With just over one month until the fifth annual Lapathon, held May 5, 2013, the countdown is on for runners to register, raise funds and train to their peak condition before racing through the Costa Rican jungle.
Organized by Lapa Rios Ecolodge to benefit the Costa Rican town of Puerto Jiménez, located on the stunning gulf coast of the Osa Peninsula, this year’s race promises to be the largest yet, with 300 runners expected from across the country and the planet. 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.
Lapathons have raised funds to help equip the region’s sole ambulance with supplies, assisted in purchasing classroom equipment for learning-disabled children and the construction of a new dining hall for one local school.
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 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.
“The Lapathon is a truly immersive Costa Rican experience,” says Hans Pfister, CEO and principle of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, the company behind the Lapa Rios property and Lapathon founder. “Instead of pounding the city pavement, you’re trekking on a dirt road next to dense rainforest and the wild Pacific Ocean.”
For more information, visit www.laparios.com/lapathon.html.
About The Cayuga Collection
The Cayuga Collection consists of nine ecolodges, resorts, and sustainable hotels throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua. All Cayuga properties specialize in creating the symbiosis of sustainability and luxury, always providing a sense of place by taking into account local culture and customs. To Cayuga, sustainability is about more than reusing your towel twice and passing on plastic. The luxury hospitality group earned a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers award in 2010 and 2012 for its social responsibility, and a Travel + Leisure Global Vision award for Environmental Leadership in 2010. Its properties have earned four and five leaves from the country’s Cámara Nacional de Ecoturismo (CANAECO). Cayuga works with local communities to train and employ local people and improve local living and learning conditions. Each of its properties is involved in conservation and community development, and the company even created a public charity called Equilibrium to further its reach and impact. For more information about all of Cayuga’s properties and experiences, visitwww.cayugaonline.com.