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Damian Hall (UK) 07:41 26-02-16 5 star review
I loved this event. It was a fantastic holiday with some great running thrown in amongst the glorious beaches, jungles, mountains and rivers. The course was a real mix, some technical bits, hearty ascents and descents, but lots of faster sections on dirt roads and I especially liked the river sections. It could get hot at times, but not stupidly so. We were well looked after and the campsites were usually next to long, quiet, palm-fringed beaches. Ahhh, wish I was still there.
TRACY ELLIS (USA)
My name is Tracy…I had no idea this was such an international event with pro runners when I signed up for it. I’m not even an ultra runner though I did do 1 ultra of 32 miles before this. I’m 59 yrs old. I have fabulous heat endurance. I trained by running 50 miles a week every third week and maybe 20 mile weeks in between, on moderately hilly terrain. I did the shorter course. if i can do it, you can do it!!
Kelly Ridgeway (USA) first time at TCC
“I had never done a stage race before, but now I am hooked. I also feel like, if I died tomorrow, I would die happy because this race made me feel complete.”
Leonardo Soresi, (Italy) first time at TCC
“Now, after three months has passed from the ending of the race, it happens that I woke up in the middle of the night thinking everything was just a dream. So I need to open my photo album to reassure me it was all real (do you think I should sue Tim Holmstrom for having lost my sleep???!!!!)”
“Seriously, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I know in terms of my running it was not my finest hours… : ) , but what I gained in every other way far outweighed a medal at the end. You and your staff were wonderful, the people of Costa Rica were awesome and I will definitely plan another stage race. Thank you for everything! I hope you are well and enjoyed a little down time after we departed. Take care and like it or not you will see me again. : ) ”
Jennifer Samway, (USA) first time at TCC
“The 2009 Coastal Challenge was the hardest race I have ever done. The pain you feel on the race course goes away, but the memories and experiences of the whole event leave such a lasting impression that I can’t wait for the next one!!! Thanks to all the TCC Event Staff and Volunteers for providing such an amazing racing experience. Bring on Panama and the Route of Fire!”
(USA)– Jen Garretson and Nic Stover/ Boise Idaho, TCC 2005
“We were adolescents amongst the elders of endurance racing, ignorant of what we were about to get ourselves into, but open to learning as much as possible from these amazing athletes who surrounded us. At times, it felt as if we had tapped into some secret fraternity or brotherhood of physical pain. Little did I know we were about to get the hazing of a lifetime.”
Jaqueline Windh 2008, (CANADA) In 2009 she would return to for a strong finish.
“We were all in competition with one another –but at the same time, we were out there, on our own in the Costa Rican jungle for each other” “I hadn’t finished, but I had learned so much. I had gained experience and wisdom… My plan was to go easy, to better my chance of making it to the finish line. Instead, I had suddenly got competitive, tried to push, and had injured myself. So I come out of this both wiser and stronger…and so totally ready to go again.”
Gemma Slaughter – Team Canada – 2013
will never forget…. The smiles I had, the laughs I shared, the photos we took, the people I met, the things I saw, the places I explored, the food that nourished me, the staff who guided me, the team that encouraged me, the strangers that welcomed me, the friends who helped me, my family that supported me, and the future that awaits me.
On day two I was asked to choose one word to describe what I was feeling, and it remains the same today.
I am forever GREAT FULL.
Pavel Stepczynski – Team Canada – 2013
Epic! The only word that can really sum up the experience I’ve just had! I will never forget all the special moments we all shared!