In total 143 runners participated, including 32 staff members from Lapa Rios Ecolodge. Weather conditions were perfect and the fasted time clocked for the 18 kilometer race from the Carbonera School in Matapalo to the Puerto Jimenez soccer field was one hour and seven minutes. The winner of this year’s edition was Adonay Quintero, a Lapa Rios employee in the Housekeeping Department. Few other races offer runners the opportunity to be accompanied by the Red Scarlet McCaw and having to cross rivers to reach the goal. A true jungle run…
Organized by Lapa Rios and Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, a total of $1,800 were raised to support a Puerto Jimenez school helping children with learning disabilities. Cayuga and Nature Air were the biggest sponsor of the event providing free flights and hotel stays as prices, runner shirts for all participants and discounts for runners flying from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez and staying at Lapa Rios.
"This is starting to become a real tradition and the community is getting really involved and excited about this yearly event." says Lapa Rios Operations Manager Marijke Mulder. "It was fun to see Lapa Rios employees and Puerto Jimenez community members training for this event in the early hours of the morning during the last weeks. One of our staff members lost 18 kilos since January and did a spectacular race on Saturday!"
For the first time this year, a kids Lapathon of 3 kilometers was organized as well with 37 children from the community running their first race and sharing prices ranging from a brand-new bicycle to Canopy Tours and Kayak Excursions in the Golfo Dulce.
The Winners were: