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kerry way ultra relay

The Kerry Way Ultra Relay - Sept 3rd & 4th 2021

The Kerry Way Ultra Relay will be held over the Kerry Way route, starting and finishing in Killarney. The event will be held concurrently with The Kerry Way Ultra. The relay route is the same as The Ultra and will be run in teams of three people, with at least one female member. The tracker and race number will be the baton and can only be exchanged at the changeover points at the Crew Stops. It is your choice how you divide up the sections between Crew Stops.

As usual, contact Eileen on (087) 2731489 if you need details, information or encouragement.

kerry way ultrarelay

The Kerry Way Ultra Relay 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 and finish before 10pm on Saturday at Randles Nissan Garage, Muckross Road, Killarney.

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

Number of places:
Limited places available.

Portwest, 94 New Street, Killarney from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday, Sept 2nd with a Questions & Answers session at 7pm.
There will be an Ultra Brunch on Sunday 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. The Lobster Bar, Waterville
5. Caherdaniel
6. Sneem
7. The Vestry Car Park, Templenoe
8. Kenmare Events Centre

There will be transport arranged into Lord Brandon's Cottage for participants.

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


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.


"Having tried on 2 previous occasions, I managed to complete the KerryWay Ultra this year in 2018 and can't thank you enough along with your team, volunteers, fellow runners and all who are involved in such a magnificent event. The sheer organisation is exceptional - from the registration, to the start to the small (and welcome) nudges of encouragement throughout the entire event from all, and everyone...

But even more, the KWU is the most difficult, technical and 'mentally challenging' run that an ultra runner will ever do (and probably the longest!) - in the most scenic, beautiful, unspoilt and often the loneliest parts of beautiful Kerry, an endurance test like none other; where you just get used to being yourself again whilst you face the challenges on the route - running against the elements, through bog, mountains, trail, road and picturesque villages. The warmth and friendliness of all you encounter offsets the effects of the severe weather and settling heavy rain throughout the darkest hours of the night.

But if I could take just 1 memory (and it is not the finish!) - it is the walk out of Caherdaniel in the pitch black darkness and complete silence with my solitary head torch, venturing into the black 'abyss' of the Kerry night, the heavy rain obstructing any chance of a clear view in front of me, and the sheer satisfaction and contentment of taking part in an event like no other, isolated from everyone and alone walking though the mountains of this beautiful country. A feeling of such serenity and peace, in the face of a 200km adversity is one that I will remember forever... so I thank you again for providing the event, for running it so well and for your enthusiasm for us all."

Neil Mackay, Kerry Way Ultra 2018