Costa Rica is unique for so many reasons, protecting nature before anyone else or abolishing army in 1949 is only part of the list of things Costa Rican people feel proud about. Costa Rica is Pablo’s homeland, after developing a worldclass route in the Costa Brava he’s getting back to his origis by taking running adventure philosophy to the Costa Rican jungle.
We will be a pack of 16 runners exploring, traversing the South Pacific Costa Rican Jungle, sleeping every night in a different place and eating the local food. Our legs will take us to see places and meet people that would be impossible to know otherwise. The runs will take an average of 7 hours a day including a lot of stops to swim in the sea and rivers ponds or talk to people we meet on our way. Every few miles assistant points will be set by our staff to help us get to our destination.
8 days – 8 nights
JANUARY 21 -28, 2017
To make this event possible we will have two extremely experienced running guides Pablo Rodríguez and Sergio Sanchez, one assistant person driving a 4 wheel drive car setting up assistant points through the route, one person in charge of hotel accomodations and a bus driver.
Also know as the mountain goat, is former professional triathlete who has turned his passion for running into his job, in 2011 we founded Running Costa Brava and later Run The World Adventures in an effort to take running back to it’s origins, as he would say turn it back into a mean of transportation.
Co-race director at Coastal Challenge for the last 10 years, Sergio Sanchez had organized adventure events in multiple locations all over Latin America, he’s known to be the best expert in the area and a former adventure racer.Sergio is also responsible for the organization all the X-Terra events in Costa Rica and other triathlon events in the area.
Siddhar, also known as everyone best friend is our safety net, he’ll make sure we have everything needed to keep us going, he set ups the assistant points and is ready to execute a rescue if needed. Siddar is been working with Sergio on events organizations for the last 6 years.
The cost includes all accommodation, all transfers (not from airport to hotel or hotel airport) , two meals per day, guides and instruction; entrance to Reservas and National Parks and any sites visited as part of the itinerary. Experienced leaders along with a local support crew and driver.
It does not include personal travel insurance, tips for the guides and local crew (wich are optional), or international departure tax. It also does not include any entrance fees to any optional sites or attractions. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
Costa Rican cuisine is known for being fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh fish is always the best option every time we sleep by the see, please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home. We will be in rural areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem as far as you let us know well in advance. You are welcome to bring your own energetics bars, if you are used to them or feel you would need them. We will have fruits available in different points while running. According with our experience some of the participants in last years editions have experimented some lingering GI (tummy) symptoms on the last days, nothing important, (just to let you know and be prepared for that).
Your luggage will be kept in the bus and moved every day from hotel to hotel by the driver together with extra food and water. The space is very limited for each of us. Hard-sided luggage is not allowed. We suggest your kit is packed in a soft rucksack or expedition kitbag. You should also bring a small day pack to carry for items needed for a day, one particular day the bus won’t be able to access the hotel.
Be aware some days we will be pretty isolated, so we don’t really have a big variety of accommodations to choose. We love little places run by locals and together with home made food will make you feel like home. As they are so little, we don’t have the option for single rooms. Basically we have double rooms and a particular day it could be even triples or quadruples.
Unfortunately, as said before, we can not offer single rooms. All rooms are shared and in consequence we do not have any extra charge for singles.
Terrain varies from clear wide tracks and small village roads to muddy, root-covered, slippery paths in the rainforest, rivers and beaches. The terrain can be very challenging and even more challenging in wet conditions. There are also many stream/river crossings. Your trainers will get wet mostly every day.
We are travelling through remote terrain where we will be exposed to any insects and animals. Long sleeves to cover your arms (those you can put and take off) are strongly recommended. Please pack tons of sunblock, bug spray and anti-histamine. Once in destination every day, you don’t need any fancy clothes at all! flip flops, shorts and t-shirts will make it. Makes no sense at all long trousers or sweaters. Take just one long t-shirt which can be need a particular day in the morning. Don’t forget a pair of swimming costume, sun glasses if you need them and your camelbak. Also bring your own shampoo. Plan on being wet 100% of the time. Try and make sure you have practice running wet, especially in wet shoes. Your favorite trainers might not be your favorite WET trainers. Bring at least 15 pairs of socks and also trail shoes for sure (two pairs). Have a waterproof case for your phone and other water sensitive things. We expected you to SWIM at any given time on any given day. so you must expect that everything on you will be fully underwater for periods of time. You have to be mentally and physically prepared to jump in fully clothed and strapped. Bring ziplock bags to separate the wet clothes in case your clothEs won’t get dry during the day.
Everyone should have blister plasters, and a first aid kit with antiseptic cream, scissors, dressings if you want to have your own for any cures at the hotel. Nappy cream is very important or sudocrem as it’s known in the uk for chafing/skin irritation.
Several times a day we will provide you food, water and snacks. Everyone should be responsable of its own energetic bars and gels. Pack electrolyte tablets which are very good and easy to use. Don’t forget salt tablets at all. Protein recovery powder to have at the end of each day can help a lot with recovery too.
It’s hot, yes!, in a very tropical way, but also expect to get wet every day, if not in waterfalls, then rivers or the sea. Night it’s also hot.
Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and require commitment. We expect all participants to train hard in advance. Again and again we remind you this is not a race. Two guides will be running with you, but for safety reasons, we all should try to be in the same group. If not, then sometimes we will need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that will let you discover a beautiful country as very, very, very! few people has.
No, during day participants arrive in San Jose. Doesn’t matter the time but all have to check in the hotel. We will have meet-and-greet dinner all together where you will get to know Pablo ant he rest of the guides. After that a briefing session will take place before going to rest. Next morning we depart early in the morning with the van to the starting point. Once here we start our running adventure. Still we wont start travelling till day 2, we can not accept flights arriving day 2 early in the morning.
We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity usually around 2% of your trip price per guide, depending on your level of satisfaction. e.g. $1500 trip = $30 per guide.
The official currency in Costa Rica it’s the Costa Rica Colon (about 500 colones per 1 USD) Dollars are easy accepted in hotels, but we recommend you to have cash in colones for your little shoppings at the villages. Try to exchange them in the airpot, thats the easiest way. Aside from meals, there are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to take cash for such things as souvenir shopping or nightlife.
A valid passport is essential; it should be a valid for at least six months after return from Costa Rica. There’s is currently no visa requirement for USA or European citizens (remember to fill in the ESTA form if you fly via United States). Citizens from other countries could require a visa. For more information, please contact your local embassy or passport office.
We only need you to have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years. Other protections, against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid and Malaria are not prevalent in the region, it’s your decision if you want to take the vaccine.