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The Kerry Way Ultra Race Information

Length of route:
Approximately 120 miles/200km (Killarney to Killarney loop).

Where & When:
Start - Randles Nissan Garage, Muckross Road, Killarney at 6am on Friday, September 6th and finish before 10pm on Saturday September 7th 2019 at Randles Nissan Garage, Muckross Road, Killarney.

Cut-off time:
Start 6am Friday September 6th - halfway cut-off time (Waterville), 4am Saturday September 7th. Final cut-off (Kenmare) at 4pm, finish 10pm Saturday September 7th.

Number of places:
Limited places available.

Registration for Kerry Way Ultra 2019 will only be possible for competitors who hold the necessary qualifications - completion of 2 marathons or 1 x 50mile ultra or 1 x 100k ultra in the calendar year of 09/09/2018 to 05/09/2019. Please note: No refunds can be given or deferrals accepted.

Portwest, 94 New Street, Killarney from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday, Sept 5th with a Questions & Answers session at 7pm.
There will be an Ultra Brunch on Sunday, Sept 8th at The Dromhall Hotel, Muckross Road from 11am until 1pm.

We will go through the entire route with all competitors and support crews at 7pm.

Self-sufficient with Support Crews allowed at:
1. Climbers Inn, Glencar
2. Sheahans Supermarket, Glenbeigh
3. Gortmore/Foilmore Community Centre
4. Sea Lodge Hotel, Waterville
5. Caherdaniel
6. Sneem
7. The Vestry Car Park, Templenoe
8. Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine (School), Railway Road, Kenmare

There will be a Bag Drop at Lord Brandon's Cottage, Black Valley which will be the responsibility of The Kerry Way Ultra committee.

No Support Crew vehicles allowed off The Ring of Kerry road, excepting Climbers Inn, Glencar.

Safety equipment mandatory with gear check at registration and spot checks along the route. Roving marshals on motorbikes and mountain bikes. Personal assistance along the route is forbidden other than at designated areas.

No prize money awarded.

Mandatory Gear List:
• Full waterproof Jacket and Trousers
• Head Torch with a minimum of 200 lumens and spare batteries
• Route Map
• Fully charged Mobile Phone
• Survival (bivy, foil) Bag
• Whistle
• First Aid Kit (plasters, support bandage, sterile dressing)
• Gloves, Hat
• Water and spare food

Drop Bags:
Kerry Way Ultra will provide transportation for Drop Bags to Lord Brandon's Cottage for all competitors (due to very limited motor access). It will also provide transportation for Drop Bags to the locations specified on the Support Crew Map for crewless competitors. Those with Crews are asked not to use this facility.

Drop Bags must be waterproof, securely tied and labelled with the competitors name and number. In the case of competitors with Support Crew, only one bag (Lord Brandon's Cottage) will be accepted. In the case of crewless competitors, the bags must also be labelled with the Support Crew Stop name (ie. Foilmore, Glenbeigh, etc.) They must be deposited at the Drop Bag section of Registration on Thursday evening*

The Drop Bags will be returned to the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney as soon as possible and it will be the responsibility of each competitor to claim their own bag or allocate someone else to do it for them. They have to be picked up on Sunday before 1pm.

Do not leave valuables in the Drop Bags.

Kerry Way Ultra is not responsible for lost or damaged drop bags and their contents.

*Your Drop Bags are essential - help us help you by following the instructions above.


The Kerry Way Ultra is very lucky to have some incredible volunteers at the Support Crew Stops and Checkpoints, marshalling the event, helping at Registration, maintaining the Kerry Way route, and generally supporting all the competitors with enthusiasm, humour and encouragement (and even getting errant runners back on the right track!).

The marshals will have emergency water only - The Kerry Way Ultra is a self-sufficient event. There will be no medications at any Crew Stop or Checkpoint. If you feel that you may need anything, it will be your responsibility to bring and use it.

Doctors in the towns and villages along the route will be aware of the event and there will be Wilderness First Aid Responders on call.

Without the help and enthusiasm of all the above, there would be no Kerry Way Ultra! They have given up their weekend to insure you the best possible chance of success and we ask that you give them the courtesy, respect and sincere thanks they so richly deserve. Thank you.