8 Irish Adventure Races to Take Part in This Year

With this glorious weather upon us, it’s a great time to be outdoors! And what better way to soak up some sun than discovering Ireland and all its beauty.
One of the best ways to switch off from a busy working week is to get outdoors, be active and take on a new Irish adventure. Whether you’re a fitness pro, an outdoor enthusiast or looking for a challenge, there’s an adventure race here for everyone.

last one running

For something a little different, why not try last one running? Participants run a 3.8km loop multiple times until they literally run out of time. The first loop has a time limit of 30 minutes and on every loop thereafter the time is reduced by 1 minute making it more difficult each time! Anyone who does not make it over the line within the allocated time is disqualified until there is literally one person left running – a little like the beep test, for those of you who remember it.

Taking place July 21st in Westport

colour dash

The Irish Cancer Society are bringing back the Colour Dash 5k race once again! This is a fun-filled day with colour bombs, music and of course, exercise. Whether you’re an enthusiastic walker, jogger or runner there’s room for all fitness levels. And whilst all attendees will have a fun day out, they’ll also be contributing to the Irish Cancer Society so it really is an all-round win!

Taking place in Dublin, Cork, Galway & Limerick during the month of June 2018.


Moxie Adventure Race is an adventure race which takes place in the garden of Ireland. Within 45 minutes of Dublin city and based in Lacken with Blessington Lakes as its backdrop, Moxie has something for everyone. With 4 race distances, 25KM for the beginners, Our 34KM Duathlon for those who dont want to kayak, 36KM for the intermediate and 54KM for the elite in adventure races, we have a race to suit all levels.

Taking place in July 7th, start point at The Garden of Ireland.

tough mudder

Tough Mudder is 10 miles of mud combined with ridiculously ‘tough’ obstacles designed to drag you out of your comfort zone. This isn’t a race against time but rather a test of endurance. You can take part as a team or individually, however you’ll find that there’s a great sense of camaraderie amongst everyone as a whole regardless. You’ll discover what you’re really made of and find it to be a truly positive experience (even if it is a challenge), where you’ll accomplish something extraordinary.

Taking place over July 21 & 22 2018, Loughcrew Adventure Centre.


Quest Adventure races are one day, multi-sport events that run throughout the year in all different locations across Ireland. These adventures cover running, cycling as well as kayaking and boast some beautiful scenery along the way. They pride themselves on finding some of the most “epic environments” for their race routes which will be an experience in itself.

Taking place throughout the year in locations across the country, find details here.

super milk wild air run

One for all the family, the Wild Air Run is all about having fun. Featuring 10 of Europe’s biggest inflatable obstacles as part of a 5K course and water gun fight! It’s certainly a good way to burn off calories whilst having some fun with the fam.

Taking place July – August in locations around Dublin, Galway & Cork.

the delphi challenge

The Delphi Challenge is a multi-activity challenge that starts and finishes at Delphi Resort. You’ll begin by cycling the winding road of Delphi until you reach Bundorragha Pier, you will then be challenged in the water with a kayaking circuit around a very scenic Killary Fjord. And to finish, you will bike to the trail run for your final stint through Delphi forest, finding your way back to the Delphi Resort.This is an all day event, there is no timer so you can do it at your own pace. It’s suitable for all fitness levels but restricted to 12 years+. The best part? You can party the night away with some live music, food and drinks awaiting you back at the resort.

Taking place on 6th October 2018, at the Delphi Resort, Galway.

hell & back

To finish, one of the most thrilling and toughest challenges in terms of mental & physical endurance, Hell & Back is exactly what it says on the tin. This is the country’s largest and most popular obstacle course run which will really push you to your limits. Participants must complete a 10-15KM trail route crossing rivers and lakes, climbing hills and mountains and crawling through bogs and swamps. It really does sound like hell but you will have a lot of fun along the way, trust us.

Taking place the 16th & 17th June in Wicklow, with adult and family courses, there’s something to suit each fitness level.  

Have you tried any adventure races yourself? Let us know if there’s any others you feel we’ve missed by emailing us at hello@iconicoffices.ie

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