What is the Monte Challenge?

A 1 day multi-adventure race on 7th September 2024 which welcomes experienced athletes and beginners. The race is by foot (run/hike/walk) and by bike and takes in the Wild Atlantic Way and the Bluestack Mountains. The race starts and finishes at the Community Centre, Mountcharles, Co. Donegal. The event is organised by a voluntary committee and in aid of 3 local organisations (St. Naul’s GAA, St. Peter’s National School, The Bluestack Foundation).

There are 3 routes to choose from: The Full Monte 57km (run, cycle, hike) | The Half Monte 28km (run, cycle) | The Little Monte 5km (walk/run).

You can enter as an individual or as a team. A Full Monte team is made up of three people: 1 cyclist, 1 runner, 1 hiker/runner for Leg 3 (Carnaween Mountain). A Half Monte team is made up of two people: 1 runner and 1 cyclist. Teams can be mixed male/female. 1 team member registers the team details through the registration portal. 

Online and Race Registration Info and Timings

Saturday 17th August, 21:00 – closing date for online registration to secure your event entry for the Full and Half Monte. Full and Half Monte event entries cannot be purchased on the day of the race. Little Monte registration/event entries can be purchased online and in person, Friday 6th September, 18:00-21:00 and Saturday 7th September, 6:30am-9am. 

Friday 6th September, 18:00-21:00 – race registration at St Peter’s National School (beside the Community Centre & start location), Mountcharles, F94 VX99.

Saturday 7th September, race registration at St Peter’s National School (beside the Community Centre & start location), Mountcharles, F94 VX99 during these times:

  • 6.30am-7am, Full Monte registration 
  • 6.30am -7.30am, Half Monte registration 
  • 6.30am-9am, Little Monte event entry (if not purchased online) and registration

At race registration you will:

  • Collect race number bib, timing chip, goodie bag. Each race number bib will be color coded to your route; Blue for the Full Monte, Green for the Half Monte, Yellow for the Little Monte.
  • Sign race ‘Activity Waiver’.
  • Mandatory kit check.

Race Briefings & Timings

You must attend your race briefing which takes place at the Start Line at the Community Centre, Mountcharles on Saturday 7th September. 

The Full Monte Race Briefing: 7.40am

The Full Monte Race Start: 8am

The Half Monte Race Briefing: 8.25am

The Half Monte Race Start: 8.45am

The Little Monte Race Briefing: 9.20am

The Little Monte Race Start: 9.30am

Cut off times

There will be cut-off times at the following point for The Full Monte:

The Full Monte; at Leg 3, to reach the Letterbarrow FC Transition before Leg 4 run/hike up Carnaween. If you do not make the Cut Off time to climb Carnaween, you can either retire or have the option to continue the cycle route. 

Cut-off timings will be published online before the race and will also be communicated at the Race Briefing.


There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and females in Full Monte, Half Monte, Little Monte. Prizes will be given after each race.

What to expect at the start & finish?

  • A warm Donegal welcome!
  • Whatever the weather, you and your supporters will have a place to shelter indoors and/or event tents.
  • You can leave a sports kit bag indoors, but please note this is at your own risk and the organiser’s take no responsibility for any loss or damage.
  • You will be able to buy tea, coffee and refreshments.
  • Yes, there will be port-a-loos!
  • Yes, we will have a group race warm up to get you ready!
  • Soak up the atmosphere with the local MC & tunes.
  • At the finish, participants will receive a medal, complimentary refreshments and cold or hot drink.

Accommodation in the local area, there are lots of options in South West Donegal, check out Your Wild Atlantic Way starts here! | Go Visit Donegal 

Car parking

There will be car-parking near the race start/finish. You will receive info on this before the race.


We encourage you to take along family & friends to cheer you on at the start & finish. Spectators are not allowed in the transition areas, to avoid potential collisions. You will receive info on the specified spectator locations before the race.