New Association for Adventure Racing in Ireland


Dear Adventure Race Enthusiast,

We are delighted to announce some exciting news for the sport of adventure racing on the island of Ireland.

Over the past few months a number of adventure racing enthusiasts have come together to explore the idea of establishing a representative body for the sport of adventure racing in Ireland. We have all enjoyed the sport for years and we all believe that the sport needs a formal structure for it to develop and grow over the coming years. A working group was formed and after much work over the past three months and we are now are now ready to launch Adventure Racing Ireland (ARI).

ARI will aim to bring the adventure racing community throughout the island of Ireland to work collectively to develop the sport. It aims to develop and promote standards and good practice for the sport, will work to expand and develop a calendar of AR races, will provide training opportunities for members and support the setup of adventure racing clubs. The vision, mission and objectives of the new association are all set out in a draft constitution, and we invite everyone to read this on the new website

Following a fair amount of work over the past few months, the small working group that have been working on this project are now ready to hold an inaugural meeting. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 travel restriction we need to hold this meeting online using Zoom.

The plan is to hold this meeting on the 18th of October at 7pm.

We now invite you to attend this meeting on the 18th of October by registering on this link below

At this inaugural meeting we primarily plan to:

Adopt a new constitution and

Elect an Executive Committee with the following positions:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • General Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Team Adventure Race Officer (TAR Officer)
  • Solo Adventure Race Officer (SAR Officer)
  • Events Coordinator and Development Officer
  • Communications and Public Relations Officer
  • Environment and Access Officer
  • 2 Ordinary Members

All of this information and more regarding the history of our sport , our vision and goals for the future, etc are available on our new website we have established

If you are interested in putting yourself forward for any position on the Executive Committee or can assist in any other way, we would be most grateful if you would get in touch before the 18th by emailing us at

We appreciate that this is an ambitious undertaking, but we feel strongly that the interest on our sport is there from people all over Ireland. A structure like this is necessary for the sport to develop and grow in Ireland. This is particularly evident in this past 6 months where we have had no representation in discussions with relevant authorities, etc.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support and hopefully we will see you on the 18th October at 7pm – the meeting is planned to take at most 90 mins.

Yours in adventure racing,


ARI Working Group

Cormac MacDonnell, Paul Mahon, Lorraine Horan, Linda O Connor, Ivan Park, Mark Cummins, Padraig O Connor, Pat Callaghan, Heather Snelgar, Patrick Ward, Eoghan Carton and Brendan O’Brien