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Ireland’s Newest Outdoor CHALLENGE

Saturday 25th April 2020

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

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“WATER”

25th April 2020

4 Challenges - 4 Seasons

AIR • WATER • SUN • FIRE

The 4 Celtic Seasons of this Ancient Land

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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GENERAL FAQs

WHAT IS FEEL THE BURREN?

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

IS THERE A MASS START?

No, there will be a number of starting waves with up to 50 participants in each wave. You choose your preferred wave start time when you register for the event and can double check this on your return email.

CAN I CHOOSE MY START TIME?

Yes, when you are registering, you will be asked which wave you want to start in. Once each wave is full you will need to choose another wave. You can double check the wave you have registered for on the return email.

CAN I CHANGE MY START TIME?

We will do what we can to try and get you into another wave. Please email [email protected] as early as possible and we will see what we can do to help you out!

MUST I WEAR A WRISTBAND?

Yes. Wristbands are available for collection onsite on the morning of the event. You must collect and sign for your Wristband at least 35 MINUTES before your allocated Wave Start Time. Your unique Wristband, which you must wear to be allowed into the Starting Pen, will be coloured according to your wave.

Anyone who arrives after their allocated Collection Time will need to wait until we get you into another wave.  

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 update the details of your team members. When you register a Team online you need to send your colleagues the username and password and tell them the time of wave you run in.   

Please email if you have an issues signing up.

[email protected]

WILL I GET WET? DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM?

On our Water challenge you may get wet.  You do not need to be able to swim.  You can walk around the water obstacles if you are not comfortable in doing them. 

WILL I GET COLD?

Part of the Feel the Burren challenge is overcoming the elements, as well as the obstacles. The course is designed to keep you constantly on the move so you shouldn't get cold. Hopefully the weather is on our side!.

WILL I NEED HELP AT SOME CHALLENGES?

No matter how strong or tall you are, you are going to need the help of your fellow colleagues (or our course marshals) at various parts of the course. Don't be afraid to ask someone for a booster or helping hand - just make sure you turn around and replicate the favour when you get to the top!

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.

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 each Feel the Burren challenge, depending on the length of the course. This cut-off time will be communicated to all participants beforehand, as well during the pre-run Safety Briefing. 

If you have not made it to a particular obstacle by a certain time, one of our Safety Marshals will assist you off the course. 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 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 @ [email protected] and we will help you as best we can. 

STARTING FAQs

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY WRISTBAND?

You need a coloured wristband to be allowed into your allocated Starting Wave. Wristbands are collected at the venue on the day of the event. Give yourself at least 35 minutes before your allocated wave start time to get yourself parked, sign for your wristband and familiarize yourself with the site. 

WHAT DO I GET WHEN I SIGN IN?

On the morning of your event, you must sign in and collect your colour-coded wristband from Registration. You need this wristband to enter the start area.

You will also receive your Feel the Burren T-shirt.

WHAT DO I NEED TO COLLECT MY WRISTBAND?

Bring a printed copy of your Confirmation Email which you received when you originally registered for the event.

ON THE DAY FAQs

WHERE DO I PARK?

All parking is onsite at the Venue.

 

IS THERE A CAR PARKING CHARGES?

Yes.

Please Car Pool as this is more social, environmentally friendly and ensures parking for all. There is charge of €10 per car.

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 carpooling.  

WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY KIT BAG?

At each of our events, we have a safe designated area for bags and belongings.  

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

BROCHURES & POSTERS

If you would like some brochures or posters for one of our upcoming events, drop an email to [email protected] and we will send you a link, allowing you print them off at your own convenience.

ANY QUESTIONS OR NEEDS

Email Mary at [email protected] with any query you may have.

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