New Association for Adventure Racing in Ireland


Dear Adventure Racers,

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

All adventure-racing enthusiasts are invited to come along to our inaugural meeting of ARI which is planned to be held this October. At this meeting, we will be discussing and adopting the constitution for the new association and electing an Executive Committee. We would also hope to have this meeting available online via Zoom for others to view but nominations and voting for positions on the Executive Committee can only extend to those attending the meeting on the day.

Please note that we are asking all people who are able to attend this meeting either in person or online to register here.

After the inaugural meeting, we hope to be in a position to open for members to join Adventure Racing Ireland. The first year’s membership fee will cover members to the end of 2021 and will be between €25 and €35 (to be decided by incoming committee).
We hope, over time to be able to offer members access to discounts to races, events and retailers, training opportunities as well as a welcoming gift.

If you are interested and available to take on a role on the Executive Committee of the new association, please get in touch in advance of the inaugural meeting in October and if you are in a position to offer any other assistance or support, we would love to hear from you.

Cheers for now, and if you have any questions please get in touch via email to, and again if you wish to attend the meeting in October or to join via zoom, please register to do so.

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