The Coastal Challenge reaches new heights in 2019 celebrating 15-years of amazing racing.
The 14th edition completed in February 2018 at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, was a record breaker! Yes, course records were broken daily and Tom Evans and Ragna Debats elevated the overall CR’s to a new level obliterating the 2017 records set by the UK’s Tom Owens and New Zealand’s Anna Frost.
Time never stands still and to make the 15th edition of TCC extra special, race director’s Rodrigo Carazo and Sergio Sanchez have confirmed a new incentive for the 2019 edition of the race.
A reward purse totalling $8000 will be up for grabs as the race gets underway from the stunning beaches of Quepos, Costa Rica.
Each day, $250 will be up for grabs should the stage course records be broken by the fastest male or female. For example, in 2018, Tom Evans broke every stage record, that would have been rewarded with a $1500 payout!
Should the overall course record set in 2018 by Tom Evans or Ragna Debats be broken in 2019, $2500 will be on offer. Should the male and female record go, that is a payout of $5000.
Feel like a fast start to 2019? It comes no faster than the 15th edition of The Coastal Challenge!
Jordi Gamito has just won the Everest Trail Race in Nepal. The first non-Nepali to win the race in its 8-year history. This comes on the back of an incredible 2018 season when Jordi made the podium at UTMB.
He now joins TCC2019.
What attracts you to Costa Rica?
All!! I visited Costa Rica once and it was incredible and very wild. I am very excited to step on that land again and feel the “Pura Vida” again.
This is the 15th edition of the TCC, a special one – what do you know about the race?
That it will be a true adventure, with a lot of wild scenes and pure nature.
Heat and humidity will play a major factor in the race, how do you plan to adapt?
I don’t know! I think it will be the hardest part of the race for me. I live in the Pyrenees and from now to April is full of snow. The contrast will be the hardest for me.
Ragna Debats and Tom Evans set incredible course records in 2017. There is prize money available for a new CR in 2019 – does that motivate you? Can you break the record?
It’s always a motivation. However it will be the first race of the season and I don’t know how I will feel. But of course, I will try to do my best.
Multi-day racing brings many different challenges to a single-stage race – what are you most looking forward to? What are you most fearful of?
What I love the most in multi-day racing is to share all the hours of the day with other runners. A special bond is created that makes the experience unique.
The elite line-up is incredible for 2019, you will need to be in the best shape, does that excite you?
Always love running with the best runners.
February is early in the season, what will your winter training look like, so you will be ready for February?
I will try to be ready! However, I have to know that in winter my training is always hard due to the snow! I’m living in the pyrenees and from now to april all the mountains are full of snow.
I am sure you have looked at past editions of the race, viewed the stages, the profile – it is a tough race that suits a rounded athlete. You need to be able to climb, descend, handle technical trail and run on the flat – where will your strengths be?
I love technical trails, the more technical the better. So, this will be my strength in Costa Rica.
What experience do you have of multi-day racing? Y
I ran El Curce in 2014, Everest Trail Race in 2017, PIerra Menta Ete in 2018 and I have just won the 2018 edition of the Everest Trail Race!
Racing starts very early in Costa Rica, with the sun! An early finish allows for relaxation on the beach, you can even have a beer – combining racing and relaxation is a key of TCC. It is a ‘Pura Vida’ race – tell us about your hopes and desires for the 2019 edition.
I love traveling and discovering new trails to run. I love discovering the trails of new countries. So I think it will be a real good experience.
What three music choices would sum up your racing style?
“ Long way to the top” ACDC
“Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor (Rocky III)
“Working on a dream” Bruce Springsteen
Tell us about your nutrition and hydrations strategies for the race?
For me it is very important. I think that the key is eat often and the most important will be the hydratation… so drink, eat, drink, etc.
Tell us about key equipment such as shoes and apparel that you will use?
I will wear all the Compressport equipment and Altra shoes.
Tell us about your greatest achievement/ result in 2018?
I achieved a dream with 3rd place at UTMB!
Please list a summary of your career highlights for 2017 and 2018:
1 1º trail Mascareignes (Isla Reunion)
2 3º Ultra Pirineu (Catalonia)
3 3º UTMB (France)
4 2º Grossglokner trail
5 3º Pierra Menta Ete
6 2º Maxi Race 86km
7 3º Madeira Ultra Trail
8 3º Trilhos os Abutres
TCC as it is affectionately known is a multi-day race starting in the southern coastal town of Quepos, Costa Rica and finishing at the stunning Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. It is an ultimate multi-day running experience that offers a new challenge even to the most experienced runner. Taking place over 6-days, the race hugs the coastline of Costa Rica, travelling in and out of the stunning Talamanca mountain range. Even the strongest competitors are reduced to exhausted shells by the arrival of the finish line due to the combination of technical trails, dense forest, river crossings, waterfalls, long stretches of golden beach, dusty access roads, high ridges and open expansive plains.
You can read and view images from the 2017 edition HERE and the the 2018 edition HERE
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