Enter the elements in 2020

Adventure Races | 10K Trail Trilogy | Unique Events

Our events

You do not 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 and eager to participate. From a 10km trail run to adventure racing across a variety of distances you will find your place in our events and you will never look back. We have a variety of events so you are sure to find the one that suits your interests, fitness levels and goals.

Adventure Racing

Adventure Racing

These are where it all started for us. These iconic events bring you through the most stunning landscapes our country has to offer. They are hard (nothing worth while is easy!) and you need to train for them but they are attainable as thousands of people cross the finish line each year.

Adventure Racing
Gaelforce 10K Trail Run Trilogy

Gaelforce 10K Trail Run Trilogy

These are no park runs; they are Gaelforce runs which means great views, interesting routes and varied terrains. Some follow trails and others will see you running on the open mountains of Connemara, just you vs the elements.

The Gaelforce 10km Trilogy - This is a 10km series of the Gaelforce 10K Bray Cliff Run and Gaelforce 10K Howth Summit are to be joined by the Gaelforce 10K Kippure.

Gaelforce 10K Trail Run Trilogy
Unique events

Unique events

This is where we branched out so that we could truly offer something for everyone! Mountain Runs, Open Water Swims, fun Obstacle courses, these are some of our favourite events, you won’t find locations or challenges like this anywhere else.

Unique events

#EntertheElements with Gaelforce in 2020, check out the event calendar below.

Make your choice and let nothing get in your way on your journey to a Gaelforce finish line!

Events

07-03-2020
GAELFORCE SKY RUN
GAELFORCE SKY RUN
mountain
trail
runnning
3 distances

Irish mountain running event with three distances over unmarked routes in the northern Maamturk Mountains, Connemara. Access by special permission for this event only. 22km and 13km distances for experienced mountain runners. 12km Introductory event ideal for those of reasonable fitness but new to mountain running.

07-03-2020
Gaelforce Sky Run

Irish mountain running event with three distances over unmarked routes in the northern Maamturk Mountains, Connemara. Access by special permission for this event only. 22km and 13km distances for experienced mountain runners. 12km Introductory event ideal for those of reasonable fitness but new to mountain running.

04-04-2020
GAELFORCE 10K BRAY CLIFF RUN
GAELFORCE 10K BRAY CLIFF RUN
10K
trail run
cliff top
1 distance

10km trail run along the Bray Cliff Path. Run from Greystones Beach to Bray Promenade through the stunning coastal path around Bray Head as the sun sets over Dublin Bay

04-04-2020
Gaelforce 10K Bray Cliff Run

10km trail run along the Bray Cliff Path. Run from Greystones Beach to Bray Promenade through the stunning coastal path around Bray Head as the sun sets over Dublin Bay

02-05-2020
GAELFORCE CONNEMARA
GAELFORCE CONNEMARA
running
cycling
kayaking
2 distances

Celebrating its 10th year in 2019, this adventure race  through rugged and beautiful Connemara overlooking Killary Fjord is not to be missed. 32.5km or 27km (no mountain summit) adventure race distances available. Perfect for those new to adventure racing or as a training race for the more experienced. 

02-05-2020
Gaelforce Connemara

Celebrating its 10th year in 2019, this adventure race  through rugged and beautiful Connemara overlooking Killary Fjord is not to be missed. 32.5km or 27km (no mountain summit) adventure race distances available. Perfect for those new to adventure racing or as a training race for the more experienced. 

09-05-2020
GAELFORCE NIGHT SPORTIF
GAELFORCE NIGHT SPORTIF
road
cycling
sunset
3 distances

Cycle under a full moon through steep-sided valleys, past quiet lakes and rugged coastline. Three distances with refreshment stops provided, this is not a race but a journey. Do it for a reason or just for the unique and magical experience it provides.

09-05-2020
Gaelforce Night Sportif

Cycle under a full moon through steep-sided valleys, past quiet lakes and rugged coastline. Three distances with refreshment stops provided, this is not a race but a journey. Do it for a reason or just for the unique and magical experience it provides.

