Run Costa Rica

January 16, 2022 - January 23, 2022
Costa Rica


They say you can’t have it all, but Costa Rica disagrees.

Want to soak in a hot spring while gazing at an active volcano, check.

Want to hike in a glistening green rain forest, check.

Want to relax on a breathtakingly beautiful beach, check.

Want to stay in a luxury resort where the celebrities do, check.

And of course, you’ll see monkeys, tropical birds, and a vast array of wildlife along the way.

Run Costa Rica will be the adventure of a lifetime.

Trip Highlights:

  • Run/Walk the Costa Rica Coffee and Chocolate 5k and Tour!
  • Discover a birds-eye view of the volcano, lake, and rainforest via the Canopy Cable Car, Bridges, and Zipline Tour!
  • Run/Walk in the rainforest with Lake Arenal as your vista!
  • Run/Walk Guided hike through the Manuel Antonio National Park!
  • Run/Walk in Manuel Antonio with magnificent views of the ocean!
  • Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the 5-Star Springs Resort, or book one of their renowned tours!



Date Day Location Event
Day 1 Sunday La Fortuna, Costa Rica Arrival to Costa Rica and the Renown Springs Resort – Welcome Dinner
Day 2 Monday La Fortuna, Costa Rica Costa Rica Coffee and Chocolate 5k – Optional Excursions and Tours
Day 3 Tuesday La Fortuna, Costa Rica Volcano Canopy and Zipline Tour
Day 4 Wednesday La Fortuna, Costa Rica Lake Arenal 5K and 10K Run/Walk – Optional Excursions and Tours
Day 5 Thursday Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Travel to the Beach and the Si Como No Resort and Wildlife Refuge
Day 6 Friday Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Beach Relays! – Optional Excursions and Tours
Day 7 Saturday Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike – Awards Dinner
Day 8 Sunday Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Farewell Hugs and Travel Home

Day 1 – January 16th – Welcome to Paradise!

Welcome to Paradise. Your guide will be waiting outside the arrivals terminal with a sign with your names on it. After leaving the airport, you begin the journey to the town of La Fortuna at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Resting on the hills and slopes of the valley and tucked within the lush landscape you will find your hotel, The Springs Resort & Spa (a favorite among celebrities). Facing the magnificent Arenal Volcano, this luxury hotel features 17 spring-fed thermal pools and a wildlife sanctuary. River tubing, kayaking, horseback riding, are all accessible on-site as well. Enjoy the view of the Arenal Volcano from your private balcony while lying in a comfy hammock. Sip tropical cocktails while relaxing by one of natural hot-spring-fed lagoons and pools.

The four elements of nature are present in this unique Arenal Volcano luxury hotel and resort, featuring the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest, and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region.

Dinner included.

Day 2 – January 17th – Costa Rica Coffee and Chocolate 5k

This morning, run/walk a Fastest to the Finish 5k in Arenal, and celebrate with the Don Juan Coffee and Chocolate Tour post-race!  The afternoon is open for optional tours at The Springs Resort.

Overnight The Springs. Breakfast Included.

Day 3 – January 18th – Volcano Canopy and Zipline Tour

Sky Trek, Sky Walk, Sky Tram – the complete combo! Discover a birds-eye view of the volcano, lake, and rainforest as you travel up in open-air cable cars to explore the suspended bridges before speeding back down to earth along almost two miles of zip lines.

Start with an informative and interesting walk along jungle trails and hanging bridges, with a naturalist guide, and learn all about the flora, fauna, the history and culture of the area.

Afterward, ride the open gondola up through the dense rainforest to the unique volcano observation deck. From there you will have great photography opportunities with treetop views of the tropical rainforest. See the jungle from a different perspective and maybe see some different creatures that inhabit it.

Return to the ground below by ziplining a series of cables across the tree canopies and canyons. This is an exhilarating fun way to see the rainforest and the beauty of the area. Modified versions are available.

Overnight The Springs. Tours Included. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Day 4 – January 19th – Rainforest Lake Arenal Run/Walk

Another spectacular run/walk today, and this time you will have Lake Arenal as your vista as you head out on your jog.

The course runs along secondary roads with almost zero elevation gain. Complimenting the view of Lake Arenal you will also be running alongside the primary rainforest, a true Costa Rican experience. Today’s event is 5k and 10k.

Overnight The Springs. Breakfast Included.

Day 5 – January 20th – Time to Hit the Beach

It is time to head to the beach for some sun, surf, and sea. You will be driven along the scenic route through the hills heading to sea level. As you get closer to the coast, feel the temperature rise, and get ready for some fun days at the beach. Check into our hotel, Si Como No Resort and Wildlife Refuge, relax, and enjoy the rest of your day.

Breakfast Included.

Day 6 – January 21st – Beach Relays and Party!

Today we run/walk the beach area in Manuel Antonio. The course will be a fun Beach Relays race format on one of Costa Rica’s prettiest beaches followed by a Beach Party. Run/walk and then chill-ax at the beach. Snacks, fruit, beer, and water will be included.

Overnight Si Como No Resort. Breakfast and Beach Party included.

