South Pacific Jungle

Our most challenging event – Costa Rica

Selecting 16 runners.

6 days expedition – 7 to 8 hours per day

We are looking for runners with trail running experience to join us in this expedition.

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

Same path as our January Costa Rica event, big difference, is not dry season,, we are following the trails of Dantas the biggest mammals in Costa Rica. We are facing the Jungle at it’s most.
Our legs will take us from one of the highest mountains in Costa Rica called El Cerro de la Muerte (The Mountain of Death) to the Osa Peninsula in the Pacific.

  • EVENT TYPE

    Expedition

  • DURATION

    8 days – 8 nights

  • RUNNING DAYS

    6 DAYS

  • PRICE

    1785 USD

  • DATES

    Jul 6 to 13, 2019

  • TOTAL DISTANCE

    96 miles

Not for everyone

Understand what you are getting into

We are creating a team of 16 runners to join us, please watch the video Pablo Rodriguez made to explain what this expeditions is about.

We are not looking for super athletes, we are looking for runners with experience in the mountains and who know how to be a good team player.

  • Extremely technical trails
  • 7 to 8 hours of running per day (including stops)
  • Unexpected itinerary changes due to weather
  • No hotels but local families
  • Not a race – if there’s a waterfall we go for a swim
Expedition leader

Listen to Pablo Rodríguez

The Expedition

From the Cerro de la Muerte to Corcovado

Runner Testimonial

Interview in mainstream Irish media

Padraig Thompson, an Irish firefighter who ran our January 2019 expedition for the charity that supported him explains what this expedition is about.

More than running

Not a race – an expedition

Running is just a way to get to places.
Some video of previous adventures.
2016, 2017, 2018, and January 2019.

Expedition Itinerary

8 to 6 hours of running per day

Day 1*

Mountain of the Dead

20km (1000↑|2200↓)

* First running day, the day before we will sleep in Hotel close to the airport

Day 2 is the first day of running, we will be transfer to the highest mountain pass in Costa Rica.

Will start ascending 300m to get to the top of the Cerro de la Muerte (Mountain of the Dead – 3450m elevation).
In front of us looking unreachable, the Pacific Ocean, we will start descending by the most beautiful high altitude rain cloud tropical forest.

Our destination that day is Providencia where a Costa Rican family will make us feel at home.

Day 2

El Brujo (The Wizard)

26km (1900↑|3400↓)

Traversing the Dantas domain

Okay here we are talking about epicness, which requires the best breakfast made by Doña Noire, is going to take us about 8 hours to make the distance, with two stops to meet the people that leaves in the jungle and get some food to help us keep going.

The name of our destination?

“Piedras Blancas” (White Rocks)

We won’t give you more info about it, is better that way.

Day 3

Making it to the Pacific

40km (The Wizard) (900↑|1100↓)

El Brujo is surrounded by high mountains, is a place where you go if you don’t want to be found, getting out of there requires obviously going up a long trail by the jungle at the top of which spectacular views of the sea await us.

At that point there will still be distance to be covered, when we finally make it to the Pacific we all will have a story to tell to our grandkids.

Day 4

Welcome home- the jungle beaches

Day4 – 18km (450↑|450↓)

South, always south!

So much effort to get to the sea.
We won’t call it a rest day, but at least millage will decrease a bit.

We are going to Pablo’s home.

Day 5

Pirate Drake secret bay

32 km (1100↑|1150↓)

Francis Drake thought the place we are running by this day was perfect to hide his gigantic treasure, the place is indeed a dense wetland area where people start to establish less that a 100 years ago.

Adventure tourist go their by boat, we are no tourist, we will run our way by the jungle.

Day 6

Getting to Corcovado

21 km (350↑|350↓)

Corcovado, 3% of worlds biodiversity
This day is going to be a summary of the whole expedition.

We will run by reefs, sand, estuaries , we will cross rivers, traverse lonely beaches, single trails, dense forest and waterfalls.

This will be our second night in Bahia Drake, time to celebrate.

The Staff

Costa Rican trip is big in terms of logistics

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.

  • Pablo Rodriguez
    Pablo RodriguezRunning Guide

    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.

  • Sergio Sanchez
    Sergio SanchezRunning Guide

    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 Soto
    Siddhar SotoSupport Specialist

    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.

    • Cristina Moret
      Cristina MoretBookings

      Cristina is the brain behind the scenes, she’s the one making sure we got a place to sleep and meal to eat after our runs.
      She also assists the group or runs as another guide. From the very beginning you show interest for any of our running adventures, she will personally be the one talking with you by email, arranging your dates, answering all your questions and preparing your adventure until the day you arrive.

      FAQ

      More questions?

       

      What’s Included in the price?

      The cost includes all accommodation, all transfers (not from airport to hotel or hotel airport) , two meals per day, entrance to Reservas and National Parks and any sites visited as part of the itinerary. Experienced leaders along with a local support crew and drivers.

      What’s Excluded?

      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.

      What kind of food will I get?

      Tres Semillas
      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).

      Can I bring as much luggage as I want?

      Your luggage will be kept in the  bus and moved every day from place to place 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, there are two days in which because of the remoteness of the location that’s all we will be able to get you at the end of the run.

      Whats the accommodation like?

      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.

      I’m a single runner, is there an up-charge since I’m alone and don’t want to be sharing room?

      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.

       

      The adventure

       

       What type of terrain can I expect?Sergio

      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.

      Which kind of clothing & equipment do I need?

      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.

      Bodycare

      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.

      Energetic food and othersIMG_6724

      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.

      Whats the weather like?

      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.

      Is there a minimum fitness level required in order to join the adventure?

      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.

      Do we start the adventure on day 1?

      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.

      Tipping

      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 Country

      The currency

      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.

      Passport & Visa

      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.

      Vaccinations

      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.

      Videos

      A small bit of what this is

      Photos

      Only a few, we don’t want to ruin the surprise

      Testimonials

      Listen other runners experiences

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