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Costa Rica Ultra Trail - La Transtica

20-Nov-2019 Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica

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Mixed Race Race Terrain
200KM / 124Miles
10 Days - 40 Runners

Alternate Distances: 120KM/72M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From €2200 EUR

The COSTA RICA ULTRA TRAIL, LA TRANSTICA is a free pace Trail race, with a prologue and 5 stages with points of supply, assistance and bivouac for a total distance from 120 (Adventure) to 200 kms (Extreme).

The COSTA RICA ULTRA TRAIL, LA TRANSTICA is first of all a human and sports adventure.

The main objective of the race is to discover the Costa Rica and its way of life and to share this experience with the locals through a sporting competition with humanitarian goals.

We propose to share an adventure where the surpassing of ourselves but also the aid and the solidarity will be the soul of this challenge, in the middle of a particularly exceptional natural frame.

Between two oceans, the race defines itself by a unique crossing of a natural amazing paradise in the discovery of a new culture and way of life, "Pura Vida".

The Costa Rica Ultra Trail, La Transtica:  coast to coast

From the beach of Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast up to Puerto Viejo de Limon on the Caribbean Coast; A true human and sports adventure.

The change of scene is total; the runners are plunged into the deep heart of Costa Rica far from tourist standards.

In Brief

Type: Ultra Trail in 5 stages.
Place: Costa Rica.
Region: Costa Rica crossing from east to west, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean coast through the mountains and jungle of the Central valley.
Extreme race: 200 km from 38 to 48 km per day with a total positive difference in level of 9 300 m.
Adventure race: 117 km from 20 to 30 km per day with a total positive difference in level of 5 300m.
Competitors: 40 max for 2019

Extreme Race is qualifying 5 points for the UTMB®, Adventure race 3 points.

 

 

Read William Solley's 2013 account HERE.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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kevinj

11:25 01-05-18

La Transtica 2017 in Costa Rica was a phenomenal experience for me. If you are looking for a review from a seasoned trail runner and ultra-marathoner, I am not your guy. This was my first ever trail running experience, having completed six marathons over a 3 year span leading up to it. I only started running at age 53 and was 57 for this event. What took me to La Transtica was a chance encounter. It happened to occur right at a time when I was already going to be in Costa Rica celebrating a friend’s 60th Birthday. I like to run where I travel and I could not identify a marathon that was to be taking place in late November in Costa Rica, but La Transtica was.

Here are the highlights of my experience:

• About 125 Km over 5 days, 99% on trails
• Running above the clouds in some instances, up to about 10,000 feet elevation
• Great swings in elevation, with some steep ascents and descents
• Out of 55 runners, I was the only American!
• I work for a company headquartered in France and to my surprise perhaps 60%+ of the participants were from France
• A fantastic ratio of support people to runners
• Great opportunity to participate in supporting the local economy and education for young ones
• Incredible scenery
• Incredible camaraderie
• Incredible satisfaction at participating and finishing

I plan to participate again in the next two or three years and to run the longer, 200 Km course. La Trantica gets a huge thumbs up from me for the location, the course, the people, and the overall experience!

Kevin M. Jennings
Finisher, La Transtica Adventure 2017

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bmarchal

10:46 13-08-14

I first learned about La Transtica in 2012 when I found out I would be moving to Costa Rica for work. I had run my first 100 mile race earlier that year and was excited to see what races were available in Costa Rica. I found the La Transtica website and knew that that it was by far the most interesting and the most challenging. I emailed Bernard and told him that I was interested in the race, but didn't want to pay the registration fee until I was able to get approval to miss work from my bosses after I arrived in country; in this and in everything else Bernard and the race organizers were completely flexible and supportive. I eventually arrived in Costa Rica, got approval to miss work from my new bosses (who of course questioned the wisdom of my participation in such an event) and four months later met the La Transtica staff and participants at the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio for race kick-off.

I won't recount the race in its entirety in chronological order, but will instead recount general reflections. I had never really run a stage race before, barring two days of the Balaton Super Marathon in Hungary, and I was a little nervous of how my body would react to 40ish kilometers for five days. Figuring out that I could keep going, and even feel stronger towards the end, was one of the highlights of the race. But the really amazing thing about this race was the camaraderie. We were one American (me) one girl from Singapore, two Argentine brothers, two Spaniards, a group of Ticos (Costa Ricans) and a larger group from France and Belgium. From the very beginning every one really pulled together and supported each other in a very real and earnest way. I'm not one that generally enjoys kumbaya moments, but something about suffering through 42 kilometers of heat and hills forges a real connection. I also loved the fact that we were not sleeping in nice hotels every night, but were throwing sleeping pads and bags down in community centers, schools and even a barn. It may sound a little crazy, but it added to the experience. When we weren't running I enjoyed eating, talking and joking with the other participants; for me it was also a pleasure to use practice my Spanish. When we were running there were times when the distance and the heat and the elevation changes brought me down a bit, but that was definitely a minority of the time. The rest of the time I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the highlands of Costa Rica. I can tell you that through this race a person can see parts of Costa Rica that other people visiting this country don't get to see. Costa Rica is lucky to have so much natural beauty that attracts a lot of tourism, but sometimes it can be difficult to get away from the tourist herd. I was refreshing to see parts of the country untouched by tourism.

The bottom line is that I heartily recommend this race for anyone with the time to participate who has a spirit of adventure, you won't regret it. At the time of this writing I have been in Costa Rica for about 10 months and I've done a lot of fun things here. I've gone to many beautiful beaches, zip lined above the cloud forest in Monteverde, seen amazing wildlife, but I can tell you in all sincerity that La Transtica has been by far my best experience and when I leave in a few years it will probably be my most treasured memory.

William Solley, Finisher Transtica 2013 Extreme

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