Day 7 – January 22nd – Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike – Awards Party

Today we visit the Manuel Antonio National Park! It is the best place for wildlife viewing and you are almost guaranteed to see sloths, iguanas, several species of monkeys, as well as other exotic creatures.

Your naturalist guide will lead you along the well-kept trails to hidden beaches all the while pointing out interesting things along the way. Enjoy a dip in the sea and sink your toes into the soft sand of the beautiful Pacific beaches before returning to your hotel later in the afternoon to relax by the pool, have a couple of sunset cocktails, or explore a little of Manuel Antonio.

Tonight your vacation finishes with an awards dinner. Overnight Si Como No.

Breakfast and Awards Dinner included.

Day 8 – January 23rd – Time to Head Home or Extend Your Stay

Enjoy your last morning in the tropical sun before taking your private transfer to San Jose in time to join your international flight home.

Or, consider extending your trip and enjoy Costa Rica a little longer. We will have options to extend your stay in either The Springs or the Si Como No Hotels or consider a 5-day add-on adventure to a remote eco-lodge for world-famous rafting, hiking, and ziplines.

Breakfast and Airport Transfer included.



* $4,100 per person double occupancy sharing a room – Superior Room (Si Como No Resort)

* $4,200 per person double occupancy sharing a room – Deluxe Room (Si Como No Resort)

* $4,350 per person double occupancy sharing a room – Deluxe Plus Room (Si Como No Resort)


* $5,670 per person single rate

* $5,770 per person single rate

* $5,920 per person single rate

Booking Notes


Booking Deposit – A $650 deposit per person is due at the time of booking. The final balance is due June 10, 2021.

Roommate Finder: If you are a single looking to share a room, please indicate this on the application and we will do our best to accommodate your request. You can also post to our private Facebook group for the already registered participants. Please note, if we are unable to arrange a roommate or if a roommate cancels, single rates will apply.


  • November 1 2020 – January 18, 2021: $250 is non-refundable.
  • January 19 , 2021 – June 1, 2021: $650 deposit is non-refundable.
  • After June 10, 2021: 100% of the trip package is non-refundable.

Cancellations must be received in writing (email is fine) by the date indicated.


Trip Information

8-Day Package Includes:

  • 8 Nights Accommodation including taxes; 4 nights at the 5-Star Springs Resort and 3 nights at the 4-Star Si Como No Resort and Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arenal Volcano 5K and 10K Run/Walk
  • Volcano Canopy and Zipline Tour
  • Lake Arenal 5K and 10K Run/Walk
  • Ocean Vista 5K and 10K
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
  • Welcome and Awards Dinners
  • Breakfast every morning; dinners per itinerary
  • Private Facebook Group to get to know your new traveling friends, share training stories and tips, and support and motivation
  • Official Run Costa Rica Gear: Tech Shirt, Backpack, Hat, and Medal
  • Transportation to all events, guides, and permits
  • U.S. Based Group Leader (Jenny Hadfield and John Bingham) for the entire trip
  • Airport Transfers
  • All Taxes and Permits
  • A bucket list trek of a lifetime, new active friends, and lots of laughs

Not Included (extra personal expenses):

  • Flights
  • Extra Tours
  • Meals or drinks not specified by the itinerary
  • International Medical / Travel Insurance (required)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips for Guides on Extra Tours

The Events – Run/Walks, Hike, and Canopy Tour

The three run/walk events are flat to low rollers on secondary roads (jeep trails – groomed) and flat trail along the beach. The elevation is low at sea level to 800 feet. You will earn spectacular views of the world-famous Arenal Volcano and countryside, a true Costa Rican rainforest, tranquil oceanside.

The Volcano Canopy and Zipline Tour is a must-do, must-see, adventure! You will have a birds eye view of the volcano, the lake and the rainforest all in one Sky Experience. The Manuel Antonio National Park Hike will have distances and variety of paces to suit the needs and wants of everyone on the trip. It is the best place for wildlife viewing and you are almost guaranteed to see sloths, iguanas, several species of monkeys and other exotic creatures.

Electric Supply Costa Rica

The electricity sockets in Costa Rica are 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2-pronged flat type, so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking this trip that you must be insured against medical incidents. We would also recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance, as your trip is non-refundable after the final payment is made on June 1, 2021.

NOTE: If you purchase Travel Insurance with the “Cancel for Any Reason” package, it must be purchased within 14 days of booking the trip on January 18, 2021.

We recommend The Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance, a one-stop integrated travel protection program for adventurers. Ripcord covers nearly 10 million people worldwide and provides travel assistance, international medical, and travel insurance.

Benefits include – Insurance coverage tailored for adventurers. – A completely integrated program with a single contact for emergency services to travel assistance and insurance claims. – Evacuation and Rescue services from our point of emergency all the way home. – 24/7 contacts with medical and security professionals.

For detailed packages and pricing, please visit: or contact 415-481-0600. Simply tell them you’re going on a Marathon Expeditions trip with Jenny Hadfield and they will guide you in tailoring a customized plan for the Run Costa Rica Trip. This can be done at the time of booking this trip in January 2021.

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