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BEYOND EXPEDITION RACE

IRELAND

20 -21JULY 2024

ENTRIES are OPEN

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Donegal has always been proud of its adventure heritage and we are stoked here at Race Ireland to bring 24hr+ expedition racing back to the mighty hills of Donegal.
Over two race distances, we aim to challenge your ability on our 12hr and 24hr race course with a mix of Hiking, Biking, Trail Running and Kayaking in the most jaw dropping playground in Ireland. 

The event starts in Rathmelton home of the world famous Football Special, the birth place of Dave Gallaher, All Blacks rugby captain.

The course is fully marked from start to finish and we will be giving you a gps route for your device to follow.

Getting to the finish line is important but getting to the Beyond Expedition After Party now thats mandatory – It wouldn’t be Ireland unless we kicked up those heels, sang along to a few tunes, blew the froth off a few cold beers and enjoyed the tales from the days craic in adventure. 

Event details

Beyond Expedition adventure race

Date:

20-21 JULY 2024

Race Categories

There are two course options

12HR ADVENTURE

Bike - 5hr
Hike/Trail Run - 7hr
Kayak- 1hr

Cycle – 48km
Mountain Hike/Run – 13km
Cycle – 49km
Kayak – 5km
Trail Run/Hike – 18.5km 

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24HR EXPEDITION

Bike - 12hr 
Hike/Trail Run - 11hr
Kayak - 2hr

Cycle – 80km
Mountain Hike/Run – 13km
Cycle – 111km
Kayak – 10km
Trail Run/Hike – 34km

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Information

Beyond 12hr Adventure Race 
Course:
Fully Marked
Categories: Solo & teams 
Solo: Male/Female 
Teams of 4 (same or mixed gender) 
Support: Tech/ Support member allowed.

Beyond 24hr Expedition Race
Course: Fully Marked
Categories:
Solo & teams 
Solo: Male/Female 
Teams of 4 (same or mixed gender) 
Support: Tech/ Support member allowed.

Entries: Are Now Open
https://raceireland.com/beyond-race/

🏅 Beyond Expedition Race 
📍 Rathmelton Co.Donegal
🗓 Saturday 20 JULY  2024
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24hr Course
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Start time tbc

🏅 Beyond Adventure Race 
📍 Rathmelton Co.Donegal 

🗓 Saturday 20 JULY  2024
⏱ 12hr Course
⏱
Start time tbc

 

Beyond 24hr expedition race :

Online race briefing : by Zoom mid May. (you will be notified)
Race starts Saturday 20th July 2024 at TBC
Finish Sunday +24hrs approx.
 

Beyond 12hr expedition race :

Online race briefing : by Zoom mid May. (you will be notified)
Start Sunday 21st July 2024 at TBC
Finish Sunday +12hrs approx 

 

Standard Entry

12hr SOLO RACE – €225
24hr SOLO RACE – €299
12hr TEAM RACE – €150 pp (€600 per team of 4)
24hr TEAM RACE– €250 pp (€1000 per team of 4)

Your race entry fees includes:

A professionally built 12 and 24hr adventure racing course in a great location.

Beyond AR Race Website Tracker

Kayaks and water safety crews (bring your own life jackets as sizes are always an issue) also you can bring your own kayak paddle and jacket. 

On-site first response teams for emergency first aid

Official Beyond AR Medal for finishers 

The Hanging Gale Trophies 

Great live web coverage throughout. 

Event videos and pictures 

The most beautiful backdrop and memorable adventure racing of your life!

After party BBQ and Live music.

Motor home parking and Beyond AR discounted accommodation rates (contact us early) 

It is our aim to provide you and your team the best quality event we can. Admittedly, it isn’t cheap to enter, but neither is it cheap to run an adventure race of this scale, in a new location each year. 

Beyond 12hr expedition distance in general can expect approximate total times: 

Bike – 5hr
Hike/Trail Run – 7hr
Kayak- 1hr

Cycle – 48km
Mountain Hike/Run – 13km
Cycle – 49km
Kayak – 5km
Cycle – 14km
Trail Run/Hike – 18.5km

Beyond 24hr expedition distance in general can expect approximate total times: 

Bike – 12hr 
Hike/Trail Run – 11hr
Kayak – 2hr

Cycle – 80km
Mountain Hike/Run – 13km
Cycle – 111km
Kayak – 10km
Trail Run/Hike – 34km

The Race Course will be uploaded here on the website on the 1st May 2024, you can upload the GPX files into your navigation devices.

Registration will be based at Race HQ at Rathmelton Town hall Co.Donegal. 

Registration opens for the 24hr Expedition Race on the 19th July 2024 at 6pm and closes at 8pm sharp.
24Hr athletes please bring mandatory gear for checks.
Athletes and Teams will receive there Race BiBs Race Numbers and Race Instructions.

Registration opens for the 12hr Adventure Race on the 20th July 2024 (don’t be confused) at 4pm and closes at 7pm sharp.
12Hr athletes please bring mandatory gear for checks.
Athletes and Teams will receive there Race BiBs Race Numbers and Race Instructions.

Start Line is outside the Blue goat

Race start for the Beyond 24hr expedition race is at 12pm mid-day on Saturday the 20th July 2024.  All Solos and Team are expected to be ready to race and available for a final short briefing at 12.30pm 

Race Start for the Beyond 12hr adventure race is at 2am on Sunday 21st July 2024.
All Solos and Team are expected to be ready to race and available for a final short briefing at 1.30am 

Support crew
Each Solo and team will have a mobile team support/tech member based at each transition area with bikes, spares, food liquids etc. 
Support crews must have one flashing amber light on roof top and will be provided with a Vehicle Door Card number and Caution signs on rear. 

