National AR Points Series:
Q) What is the ROAR Race?
A) It is a multisport event designed to cater for both experienced and lesser experienced sports people.
Q) What Are Race Categories for the ROAR?
A) The categories for the Achill ROAR are:
Link to Route Map HERE
Q) What are the disciplines and distances in the ROAR Race?
A) Running – Mainly off road ( 5km Mini, 8km Sports or 16km Expert)
Cycling – On Tarmac (12km Mini, 22km Sports or 45 km Expert)
Swimming Or Paddling a Double Sit on Top Kayak (Kayak Equipment Provided) Or Paddling your own Single kayak (Bringing your own PFD and paddle)
Swim - ~200m Mini, ~400m Sports or ~1000m Expert
Paddling - ~700m Mini, ~1200m Sports or ~2500m Expert
NOTE:- Exact distances for the swim and paddle will be finalised dependent on weather and prevailing lake conditions to give a fair match between a good swimmer and a pair of good paddlers in the double sit on top kayaks being provided with an allowance for swimmers to remove wetsuits after the swim - if you are a poor swimmer you should probably opt for the kayaking
Q) What is the cost of entry?
Group Discount for 4 - 6 (10%), 7-9 ( 15%), 10+ (20%) - discount applied before you pay
Spot prizes only will be awarded in the Mini ROAR event to avoid it being targeted as easy pickings
Costs Quoted are fully Inclusive of All Entry Charges for the online entry system provider and €2 from each entry fee will be donated to local causes
Our entry fee structure is designed to encourage participants to come and join us in beautiful Achill for a great event.
Entry fees are non transferrable or refundable except when optional refund insurance has been purchased when registering
Q) Is entry cost inclusive of the on-line entry system provider’s commission?
A) Yes – Your entry cost is inclusive of this commission!Q) What are categories for prizes?
A) For Sports Solo and Expert Solo categories there will be prizes for first 3 Male / Females in Open and first Vet (Over 40 ) Categories. Spot prizes only will be awarded for Mini ROAR event to avoid this event being targeted by experiences athletes.
Should a Vet be eligible for an Open prize they will have the choice of taking either that or their category prize but not both.
Should they elect to take the Open class prize, the next placed Vet will recieve their prize, etc
It is anticipated that in addition to these prizes there will be some good spot prizes available for all participants attending our after event Prizegiving and the now legendary after Race Party in Gielty's starting at 9pm on Saturday night.
Free shuttle busses will be provided to and from the party venue at Gielties.
Pure Magic will also be hosting a race party at their great base close to Keel lough for those looking for a more laid back and lower key way to celebrate the weekend
Q) What Type of Terrain is the running section in the ROAR Race?
A) For the all categories, 100% of this section is off road
Trail shoes are definitely recommended for sport and expert events though if the mountain is dry and you are a competent off road runner then regular road runners may be ok - Your risk and your choice but trail shoes should be of advantage.
The run section for both sport and expert categories will be a mix of coastal sand, grass, open mountain and some rock.
For the Mini event the run will be completely flat over grass and beach sand and pebbles terrain.- Regular runners should be ok
Q) What Type of Terrain is the Biking section in the ROAR Race?
A) For both all events the terrain will be tarmac roads for which any type of roadworthy bicycle can be used.
The Mini category will hav eno significant climbs or descents
The Sport category will be somewhat undulating but have no major climbing sections
The Expert category will have a few decent climbs and descents - time trial bikes are not recommended
Please only elect to use tri bars on a bike if you are experienced and competent in using them !
Q) Is there somewehere locally that I can hire a bike?
A) There are several bike hire providers in the Achill area that are listed on the Achill Tourism website
Achill Lodge have hybrid bikes for ROAR (€15/day or €25 for 2 days) that are suitable for the race.
If you aim to be competing at the front of the field we suggest you bring your own and ensure it is in good working order
Q) Can Anyone Take Part?
A) YES - The competitors in this event are not expected to be professional racers but ordinary people wishing to take part in not just a race but an adventure, an experience and a test of themselves.
The Expert category in particular is a tough event and should only be attempted by those that have trained for this challenge.
The Sport category is a more achievable level for novices and beginners to tackle and complete.
The Mini category is aimed at beginners who have little or indeed no previous competitive experience in similar events
We are likely to have several wave starts for both expert and sport categories and these will be allocated to Elite, Runnere and Jogger/Walker levels as selected at on-line registration stage
A single wave start is likely for the Mini ROAR competitors
We guarantee that the feeling of accomplishment when you finish the event in whatever category will be second to none and one that will have you telling stories for a long time to come long after the race and party are finish.
Q) Is the event Safe?
A) Safety is paramount for this event.
All racers are required to follow all rules of the road over the entire course - stopping at stop signs, staying to the left, obeying the instructions of Gardaí, marshals, etc.
The event will have a full set of rules most of which are aimed at the safety of everyone - racers, event crew and the public.
Your entry to the Achill Roar event is conditional upon your agreement to follow these rules
Q) Can you tell me where and when are the starts is for the Sport and Expert Races?
