The 2018 The Coastal Challenge today came to an end on the stunning beaches of Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula.
Tom Evans and Ragna Debats are the champions after a masterclass of multi-day running. The duo obliterated the 2017 records set by Tom Owens and Anna Frost. I think it’s fair to say, these records may be around for while!
The 22km final day is a stunning day, starting and finishing on Bahia Drake, the loop is like a mini Coastal Challenge all compressed into one stage. Waterfalls, rainforest, plantations, dusty fire trail, water crossings, beaches, coves and the stunning Pacific as a backdrop as the runners make the way to the finish.
Tom Evans wanted the course record and he ran today, once again with Hayden Hawks. The duo worked together, creeping in under the 2-hour mark and securing a place in history. Tom Evans as the champion and Hayden Hawks as the 2nd. Any other year and Hawks would be the champion, but as the American said, “Tom has been on fire and I have tried to push but really, I have been holding on!’
Previous TCC winner and course record holder Michael Wardian finished 3rd overall and then the battle for first Costa Rican was on – Erick Aguero dominated the day.
For the ladies’ it was a neutral day with the top-3 ladies running together for much of the stage. Finally, Ragna Debats finished hand-in-hand and third places Suzanna G finished 3rd.
The line was full of emotion as an epic journey has come to an end. The 2018 TCC will go down in history as the fastest ever.
2019 will see the 15th edition of the race and I believe we can expect something special!
For now though, it’s all about Evans and Debats celebrating victory. This evening, the awards will take place on the beach with a roaring camp fire.
What else would you expect?
- Tom Evans 1:59:54
- Hayden Hawks 1:59:55
- Erick Aguero 2:00:26
- Neruda Cespedes 2:09:09
- Michael Wardian 2:10:48
- Ragna Debats 2:27:57
- Ester Alves 2:27:58
- Suzanna Guadarrama 2:34:38
- Shannon Colley 3:08:39
- Kerri Treheme 3:09:35
- Tom Evans 21:44:11 new CR
- Hayden Hawks 21:48:36
- Michael Wardian 25:17:42
- Erick Aguero 25:36:15
- Neruda Cespedes 25:39:00
- Ragna Debats 26:14:39 new CR
- Ester Alves 29:59:42
- Suzanna Guadarrama 30:41:30
- Mirta Reaple 35:08:36
- Josephine Adams 36:07:38
Full results at www.webscorer.com
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