Adventure race dashes through Costa Rica
Costa Rica will be home to the Adventure Race World Series 2010 (ARWS) where more than 20 teams from over 12 different countries will join in the adrenaline-filled race towards the finish line. The race, taking place August 20 to 28, will go through a non-stop secret course which will include some of Costa Rica’s most wild terrain – more than 500 km of forest, beach, river and mountain. ARWS will be conducting a total of 11 classifying events worldwide – all initiated on the Atlantic coast of this small Central American country.
The co-ed teams of four will each be completing challenging activities on Costa Rica’s rugged geography. Activities like trekking, mountain biking, canopy, kayaking, ropes, and rafting, without the help of any motorized transportation, will be practiced for five days straight. Along the way, participants must find 39 different checkpoints while navigating through the country with just maps and compasses. Even the most experienced athletes will find the Costa Rican terrain and its unique reference points challenging.
Costa Rica has long established its reputation as one of the top adventure destinations in the world. Close to 70 percent of all visitors to the country participate in at least one adventure activity during their stay. The country offers some of the top-rated rivers in the world for white-water rafting and boasts over 1,000 miles of coastline, 12 different types of micro-climates, and four types of forests as well as a variety of experiential travel options.
For those who love adventure and can’t make it to Costa Rica this year, a step by step follow-up of all competing teams will be available online on through the SPOT satellite technology, at the ARCR official website http://www.ARCostaRica.com. Teams will also be able to post and receive messages and support along the course.
The first Costa Rica Adventure Race is sponsored by the Costa Rican Tourism Board, as well as Toyota, Horizontes Travel Agency, Aventuras del Sarapiqui, and Toyota Rent a Car.