On May 5th 2013 runners will be facing off for the fifth annual Lapathon. This year’s event promises to be the biggest yet with over 300 runners expected from all over the world.
This charity run is organized by Lapa Rios Eco Resort to benefit the Costa Rican town of Puerto Jiménez. Funds raised will benefit the restoration of the recreation field in the town, which is currently the only area available for hosting sport, recreation and social events.
In the past this Costa Rica run has raised funds to equip the region’s only ambulance with supplies, bought classroom equipment for learning-disabled youth and constructed a new dining hall for a local school.
Although it’s not quite a marathon, the 18 Km race winds through coastal routes and Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, where tropical birds and howler monkeys drown out the racers’ mental dialogue. But aside from the once-in-a-lifetime Costa Rica running experience, athletes and spectators alike are rewarded for taking part. The participation fee, or minimum donation, for the event is $20 USD; runners are encouraged to make donations as part of their registration fees, with previous participants in years past pledging up to $150 USD.
Besides great deals on local hotels and activities during the Lapathon for visitors and spectators alike, runners win stays and dinners at upscale sustainable hotel properties in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, expertly managed by Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality.