Costa Rica’s Coastal Chal­lenge will take you to your lim­its

Runner's World (UK) - - Trail Special -

1) Rock­ing it

Chema Martinez leads the charge in the stunning Cor­co­v­ado Na­tional Park.

2) H2o­hhh…

A run­ner takes the opportunity to cool off in a water­fall 5km from the end of Stage 1. The heat has taken its toll.

3) Storm dam­age

The long stretches of beach are scat­tered with veg­e­ta­tion torn up by Pa­cific storms.

4) Take it to the bank

Day 1 con­cludes with a lengthy river cross­ing to the camp, where some well-earned rest and re­fu­elling await.

5) Wa­ter, cooler

Wa­ter is your friend. Take ev­ery opportunity to lie in it and re­duce your core tem­per­a­ture.

6) Heaven’s gate

High atop a hill, the fierce trop­i­cal sun­light shines down on the San Rafael ceme­tery.

1) In­cline and fall

Nor­we­gian Son­dre Am­dahl crosses the Nauy­aca Wa­ter­falls.

2) View to a chill

Still life, rain­for­est-style

3) Bib talk

Race num­bers need to be durable enough to sur­vive six days of ad­ven­ture.

4) Easy rid­ers

Trans­port op­tions must al­ways be max­imised.

5) Scene and herd

Small ac­cess roads are the only way to move around the rain­for­est and live­stock is trans­ported by a truck.

6) Tree routes

Hand-painted wooden signs are spo­rad­i­cally placed to guide run­ners around the dense rain­for­est.

7) In palms sway

2016 TCC cham­pion (and 2017 third-place fe­male fin­isher) Ester Alves re­sists the urge to stop for a dip as she pushes hard for the fin­ish.

8) Take a bow

Spain’s Chema Martinez crosses the es­tu­ary that leads into Drake Bay from Playa Vi­o­lin, across the Sierpe River.

9) Isth­mus be the place

The route hugs the palm­fringed coast­line. Easy on the eye, but tough un­der­foot.

10) The write stuff

Race ve­hi­cles were caked in red dust, but some­thing pure al­ways lay be­neath.

11) Pride and joy

Lo­cal run­ners carry the Costa Ri­can flag on the last day.

12) Fin­ish lines

Kit hangs out to dry af­ter the sweat and toil of a day on the trails have been washed out.

13) Log­ging off

Job done, shoes off and medal well and truly earned.

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