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Ireland’s Newest Outdoor CHALLENGE

Saturday 18th of June

It’s time to go back to the Land & Feel The Burren

Saturday 18th of June 2022

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Shaped by mother nature for millions of years, the Glacio-Karst landscape lying on the Western Atlantic Coastline, provides a unique setting for our challenge.

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Nestled on the lowlands of a working farm, the race rises majestically into the rock, covering 10kms in total. Starting off on Arthur's Field in beautiful Burren grasslands, competitors run through ancient stone paddocks and fields, through hedgerows and along lines of Silver Birch trees.

The trail brings the runner through Burren scrubland and reveals the next stage of the course. Higher ground lies ahead in the distance, as the run opens up into natural rises of multiple Clare Drumlins, onwards and higher. The course enters a huge field known to locals as The Pans,  up ahead in the distance, a pair of ancient Ash trees, standing high and majestic on their own, the sister trees of Niamh & Máire.

Then the trail pushes on towards Bouleevin, the Hill, the punishing rise to the top of this ancient land. The scenery changes on the higher ground, the view stretches out for miles and miles over Clare and Galway.

Finally at the Summit, the runners must pass through the 20ft High Standing Dolmen, facing North West accepting the Celtic Sun. The Bell of Bouleevin must be rung at the Dolmen, signalling the hill has been climbed.  High up away from it all, in one of Ireland's most unique places, clean air, fresh winds,  wide open Burren Sky, a place to Feel The Burren.

Down the hill the course continues, back to the lowlands, and the finishing line awaits. Competitors end this amazing 10kms by striding up and onto “The Standing Stone“ a 15 ton, 25 foot piece of the Burren Limestone, throw your arms aloft, and say

“I felt the Burren"

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THINGS TO KNOW

WHAT IS FEEL THE BURREN?

Feel the Burren is an off-road challenge, featuring naturally-occurring obstacles over a variety of terrain, on a 10km course.

IS THERE A MASS START?

Yes, I would encourage people who are taking it easier then runners to stay towards the back as it is a working farm so the group will be going through some gateways.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

HANDS: if wearing gloves use fingerless as full gloves will hold water.

UPPERBODY & ARMS: Tight clothes, compression tops, long sleeves for obstacles. 

LEGS: leggings or compression bottoms. Shorts. Tight clothes

FEET: trail runners are best. Astro shoes have nice grip as well. Runners are ok but that bit more slippy.

WHAT ARE MY TEAM LOGIN DETAILS FOR?

Team login details allow you to update the details of your team members. When you register a Team online you need to send your colleagues the username and password.   

Please email if you have an issues signing up.

feeltheburren@gmail.com

ARE SPECTATORS ALLOWED?

Unfortunately due to insurance terms and conditions, it does not cover anyone that is not signed up to do the challenge to be on our premises.

WILL I NEED HELP AT SOME CHALLENGES?

We do not have any man made obstacles due to Covid 19 but we have some natural ones that can be tricky so take your time if you are finding them difficult.

SHOULD I CARRY WATER?

Not unless it's in a hands-free container. There will be water stations on the course so make sure you take the time to rehydrate at these stops. We also provide water at the Finish Line.

Please dispose of your cups in the bins provided as this course takes place on a working farm.

CAN I LISTEN TO MY MUSIC DURING THE EVENT?

Music would be an unnecessary burden.

The purpose of Feel the Burren is to open all your senses to the beauty and sounds surrounding you while you are on your challenge. There will be music at the gathering area to help build your enthusiasm.

IS THERE A CUT OFF TIME?

Yes. For Health & Safety reasons, there is a cut-off time for the Feel the Burren challenge. This cut-off time will be communicated to all participants beforehand, as well during the pre-run Safety Briefing. 

Please note that the site will also close soon after the course shuts down so please make sure you bring all belongings with you.

WHAT AGE MUST I BE TO TAKE PART?

For insurance purposes, you must be over 18 to  participate in Feel the Burren.
Everyone will have completed a consent Form, which is available when you sign up.
Due to the strict insurance criteria for Feel the Burren, any participant who looks 23 or under will be asked for valid ID at Registration. Failure to produce a valid ID will result in non-participation. Please make sure you bring the appropriate documents with you.

WILL THERE BE ELECTRONIC TIMING USED?

No. There are no timing chips or official times as Feel the Burren is a challenge, not a race. For those wishing to record their times may do so on their own accord.

ARE THERE OFFICIAL PHOTOS?

Yes. Our team photographers are strategically placed around the course to capture your movements over, under, through and around the various obstacles. We take many of photos at each Feel the Burren and post them all on our Facebook page and Instagram Page in the days afterwards.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

We are located 6 miles from Kinvara,

8 miles from Gort

15 miles from Ballyvaughan

and 30 minutes from both Ennis and Galway City.

You can check from these links below to find a place to stay. 

Discover Ireland website

www.booking.com

ww.trivago.ie  

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I CANNOT DO THE EVENT?

There is a no refund policy but email our team at feeltheburren@gmail.com and we will help you as best we can. 

ON THE DAY

WHERE DO I SIGN IN?

On the morning of the event you should follow the signs to the registration desk. You will need to show your Confirmation Email which you received when you originally registered for the event. When you are all signed in you will receive your Feel the Burren T-shirt.

Please allow yourself at least 35minutes to sign in and enjoy to atmosphere before the challenge.

WHERE DO I PARK?

All parking is onsite at the Venue, there will be marshals to assist you.

The Eircode is H91N1W6, so follow that and you will find your way. 

IS THERE A CAR PARKING CHARGES?

Yes.

There is charge of €5 per car. which you need to include when purchasing your Feel The Burren ticket.

Please Note: There is a limited amount of spaces so please car pool where you can.

There is NO parking charge for Buses and coaches.

Our aim is to reduce the number of cars accessing the Feel the Burren venue by encouraging people to carpool, which is both socially and environmentally friendly. 

WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY KIT BAG?

We do not have any facilities for you to leave your belongings as this is a course set up along a working farm, so we encourage you to leave your stuff locked in your car.

We will have a box at registration that you can leave your car keys at if necessary.

ARE THERE CHANGING FACILITIES?

Yes, there are separate Male and Female Changing Areas available before and after the challenge.

ARE THERE SHOWERS?

There will be a Wash Down Area for you to rinse off.

Remember that this is a working farm so do not expect luxury!

Also, because of the potential dangers they can cause to the environment, you cannot bring shampoos or gels into the Wash Down Area - it is essentially water only!

CONTACT US

ANY QUESTIONS OR NEEDS

Email Josephine at feeltheburren@gmail.com with any query you may have.

THE ROUTE

The route is coming very soon.....

 

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