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Cavan Kayakarun 2015








Multi-sport adventure race, which includes running/walking on mainly country roads, kayaking either on a sit-on-top or sit-in kayak (kayaks supplied or bring your own) and cycling  on tarmac suitable for any type of bike.

Gallonray House, Maudabawn, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.
GPS co-ordinates: 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362

Saturday 8th August 2015

Excellent organisation, warm local welcome, fantastic location and a great value for money event for all.

Brilliant after event party & prize giving.

Family fun day events including Bouncing Castles, face painting etc.

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The 2015 Cavan Kayakarun will feature the following events:

  • The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge:
    • Open                           Male/Female
    • Veteran (Over 40's)   Male/Female
    • Masters (Over 50's)   Male/Female
    • Relay                           Any combination
  • The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge XL:
    • Open                           Male/Female
    • Open Relay                Any combination
  • The Cavan Kayakarun Junior Challenge
    • 12-14yrs                      Male/Female/Team
    • 14-16yrs                      Male/Female/Team
    • 16-18yrs                      Male/Female/Team

ENTRIES for the 2015 Cavan Kayakarun are now open!
Click here to register!


The Origins of the Cavan Kayakarun
In May 2010 a group of friends were having a pint in Gallonray House, Maudabawn. There was a lot of talk about the recession and a general atmosphere of doom and gloom. The lads and lassies put their heads together and decided they would create a Fun event for the silly season, to give people in the local community a lift and an active focus for the summer. Everyone had an interest in sport, more friends were contacted and The Cavan Kayakarun was born. It was initially meant to be for the local group of friends. However, it was decided to advertise and  the newly dubbed Adventure Race had 250 people of all ages from 16 to 80 take part in 2010. 350 participated in 2011 and over 400 enjoyed the event on a sunny Saturday in 2012.

The Aims of the Cavan Kayakarun
The Cavan Kayakarun aims to get people of all ages and levels of fitness involved in sporting outdoor activity .We want you to remember it as all about fun, participation, achieving your goal of finishing the circuit and enjoying the elation and delight of crossing the finish line, at the end. We aim to provide a safe friendly environment, where all the family can enjoy the day and excellent local amenities will be utilised. We aim to hold a community run event in which every participant is a winner.

The event  is accessible to all able bodied participants and the emphasis is on FUN and PARTICIPATION.



Please Note: It is recommended that you get some experience paddling a sit-in kayak prior to the race, have running experience of a minimum of 5k on the roads and have road biking experience on a road worthy bike, wearing a helmet..

Kayaking will take place in Lough Barnagrove where the Monaghan Sub Aqua team will be present on the day. A water safety team will be in place using kayaks and safety boats.



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The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge

This unique fun event starts at Gallonray House, Cootehill with a 5k run/walk, followed by a 1k kayak race, then a run a short distance to  the Bike Transition area and finishing with a 15k cycle. The emphasis is on FUN, so whether you are an experienced athlete looking for a serious challenge or a total beginner looking for a bit of 'craic' then you will not want to miss this event.

The race is open to individuals or if you feel all three events may be too much... why not enter a relay team of three to share the load?


Course Map:

GPS co-ordinates: 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362

Entrant Info:

>>> Click here <<<

The Cavan Kayakarun Challenge XL

The Cavan Kayakarun XL is a more challenging route.The XL route starts with the 5k run, followed by a 2k kayak, then a 5k cross-country trail run called the 'Ring Fort Run' back to the transition area at Gallonray House; concluding with a 54k cycle stage.

The Cavan Kayakarun is a local community event, and with the generous help of local people, we can guarantee a well marshalled and a safe passage for all the competitors.

Alongside that there is a great social attraction with music in Gallonray House, on the Friday and also on the Saturday night after the event. The music is usually a mix of traditional and regular. There is a buffet meal for purchase after the event. Also complimentary teas/coffee and treats for all entrants.

The Cavan Kayakarun Junior Challenge

The junior event consists of male, female,and relay teams with following categories: ages 12-14yrs,14-16yrs and 16-18yrs.

It will begin with 600 metre kayak at Barnagrow lake followed by 5k run back to Gallonray House and finally a 12.5k cycle.


The Junior Event begins at 12 mid-day sharp before the main event and is in a different event sequence to the senior events.

Registration on the day of the event only.

Costs: Individual €10 & Teams €20.


So come to County Cavan on Saturday 8th August  and make it a weekend to remember for all the family.


Course Map:

GPS co-ordinates: 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362

Entrant Info:

>>> Click here <<<


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