates: 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362

Entrant Info:

>>> Click here <<<

The Cavan Kayakarun Junior Challenge

The junior event consists of male, female,and relay teams with following categories: ages 12-14yrs,14-16yrs and 16-18yrs.

It begins with 2.5k run beginning at Barnagrow lake followed by a 600 metre Kayak and finishing with a 16k cyclecycle. Notes: The Junior Event begins at 12 mid-day sharp before the main event and is in a different event sequence to the senior events. Registration is at Gallonray House on the day at of the event only.

Costs : Individual   20 euro         Team  30 euro.



So come to County Cavan on Saturday 6th August  and make it a weekend to remember for all the family.

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