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M.A.D. Wave Information

MAD 2018 Overview

The Milford and District Adventure Race Donegal also known as MAD, is an Adventure Race for all levels set in the heart of Donegal, just 10 minutes from Letterkenny. The event offers 2 courses to challenge all capabilities and expectations, a 29k Sprint course or the ultimate 59k full course. The Sprint course starts of with a fast 5k run, followed by a 1k kayak around the extraordinary island on Mulroy Bay. This is then followed by a scenic country side cycle on tarmac roads through kerrykeel making their way back to Milford via Ray over a 22k cycle where competitor's finish with a 1k run back to base at the Milford park. The Full course begins with a 10k run, followed by a 2k kayak around the spectacular island's of Mulroy Bay. Competitors then take on a more challenging 43k Cycle taking in the Famous Knockalla Climb allowing for some stunning views of Donegals Wild Atlantic Way. However mid cycle, Competitors must complete a 3k Trail run up and around the Windmills on the breath taking Glenvar Hills before making their way back to Milford via Rathmullen for a final 1k run to the finish. Now entering its second year, the MAD Adventure Race Donegal is already considered one of the top adventure races in Donegal and indeed the biggest scheduled for this Summer 2018 and undoubtly is set to grow in popularity. Last year in its inaugural event seen some 300 competitors take to the line with this year's Numbers set to hit the maximum 350.

It simple to enter, just register online by following the link at the top of the page or send your details to me, Hugh Coll, Milford AC, Glenkeen, Milford, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal or contact me on

086 8313730

Best Regards


Not for profit

The MAD Adventure Race Donegal is a unique Non profit event where all proceeds go directly to the Milford Park Development fund that is the home to 3 local Competitive clubs including Gaa, Soccer and Athletics. The event creates an opportunity for the 3 club's to work together and generates an fantastic community spirit within the area, something that can be felt by all throughout the event. The event aims to create a positive, welcoming atmosphere to all involved and is aided by a DJ at the start/Finish area, offering a fun and family friendly day out, either by taking part or indeed supporting family and friends.

On completion of each event, Competitors will be awarded with a bespoke MAD Adventure Race Donegal Finishers Medal and also this year's competitors will also benefit from an Exclusive MAD Technical T-Shirt. Sports massage is available to competitors on completion of the event followed by Hot Food and Refreshments for each competitor. Prizes are offered to overall winners and also a selection of Age categories in both events. Prizes will be presented to respective winners at the MAD After Party that evening following the event, where competitors can mingle and exchange their race experiences in a rewarding atmosphere of music, refreshments and with a sense of accomplishment. Last years event was generously supported by a range of local and indeed national sponsors.

As all proceeds go directly towards a community project hosting 3 competitive clubs, creates an ideal opportunity for sponsors to showcase their business to a broad captive audience. Potential businesses are encouraged to get involved and help support this growing event. This year's event will be held on Saturday 21st July 2018. Competitors will be able to enter online from Saturday 24th March. An early bird offer will be available until April 30th.

*For anyone else who would like to come on board to support the event and raise awareness of your business, please get in touch with a member of our team or the Moyle View Park Development Committee.


Some snaps from our 2017 event

MAD Adventure Race 2017

Cathy - Donegal

What a race! Very challenging but worth it! Very well organised and marshalled.. the locals were great.. plenty of support along the route.. it makes such a difference when you're feeling the pain! Love the medal and the atmosphere at the finish line was brilliant! Well done to everyone involved

Stewart - Belfast

Travelled from Belfast to have a go at the long course, second Adventure Race and it did not disappoint! Amazing course, challenging, well marshalled and organised throughout. Highly recommended.

Joseph - Derry

Great race enjoyed ever minute of it. Really friendly bunch of guys and the stewards was very sportive always knew were we were going Ohh and I love the medal. Thanks guys will be back for defs.



FRIDAY - Evening Before

REGISTRATION Registration will take place in Moyle View Park 7:00pm - 9:00pm
You wil be issued your timing chip, race number and bicycle sticker. Please ensure to complete registration before bike drop.

BIKE DROP Situated on lay-by on Main Milford to Kerrykeel road 7:00pm - 22:00pm.
NOTE: There is limited parking at transition, please be vigilant of other road users and always adhere to the rules of the road. Please move on once bike drop is completed, to avoid unnecessary delay or obstruction.

* Late Registration will only be considered for those travelling from outside the county


LATE REGISTRATION - Opens 07:00am (Pre-approved competitors only)
LATE BIKE DROP - Closes 08:00am (Pre-approved competitors only)

Race Start: 08:00am

Full Course:
Wave 1 (Competitive / Elite) 8:00am
Wave 2 8:50am
Wave 3 9:40am

Race Start: 08:00am

Sprint Course:
Wave 1 (Competitive / Elite) 10:50am
Wave 2 11:20am
Wave 3 11:50am

SATURDAY - Post Race

Refreshments, DJ and post race massage will be available at the start / finish area from 10:30am. Shower facilities will be available at Moyle View Park complex (Start/Finish area)

Transition opens from 11am - 3pm, located on the main Milford - Letterkenny road, 1km from finish.

Please follow marshal's instructions and be courteous of fellow competitors still active in the event. Remember you must have your corresponding race number following the event to collect your bike. No exceptions.
Transition will close at 3.00pm sharp, all personal belongings will be removed from transition area prior to this.

Prize Giving
Lennon Lodge, Rathmelton @ 8pm, followed by M.A.D. after party.
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Still haven't decided on The MAD Adventure Race Donegal?

Check out our promo video and see what's in store on the day. Don't forget to "sign up" before the 30th of June and join the madness of adventure racing.

M.A.D. 59K Course

Run 10k. Kayak 2k. Cycle 24k. Trail run 2.5k. Cycle 19.5k 1k Run

M.A.D. Sprint Course

5.5k Run . 1k Kayak. 21.5k cycle. 1k Run.