Philosopy-A Fresh Approach
Pura Vida = Pure Life. While embracing the spirit of adventure, discovery and camaraderie, The Coastal Challenge will afford you the opportunity to compete at your highest level against an international field in one of the longest, toughest and most memorable running events you will ever experience.
Our events bring together a community of like-minded runners, travelers, and adventure seekers, providing an opportunity to create life-long memories and lasting friendships one challenging adventure at a time.
For nearly a decade we have welcomed runners who embrace new challenges, tough terrain and a deeper connection with new cultures while on a journey of discovery.
Psychology - Face your Fears/Overcome any doubts
This could be one of the most challenging experiences of your life. We realize many people who want to attempt The Coastal Challenge may feel intimidated. Don’t be. We’ve incorporated both a Team Category and a short course (Adventure Run) option which allows you to attempt the long course but fall back to the shorter course if necessary. In the Expedition Run category you will be tested and pushed to the very limits of human endurance. The Adventure Run is approximately 30 % shorter than the full Expedition Run course, with less technical terrain and no time cut offs. However this shorter Adventure Run should not be confused with a “fun run” or “walk in the park”. It will also test competitors. It will be tough and it will be a challenge. It will be rugged and exotic. But with the proper training and preparation, competitors should be able to compete and enjoy the experience at a level your body can handle. Come alone, in pairs or as a group. Race at your own individual pace and reunite at the end of each day.
Sociology- Fiesta, Siesta, or Both...Your Choice
Our focus is living in the moment. Relax, fiesta, siesta and compare notes each evening with fellow competitors. The days will test your resolve while the nights will replenish your spirits.
Anthroplogy- Local Flavor
You will have many opportunities to visit small pueblos, sand swept coastal towns and remote mountain villages. Brushing up on your Spanish might embolden you to strike up a conversation and interact with the local culture. You might also find yourself enjoying traditional Costa Rican dishes and stepping back in time to simpler, more tranquillo (tranquil) approach to life.
Geography- Migration Destination
The course is set along Costa Rica's tropical Pacific coastline but weaves at times into the Talamancas, a coastal mountain range in the Southwest corner of the country. You’ll finish near the border of Panama in a serene fishing village that until recently was only accessible by boat. Although simple in concept, the race will prove to be extremely difficult in terms of distance, terrain and the tropical climate. The heat and sun will take their toll and you may be severely tested at times. All that said, if you enjoy long distance running or multi-sport competitions, the Coastal Challenge will prove to be the most affordable, hassle free and personally rewarding event you can mark on your 2011 race calendar.