It was a hot day, a seriously hot day!
Leaving San Jose at 0430, runners eventually arrived at Quepos after 3hr bus drive and transferred to the beach for a 0930 start. It’s tough starting so late in the morning, particularly on the first day when there is no time to adapt to the heat and humidity.
Yes, the runners are thrown in at the deep end and the best advice is take it easy and ease in to the day!
The early flat miles ticked away, and it was Tom Evans and Michael Wardian who had a short lead over a pursuing Hayden Hawks at cp1 with 10km covered. For the ladies, it was Ragna Debats who stretched the pace and had a conniving gap over Ester Alves.
A dense section of rainforest and then some fast trails to cp2 saw Hawks and Evans move ahead of Wardian. The UK’s Marcus Scotney chased behind and then Timothy Olson. Hawks was pushing the pace but after cp3, Evans made a move and he opened up a small lead which he kept all the way to the line. Hawks finished 2nd and Scotney moved ahead of Wardian to take the 3rd slot. “I felt good today and I kept my heart rate low,” said Evans. “It was hot but all went well, we have a race on our hands!”
Debats for the ladies was in a race of her own despite post-race saying how hot and difficult it was, “I couldn’t breathe at times and I just had to walk to try and keep my temperature down.”
Behind Debats, a competitive race was unfolding with TCC 2016 winner Ester Alves chasing closely followed by Mirta Reaple. Alves held on for 2nd and Reaple finished 3rd 90-seconds later. Suzanna Guadarrama and Josephine Adams placed 4th and 5th.
Tomorrow, stage 2, the runners will cover 39.1km from Rafiki Lodge to Dominical Beach.
- Tom Evans 2:38:35
- Hayden Hawks 2:42:52
- Marcus Scotney 2:47:18
- Michael Wardian 2:50:22
- Timothy Olson 2:55:44
- Ragna Debats 3:20:55
- Ester Alves 3:34:16
- Mirta Reaple 3:35:51
- Suzanna Guadarrama 3:48:50
- Josephine Adams 3:51:16
Full results at www.webscorer.com
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