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The Kerry Way Ultra Race Information

Length of route:
Approximately 120 miles/200km (Killarney to Killarney loop).

Where & When:
Start - The Killarney Racecourse at 6am on Friday, September 2nd and finish before 10pm on Saturday, September 3rd 2022 at The Killarney Racecourse.

Cut-off time:
Waterville, 4am Saturday and Kenmare 4pm Saturday.

Number of places:
Limited places available.

Registration for Kerry Way Ultra 2022 will only be possible for competitors who hold the necessary qualifications - completion of 2 marathons or 1 x 50mile ultra or 1 x 100k ultra in the previous calendar year. Please note: No refunds can be given or deferrals accepted.

Portwest, 94 New Street, Killarney from 5pm to 7pm on the Thursday before the weekend, with a Questions & Answers session at 7pm.
We will go through the entire route with all competitors and support crews at 7pm.

There will be an UltraBrunch and Prizegiving on Sunday after the event at The Killarney Racecourse from 11am until 1pm

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 Community Centre
6. Sneem Community Centre
7. The Vestry Car Park, Templenoe
8. Kenmare Butter Market

There will be a Bag Drop at Lord Brandon's Cottage, Black Valley which will be the responsibility of The Kerry Way Ultra committee.

No Support Crew vehicles allowed off The Ring of Kerry road, excepting Climbers Inn, Glencar.

Distances between Crew Stops
Killarney to Lord Brandons Cottage: 24km
Lord Brandons Cottage to Glencar: 22km
Glencar to Glenbeigh: 14km
Glenbeigh to Gortmore: 16km
Gortmore to Waterville: 24km
Waterville to Caherdaniel: 15km
Caherdaniel to Sneem: 18km
Sneem to Templenoe: 22km
Templenoe to Kenmare: 15km
Kenmare to Killarney: 25km

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)
• Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer
• Gloves, Hat
• Water and spare food

Drop Bags:
Kerry Way Ultra will provide transportation for Drop Bags to Lord Brandon's Cottage for all competitors (due to very limited motor access). It will also provide transportation for Drop Bags to the locations specified on the Support Crew Map for crewless competitors, please keep the bags small. Those with Crews are asked not to use this facility.

Drop Bags must be waterproof, securely tied and labelled with the competitors name and number. In the case of competitors with Support Crew, only one bag (Lord Brandon's Cottage) will be accepted. In the case of crewless competitors, the bags must also be labelled with the Support Crew Stop name (ie. Foilmore, Glenbeigh, etc.) They must be deposited at the Drop Bag section of Registration on Thursday evening*

The Drop Bags will be returned to the Killarney Racecourse as soon as possible and it will be the responsibility of each competitor to claim their own bag or allocate someone else to do it for them. They have to be picked up on Sunday before 1pm.

Do not leave valuables in the Drop Bags.

Kerry Way Ultra is not responsible for lost or damaged drop bags and their contents.

*Your Drop Bags are essential - help us help you by following the instructions above.


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!).

Please see our VOLUNTEERS page if you would like to help.

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