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.
Terrain: jungle and rainforest trails, mountain trail and single track across ridge lines, highlands and coastal ranges; beaches, rocky outcroppings and reefs, river and estuary crossings, and ends in Corcovado National Park, one of the premier rainforest experiences in the world as well as a Unesco World Heritage site. Much, much more. It really defies description!
Included in this 8 Day Adventure
- Official Event Shirt
- Transportation from Best Western Irazu, San Jose to the race start
- Medical Assistance – qualified U.S. and Costa Rican Medical Doctors, EMTs, and on call Medical Helicopter.
- race support and experienced staff
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner each day during the race prepared by Food Nutritionist and Catering Staff
- Sports Medicine Masseuse/Chiropractor are available
- Daily Adventure Tour Options (Modest additional Costs)
- race bag. road book and schwag-bag for all participants and guests
- New friends
- Unspecific and intermittent pain and another bag full of memories!
The Coastal Challenge is open to individuals and teams of individuals, amateur and professional runners, but unlike any other ultra marathon, the TCC offers you a choice: to enter the Expedition or Adventure category. If you want to run hard and fast, the Expedition category is a true test for the more experienced runner. Or simply sign up for an adventure of a lifetime, through the diverse and challenging landscape of one of the most magical and inaccessible places in the world. Register your interest now.
The Coastal Challenge is one of the world’s most inspiring and grueling multi-stage races. Running 236km in six stages, this race has tested the mental toughness, will and endurance of some of the best ultra trail runners of the world as well as runners from all walks of life who have toed the line each year.
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. If you enjoy long distance running and adventure then the Coastal Challenge is for you and will prove to be a tremendously rewarding achievement.
It’s the diversity you will find astounding!
Jungle and rainforest trails, mountain trail and single track across ridge lines, highlands and coastal ranges; pristine beaches, rocky outcroppings and reefs, river valleys, river and estuary crossings. It ends in Corcovado National Park, one of the premier rainforest experiences in the world, as well as a Unesco World Heritage site. It really defies description!
Total course elevation gain of more than 34,000 feet.
Choose from 2 categories
Expedition Category – 236 k
Adventure Category – 155 k
Solo or teams of 3-6
Event and Route Overview
Route Book and Profiles Download
EVENT ITINERARY 2017
International participants Arrival Friday or Saturday, February 10 – 11
February – 11: Official registration and a poolside reception for competitors in San Jose.
February 12: Transport from San Jose to Quepos – about 3.25 hours away.