Cavan Kayakarun Adventure Race

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WHAT The Cavan Kayakarun Adventure Race 2024 is celebrating its 14th year, as one of the first Adventure Races held in Ireland it is now established as one of the best. A community run non-profit event organized by Adventure racers and sports people you are sure of a great experience where all abilities and categories are catered for with something for Adventure race beginners wanting to give it a try while meeting all the challenges required by Experienced racers Cycle through the Drumlins of east Cavan, kayak around the stunning crannogs of Barnagrow lake and enjoy the scenic views of Lough Sillan and Lough Tacker as you run or hike along the quiet trails and laneways.  See below for details:
WHERE Gallonray House, Maudabawn, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.GPS co-ordinates:54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362
WHEN Saturday 10th August 2024 @ 12:00 midday
WHY Now part of the ARI Challenge Series. Excellent organisation, warm local welcome, fantastic location and a great value for money event for all. Brilliant after event party, prize giving, Finishers Medal, Cycling T-shirt & family fun day. Competitor food provided. Hot food available for purchase to visitors.

 Latest News:

  • Campervan sites now available next to Gallonray House – see accommodation page
  • 2024 Race Entry is now open
  • New additional route ‘CKR PETITE’ now available for beginners & fun runs 
  • Now part of the ARI Challenge Series
  • Results CKR 2023



Open                             Male/Female

Veteran (Over 40’s)     Male/Female

Masters (Over 50’s)     Male/Female

Relay  Team(2/3)         Any combination (single time chip)

Full CKR Challenge Race Details:  

1) Run 4k

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge starts at Gallonray House with a 4k run (on tarmac).

2) Bike 16k

On completing the 4k run you get on your bike at the bike Transition at Gallonray house and cycle 16k to the beautiful Lough Barnagrow.

3) Kayak 1.5k

Rack your bike at Lough Barnagrow where you get on a sit on or sit in Kayak and kayak around the Two Crannogs taking in the stunning scenery and return to the bike Transition at the lake shore.

4) Bike 18k

On completing the kayak section you return to your bike and cycle 18k to Race HQ at Gallonray House.

5) Run 4k

The final leg of the The Cavan Kayakarun Adventure Race is the same 4k run as completed at the start racking your bike at Gallonray House and completing the last challenge before crossing the finish line.

CKR Petite for Beginners/Fun Race Details:  

1) Run 1 K

2) Bike 16 K

3) Kayak 1.5 K

4) Bike 5 K

5) Run 1 K


Costs :

CKR Challenge:

Individual  = €65.00

Team of 2 or 3 = €120.


Individual €55

Team 2/3 €100



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 and has risen steadily since.

The Cavan KayakarunAdventure 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.

SafetyPlease 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.

So come to County Cavan for the Cavan Kayakarun and make it a weekend to remember for all the family.

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