A) All waves will start beside Race Transition area on Keel Beach (First wave at 1000 hrs)
Briefing will take place 10 mins before each wave start at Keel Beach.
Wave Starting Times
The Wave Starts are as follows:
Wave 1 at 10.00 – Expert Course – Elite
Wave 2 at 10.30 - Expert Course - Runners and Joggers
Wave 3 at 11.00 – Sports Course – Elite and some Runners
Wave 4 at ~11.30 – Sports Course – Runners
Wave 5 at ~12.00 – Sports Course – Some runners and all Joggers
Wave 6 at ~12.30 – Mini Course – all Runners and Joggers
Race briefing will take place 10 mins before each wave start at start area
If you are late and miss your wave start you will be premitted to start in a later wave and your race time will reflect this but this must be arranged with the start officials to avoid the possibility of a shortage of kayaks.
If you wish to race with family or friends int he same wave we will permit some degree of wave swapping on race day morning Where Space in Other Waves Permits.
Q) What are the Race Sign on / Check-in times?
Race Sign Onon wed and Thursday may be available - Details will be confirmed nearer to the race date
Final Race Sign On chance is at ROAR Race HQ in Gieltys on Fri 6th Sept from 17.00 to 22.30:
This is approx 2.5 km from Keel beach transition area.
Friday 6th September - 17.00 – 22.30 hrs – All participants are requested to Sign on by 22.30 on Friday evening
Saturday 7th September – 08.30 to 09.00 hrs for Expert Category - exceptional cases only please
08.30 to 09.30 hrs for Sport/ Mini Category .- exceptional cases only please
There will be no opportuntiy to sinn on at the race start / finish area on Saturday - Race Sign On Only at Gieltys
Racking of bikes and placing of gear in the transition area can take place anytime after 0830 hrs on Sat for all categories
All Expert bikes should be in place in transition by 09.45
All Sport Bikes should be in place in transition by 10.15 if possible
All Mini Bikes should be in place by 11.00 if possible
Bike and helmet inspection will take place before entry is permitted to the transition area and label with your race number will be placed on your bike.
Access to transitions area is only possible by presentation of your race number to marshalls.
Race Briefing will take place 10 mins before the start of each wave
Please Note: Nothing is sent to you in the post before the event, everything you require to take part in the event is issued at race sign on at the Race Sign On at ROAR Race HQ in Gielties
Q) Where and when is the Race Party?
A) The official race party is in Gieltys on Saturday evening kicking off with the prize presentation at 9am.
Free shuttle busses will be running throughout the evening to and from Gielties
This year we will again have Fancy dress party so please do dress up/ down and join in the fun - Prizes for best costumes
There are of course lots of other party venues through out the island and we encourage you to explore and enjoy all that the island has to offer during your stay for the weekend or hopefully longer.
Pure Magic in particular is recommended for those looking for a more laid back party venue close to Keel Lough
Q) Can I take part in any of the events and raise money for a Charity?
A) Yes, you are more than welcome to enter any of the categories and raise money for your chosen charity.We will be making a donation of €2 from every entry received to a local cause.
You may chose to raise money from your participation in the event for any charity but this is a personal decision and there is no minimum sponsorship requirement to enter or participate in the ROAR race.
Q) Do I get a Race Shirt?
A) Yes - a quality ROAR top is included as part of your entry
Exact Size top may not be possible for Late Entries - Priority will be given to those that enter before 31st August
Q) Can you let me know if there is a map available which shows the route on it?
A) The route map is posted on the home page of the web site
Maps of the route will be issued to all participants at race check-in.
Q) Is there a lower age limit for the event?
A) Yes, the minimum age for the event is 18.
Q) What age qualifies as Vet category?
A) We will have Over 40 Vet classes for both Male & Female
Over 40 Category will apply to anyone born on or before 6th September 1974
Q) Can you bring your own solo racing kayak or do you have to use one of the sit on top kayaks provided?
A) For 2014 you may bring your own single kayak if you wish to do so
You must also bring your own paddle and PFD if you are electing to bring your own kayak!
Elite athletes wishing to hire single Kayaks can do so by contacting email@example.com (087-8307214)
Everyone else will have to use the double sit-on-top kayaks provided by the organisers unless you are swimming
Q) Will there be time outs during the race.
A) We do not plan on having any time outs as we will have sufficient boats available for each wave.
Q) Will the course be achievable with little or no Kayaking Experience?
The kayaking is likely to be new to many of the competitors taking part.
We're using sit-on-top kayaks so you are not strapped in and steering is quite easy.
There will be safety marshals on the water to keep an eye on you also.
Everyone will have a buoyancy aid on them to assist them should they fall off.
If you should fall off (and there is no reason to do this) you should be able to climb back on board again and continue.
Q) Are Wets Suits mandatory for the Swim?
Competitors will have a choice to use a wetsuit for the swim if they so wish - wetsuits are recommended but not mandatory.
