The craziest races on Earth:
Urbanathlon: It started as a game between friends, and today it is a franchise that
operates in the heart of big cities around the globe. It consists in overtaking
urban obstacles such as stacks of tires, construction areas, crossing buses,
climb water tanks, to walk over crashed cars, underneath trucks or even by the
Run: Also well known as the Happiest 5k on
the Planet, it has a single requirement: To wear white clothes and be willing to end coated with natural dyes of
all colors, thrown abundantly throughout the route.
Race: Much more challenging, this one is reserved
for advanced athletes with gladiator spirit and perhaps a little bit of martyr
race of obstacles is designed to defeat the character of the runners, who must
surpass really extreme challenges. Some of their main attractions are to climb slippery walls, carry heavy sacks
while walking on soft mud, walk along balance beams, throw heavy spears and
cross through large areas on fire.
Challenge: Another challenging competition born in Mexico for experts in
survival. A military style race in a
wild environment with a circuit that includes forests, swamps, waterfalls,
sandbanks and big rivers; all intensified with creative obstacles added by the
Run / NeonVibe / Neon Lights: These are several
nocturnal races done in many countries, where the runners compete against the
dark, illuminated by a few lights, a lot of fluorescent paint and several
kilometers of glow sticks distributed between the runners; untying an artistic
explosion and healthy competition. In addition to exercising, the participants
compete for the coolest look.
Race: Perhaps the funniest and most original
race so far, done meanwhile in the United Kingdom and Argentina. The objective
is to get to the finish line before the zombies (volunteers thirsty for blood) take all your “lives”. The
“lives” are red pieces that the runners wear in different parts of the body,
and the idea is to have at least one by the time the participant finishes the
Costa Rica also runs…
and Costa Rica in general, is not left behind; along with the rapidly growing
amount of fans has also increased the number of races, specialized websites and
the media coverage that the events receive. Here some of most outstanding,
although the list is much more extensive.
Night Race: One
of the most famous nocturnal races of the country, celebrated in Cartago, where
instead of disposable glow sticks or suspicious fluorescent dusts, the runners
receive reusable LED lanterns for the race.
Face Endurance Challenge: Rincon de la Vieja
Volcano was elected in 2013 as the Latin American venue for this prestigious
race, that develops in the midst of a spectacular natural scene; climbing up
the skirts of the volcano, in rocky footpaths, rivers, hills, forests and
Beach Marathon: This well-known beach marathon
starts before the sun rises and, in addition to the 42k marathon, offers four
other categories of less difficulty. Its quality and good organization has made
echo even outside Costa Rica, and year after year increases the number of
international and local athletes that participate.
more info: TamarindoBeachMarathon.com
Race of Playas del Coco: This 10k or 5k
family-oriented race goes through the beach and the beautiful boardwalk
downtown, providing the runners with fresh ocean breezes and colorful sunsets.
running affects body and mind?
Stimulates the utilization of all pulmonary capacity.
Strengthens the bones.
Improves good cholesterol levels.
Stimulates metabolic performance.
Reduces the risk of clot formation in the blood stream.
Slows down the aging process.
Relieves stress and boosts self-esteem.
Contributes to weight loss.
Improves sexual performance.
Boosts immune system.
take it too far…
- Dehydration during
exercise can cause lethargy, confusion, headaches, cramps or even vomits. Two
hours before running drink half glass of water (100ml) every ½ hour. During the
race drink small amounts every so often; and be careful with ingesting
excessive amounts of water without electrolytes since it can lower the amount
of sodium in the blood and triggers symptoms similar to those of the
dehydration; reason why it is recommended to consume isotonic drinks. If you prefer regular water complement with
In some cases, excessive running can cause hip pain and arthritis. Ask for
professional advise before committing to an exercise program.
- Running mainly
fortifies muscles of the legs and hip, reason why it is also important to
exercise the muscles of the upper body with complementary exercises.
If you feel inspired visit this website where you will
find detailed information and a calendar with all the related events scheduled
in the country.