Marathon Runners Approach Starting Line

December 4, 2009

After a small hiccup in last year’s running of the Costa Rica Marathon in which there was a last-minute change in the start time, race directors feel confident that Sunday’s marathon will take off without a problem.

More than 2,000 runners are expected at the starting line for the 14th running of the Costa Rica Marathon. Participants include runners from the United States, Italy and other faraway destinations.

During a press conference on Wednesday, race directors said most of the runners will participate in the half-marathon, a 13.1 mile race through the streets of San José, with an estimated 300 running the full 26.2 race.

Two days before race day in 2008, the administration of President Oscar Arias moved the start time up an hour, causing confusion among the participants.

“This year, we don’t expect any problems,” said Guillermo Sáenz, race director. “Despite the change in time, many foreigners enjoyed the race and are returning this year.”

Sáenz said the marathon is backed by more than $14,370 in sponsorships that help defray the cost for runners.

Today (before 5 p.m.) is the last day to register for the 4 km, 8 km, 21 km (half-marathon) and 42 km (full marathon). The cost is ¢10,000 ($17.50) for the longer two races and includes a T-shirt and medal.

Runners can register at Tienda Gloria on Avenida Central, NewtonStoreCenter near Canal 7 on the main road to Pavas and the Timex store on Paseo Colón. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday near the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) next to La Sabana Park.

For more information, visit www.marathoncostarica.com

–Chrissie Long

You may be interested

Bright Lights Boat Parade inaugurates holiday season in Quepos
Events
178 views
Events
178 views

Bright Lights Boat Parade inaugurates holiday season in Quepos

Elizabeth Lang - December 11, 2017

The Bright Lights Boat Parade marked the official kickoff of the holiday season in the Central Pacific town of Quepos…

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador
Weather
2509 views
Weather
2509 views

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador

AFP - December 10, 2017

Three people have died in Costa Rica, includiing two Swiss tourists, and one in El Salvador as a result of…

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen
Environment and Wildlife
2609 views
Environment and Wildlife
2609 views

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen

Lindsay Fendt - December 9, 2017

The jungle can be a scary place, and even for some of the fiercest of Costa Rica’s creatures, sometimes the…