20-06-2020
GAELFORCE WEST
GAELFORCE WEST
running
cycling
kayaking
1 distance

The original adventure race in Ireland and the one for your bucket list. 67km linear route from Connemara to Westport including trail running, kayaking across Killary Fjord, cycling and the summiting of Croagh Patrick. Challenging but worth it for the incredible views and the huge sense of achievement.

20-06-2020
Gaelforce West

The original adventure race in Ireland and the one for your bucket list. 67km linear route from Connemara to Westport including trail running, kayaking across Killary Fjord, cycling and the summiting of Croagh Patrick. Challenging but worth it for the incredible views and the huge sense of achievement.

08-08-2020
GAELFORCE 10K KIPPURE
GAELFORCE 10K KIPPURE
10K
Trail run
1 distance

NEW for 2019 and the 2nd event in the Gaelforce 10K Trilogy series is the Gaelforce 10k Kippure. A 10km route taking you around Kippure mountain and its surrounds. The varied terrain is more forgiving to the body and the mind with single track trails, forestry paths, sealed roads and changing views.

08-08-2020
Gaelforce 10k Kippure

NEW for 2019 and the 2nd event in the Gaelforce 10K Trilogy series is the Gaelforce 10k Kippure. A 10km route taking you around Kippure mountain and its surrounds. The varied terrain is more forgiving to the body and the mind with single track trails, forestry paths, sealed roads and changing views.

26-09-2020
THE GREAT FJORD SWIM
THE GREAT FJORD SWIM
open water swimming
3 distances

Part of the Global Swim Series. 

750m, 2km and 3.9km (Full Iron man) distances in this autumn open water swimming event in stunning Killary Fjord. Options for non-wetsuit swimmers in the 3.9km and 2km events. Boat drops to the start line in the 2km and 750m events. 

26-09-2020
Great Fjord Swim

Part of the Global Swim Series. 

750m, 2km and 3.9km (Full Iron man) distances in this autumn open water swimming event in stunning Killary Fjord. Options for non-wetsuit swimmers in the 3.9km and 2km events. Boat drops to the start line in the 2km and 750m events. 

10-10-2020
GAELFORCE 10K HOWTH SUMMIT
GAELFORCE 10K HOWTH SUMMIT
10K
trail run
howth hill
1 distance

The final event in the Gaelforce 10K Triology series, this 10km trail run in Dublin brings you to the summit of Howth Hill along grassy tracks, rough trails and sealed roads, and all without leaving the city. Sells out fast so do not dither.

10-10-2020
Gaelforce 10K Howth Summit

The final event in the Gaelforce 10K Triology series, this 10km trail run in Dublin brings you to the summit of Howth Hill along grassy tracks, rough trails and sealed roads, and all without leaving the city. Sells out fast so do not dither.

07-11-2020
TURF WARRIOR
TURF WARRIOR
run
walk
crawl
1 distance

Get ready for a fun 8 to 10km of swinging, jumping and climbing your way through forests, bogs and rivers all the way to Killary Fjord!

07-11-2020
Turf Warrior

Get ready for a fun 8 to 10km of swinging, jumping and climbing your way through forests, bogs and rivers all the way to Killary Fjord!

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

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 Marshalls 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.

Gaelforce Story

The Story Begins

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. Here is a snapshot of how the Gaelforce journey has progressed since then.

Gaelforce Story - The Story Begins
2009

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

Gaelforce 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.

Gaelforce 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.

Gaelforce 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.

Gaelforce 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.

Gaelforce Story - 2013
2014

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

Gaelforce 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.

Gaelforce 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.

Gaelforce 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!

Gaelforce 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! 
 

Gaelforce 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.

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

Gaelforce Story - 2019
2020

We are working on some new events whihc we hope to bring onboard for the 2020 racing season. We will let you know about them as soon as we can. Keep an eye on our social media as we release information on them.

 

See you soon!

Gaelforce Story - 2020

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