Teams
Its simple while on the race course, the 4 team members must stay within 100m of each other and all members must tag each control point for the entire race. The winning team will be the first team across the finish line having completed the entire course as a complete 4’s.

If you loose a member or two due to an injury then you may continue and finish, but you will be deemed as non competitive.  

After party
To foster a true adventure spirit we request all competitor to stay for the biggest and wildest after party Sunday evening live music at Conways old traditional Irish bar – BBQ – few beers and great craic. 

Accommodation – there is loads of camper van space – Check out AirBnB Guesthouses and hotels in the Letterkenny, Rathmelton & Milford areas.

This is going to be a proper sense of expedition adventure racing in the Donegal hills. 

No cut offs.  

Environmental impact is of critical importance to us all at Beyond Donegal AR.
Adventure racers are responsible when it comes to looking after the environment in which they are racing, and we will ensure that in Donegal we  will will leave little to no trace or impact. The race rules detail specific environmental requirements to ensure this happens.
Beyond Donegal Organisers will provide all water based equipment – (Kayak, Paddles and life buoyancy aids- all these pieces of equipment will be washed in Verkon Aquatic before entering the water to ensure we protect the Bio security of lough eske, this is very important to us. 

“Virkon Aquatic is a concentrated disinfectant powder that can be mixed with water, to form a powerful disinfecting solution with efficacy against fish viruses, bacteria, fungi, and molds.”

Beyond Donegal Organisers will ensure on both the Hike and Bike sections that we will keep to already established trails pathways and road to ensure we leave no long lasting ground impact around the Bluestacks region.

Beyond Donegal Organisers have liaised locally to ensure that we have full permission and a responsible working relationship with all the relevant governing bodies for the proper use, protection and travel over lands and water ways. 

“This event has a Leave no trace ethos”

It is highly recommended that your support crew member has your transition area stocked with food and water for each leg of the event.

In July, mid summer it should be reasonable. However !!!! you will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. 

You do not need to have your team members or support crew members name confirmed at booking – If unsure of a name place Athlete 2 or 3 or 4 in the name place to enter – however full payment is still due.

Refund & Event Entry Adjustment Policy for Race Ireland

  1. Race Ireland appreciates that competitors may have valid reasons to request a refund for an entry fee paid for an event and will always endeavour to find an amicable solution for all parties concerned.
    Competitors should appreciate that pre hired/purchased services trackers, race numbers, maps etc  may affect our ability to offer full/partial or any refund to competitors for AR events.

  2. If you cancel your entry 4 months before Race start you will receive a 50% refund.

  3. If you cancel your entry 2 months before Race start no refund will be applied.

  4. You can have a replaced team or team member but there will be no Transfered entry’s to the following year

Agree to the conditions, declarations and indemnifications outlined in the Acknowledgment Waiver and Release form for competitors and be willing to sign on completion of the entry form.

The event organisers have a public liability insurance policy to the value of €6.5 million euro. This is a compulsory insurance policy for events that are organised on, or cross through, any form of government land/public place. It is mandatory you have your own personal accident insurance and present at sign on. 

  • Mobile phone for sos. 
  • The 24Hr bike sections could have have a mix of road  and off road so a bike that can deal with both will suit best.
  • The 12Hr bike is all on road. 
  • Bike Helmet
  • Bike Lights front and rear 
  • Head torch & Spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit with at least 1 x Bandage, 1 x Ambulance Dressing & a selection of Plasters.
  • Foil Blanket/Survival Bag.
  • Sufficient Drink & Food for your race distance.
  • Gpx Course Map on your phone 
  • Warm/Wind/Waterproof top.
  • Small ruck sack to carry all of the above.
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Extra warm cloths
  • Own Kayak life jacket & whistle attached.
  • PS – YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN KAYAK AND PADDLE – ANY SHAPE SIZE OR STYLE. 

     

    IMPORTANT
    It is your responsibility to ensure all items are on you. Penalties associated with deficient items will be check at transition during the race and will receive time penalties before leaving transition (and repeat offenders may receive disqualification).

by Jason Black, Race Organiser/Director

Non-stop adventure racing activity is hard work in anyone’s book, period. However, finishing the race should be achievable for those who start with a reasonable endurance fitness base.  It’s not the fastest that wins – its who ever is  the most efficient. Whatever race strategy you choose, you will know your strengths and weaknesses, and plan their race accordingly.

You should also consider that a lot wont be in the race to compete for first place, their aim will be to simply finish. They enter because they want to push themselves harder than they think is possible, and for longer than they believe they can. They want to challenge their perceived limits and go past them!. However you should remember that you are firstly competing against yourself, and we encourage that regardless of speed and pace, just keep pushing you can complete the course, and we will be waiting.

What makes beyond uniques is the ability to have a mobile team mate as a tech/support. This mean they can drive between each transition transport your bike or life jacket and paddle maybe have warm food ready or have fresh clothes to hand. 
It also means singing and laughing to each other to keep each other going. It is sharing the highs and lows. A good team says all equipment is ours, all problems are ours, all mistakes are ours, and all successes are ours. 

  • You must complete the full course, your gps tracker will show you covered the entire route.
  • You must stop and help if someone is badly hurt or in grave danger.
  • You can be serviced by your support team anywhere along the route as long as its safely of the race course and not hindering traffic or competitors.
  • If you do not carry your mandatory safety kit YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED and there is no exceptions.
  • We expect honesty with no cheating from everyone.
  • Show consideration for your fellow competitors by keeping your distance between other competing teams and as team members you must stay within 100m of each other for the entire race.
  • Gps watches ,phones and nav devices are allowed.
  • It’s going to hurt, get over yourself.
  • One legged dancing and smiles at the after party are mandatory in Donegal. 
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