Trail Racing in Costa Rica

by Philippe Bukovec

Enjoy an experience like no other when you travel for a race in Costa Rica. Events featured below are organized by ATRA corporate member Costa Rica Race.

February 7, 2015 is the next edition of the Ultra Trail ARENAL Volcano which includes four different race distances, making the event accessible to everyone. Choose from the 115-kilometer ultramarathon (individual competition or teams of three), the halfmarathon Arenal Volcano, the 10-kilometer Arenal Starter, or the 5-kilometer Arenal Promo.

Arenal Volcano is located in the district of La Fortuna, approximately 90 kilometers northwest of San Jose.

In the ultra-marathon, participants will be going around the Arenal Volcano National Park and Arenal Lake. On this route participants can find sun and tropical forest … but above all they will enjoy direct contact with nature. The race is not intended only to test the elite, but is an event for everyone, which is why you have 31 hours to do it. The first competitors will finish in daylight and the last will finish in darkness, however all will pass through the aid stations ensuring the competitors’ safety and comfort.

While on the runs, participants will discover a wide variety of landscapes to include the rainforest with various flora and fauna of Costa Rica that constitutes five percent of all plant and animal species in the world.

Race activities start the day before the events with packet pickup in the morning, followed by an official welcome and pasta party in the evening. On race day, the 115K starts at 3 a.m. in front of the Arenal Volcano. The half-marathon starts at 3 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. start of the 5K and 10K events.

The Marathon IRAZU Volcano will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015. At 3,432 meters, the Irazu Volcano is the highest point in Costa Rica and is located east of San Jose. This 42-kilometer event is a dream trail featuring magnificent scenery with spectacular views. The experience will be more than just a race. Runners can achieve a goal with their finish, but will also have an adventure. This is an event where the spirit of the participants has no limits. It will be a real test of endurance; an off-road race where the attractiveness of landscapes, makes it a unique event.

Self-improvement and solidarity are the cornerstones of the event. From the very beginning, the race organizers have not neglected sustainability. Reusable and recyclable materials are paramount to the event, all course markers will be removed from the route fol- lowing the race, and any trash left behind on course will be picked up during a course sweep. The event is intended for nature and adventure lovers. They are the main protagonists of the Volcano Irazu Marathon. On the route participants can find sun and tropical forest … but above all they will enjoy direct contact with nature. The course is the same for everyone with an eight-hour time limit. The route will be fully marked to avoid errors.

The event start time is 7 a.m. in the Tres Rios Park. The cost is $80 per competitor and teams of at least two members can also register. The registration fee includes the opening ceremony, race shirt, and refreshments. Awards will be presented to top finishers and there will be raffle prizes.

The Night Trail Run IRAZU will be a unique event in Costa Rica held on March 7, 2015, run in the glow of the lights of Cartago and San Jose, which can be seen in the distance. The Night Trail Run IRAZU offers trail running in an ex- otic setting with distances of 5K, 10K, and 21K. It’s a unique challenge for night runners of all levels. Runners will find a mixture of terrain with a combination of trails and asphalt plains in valleys of great beauty. Panoramic viewpoints are guaranteed and forest areas are home to typical species of the Irazu Volcano region.

Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, and rivers. Adventure travelers can choose from a variety of activities as Costa Rica is a year-round destination with an abundance of thrills and adrenaline for lovers of adventure tourism. In most parts of the country — whether on water, land or earth — the natural environments provide unforgettable experiences.

Accommodations and racer support packages are available through the organizer’s travel agency. Please send inquiries by email to Travel Agency Adventure at, so that the agency can explore the best options for your visit. Packages are also available for racer supporters, family and friends.

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