The approximate water temperature in Keel Lough where the swim and paddle section will take place is expected to be in the region of 12-14 deg C in early September.
Q) Will the Kayak and swim take place together?
A) The Kayak and Swim Stage will take place in the same place but on separate courses to avoid swimmers coming into direct contact with kayaks.
Q) Where will the Kayak and swim stages take place?
A) The swim and kayak stage will take place in Keel Lough.
Q) How will the swim / kayak distances be decided on to give a "Fair" race?
A) The exact lengths of the Swim and Kayak Sections will be such as to try to match them both based of equivalent abilities - i.e. - 2 Good Paddlers in a sit on top Vs Good Swimmer
This will include an allowance for a swimmer to start the race with a wet suit on and to finish this section by either wearing or carrying the wetsuit from the swim exit to the transition area which must be "Visited" by all competitors between the Water and Run sections. Allowance will be made for swift removal of a wetsuit after the swim or in transition.
A small area will be provided at the swim entry / exit point for any swimmers that might wish to use trainers for the run from and back to the transition area.
Q) Is there a mandatory kit list
A) Yes – This list is basic, is selected for your safety and comprises of the following:
You will need a small rucksack or suitable bumbag to carry kit if you cannot carry on your person in pockets, etc
You will NOT need to bring this Kit with you on the first Kayak / Swim Leg
You will need to bring it with you on the Run and Bike sactions
* We'll let you know at Race Checkin on Friday night if these additional items are needed for the expert race - weather forecast dependent.
Pre-race, during and post races checks may be undertaken in relation to Mandatory Kit.
No external support food, kit, assistance with repairs is permitted during the event - Vocal support is of course permitted
Penalties will be imposed. - These will range from standing time penalties of 2 or 5 minutes to disqualification in the case of serious and/or blatent disregard for the mandatory kit and/ or any other rules.
Penalties will be at the discretion of the organisers. - This Kit is for Your Safety - Please Comply or Risk Being Disqualified!
Q) Can you give me a breakdown of the distances?
A) Approximate course distances and order of the disciplines are:
Short Run (~600m) to Start of Swim/ Kayak Section
Swim 200m or Kayak 700m
Return Run to Transition Area (~600m)
Run 4km (Beach and grass)
Bike 12km (Mainly flat tarmac)
Short Dash (~100m) to Finish on foot
Short Run to Start of Swim/ Kayak
Swim 400m or Kayak 1200m
Run 8km (Mainly Beach and Grass with a short section of mountain in middle - trail shoes recommended
Bike 22km ( all tarmac roads - undulating)
Short Beach Dash to Finish (Run)
Short Run to Start of Swim
Swim 1000m or Kayak 2500m
Run 15km ( Mix of beach, Grass and Open mountain including a ascent to Summit of Croghan (644m) and descent on offroad mountain terrain - Trail shoes strongl yrecommended
Short Beach Dash to Finish (Run)
Q) Are dogs allowed on the course?
A) NO - The route is not suitable for dogs (even if on a lead) either during training or in the race itself due to the presence of grazing sheep throughout the island.
Your entry to the event is conditional on you observing this strictly.
Q) What will I Wear ?
Yes that is the question we ask ourselves when we are about to take on an Adventure Race.
Will I be warm enough or will I be too warm?
What if it rains?
All these questions so what is the sensible and most practical gear to wear.
Rule number one anything you wear on race day should be tried and tested beforehand.
No it is not the day to take out the shiny new trail runners that your beloved bought for you. Comfort is vital especially for those longer distances.
Let’s start with tops. If it’s early or late season and there is a nip in the air a thin breathable base layer is good. Over that a bike shirt is a good choice because of the pockets for food, survival gear and light jacket. A full zip is useful as you can ventilate better with it. Your light jacket should be waterproof and will also keep the wind out. If you are not inclined to use a base layer arm warmers are also useful for an early start in a race and can be taken off easily as you warm up, put in bike top pockets, etc.
Shorts are the next part of the outfit. Lycra and not the old GAA shorts are the recommendation. This should have a bit of “protection” for the bike but not the full on cycling shorts as they can become a bit awkward and rub especially on long runs when wet or sweaty. Some shorts have pockets which are useful for holding gels.
Good footwear is key to comfortable and secure running. Trail shoes are a must as the terrain can vary a great deal during a race. Good socks which fit snugly are a good investment.
On the cooler days compression socks will give you a bit of extra warmth and protection if the route entails gorse.
A very useful bit of kit is a buff. It will keep the head warm when used as a headband of Beanie. It can be put down your shirt on the bike to keep your chest and core warm on a downhill bike or exposed mountain section and it can be also worn on the wrist as a sweat band.
Finally a pair of fingerless gloves are good to have. A bit of protection from the elements and just in case you slip on the runs they will save the hands.
It will be a bit of trial and error and some things will work differently for folk but the main thing is to find out what works for you in training so that you can just get on with enjoying your race.
Details of Achill 2014 Race top to be Provided shortly - FYI these were the Achill 2013 Race Hoodies: