The Coastal Challenge

Costa Rica


Multi-stage trail running


Organised annual event


7 days



Difficulty rating


What is it?

The Coastal Challenge is a multi-stage trail running race where you’ll test your mental and physical strength in order to survive the heavy tropical forest & beach weather.

It’s considered one of the top trail running races in the world, but the event is much more than that.

A complete experience where runners (world pro and amateurs), staff & media interact in a 24 hours all inclusive base camp experience.


The course is set along Costa Rica’s tropical Pacific coastline but weaves at times into the Talamancas, a coastal mountain range in the Southwest corner of the country.


You’ll finish near the border of Panama in a serene fishing village that until recently was only accessible by boat.


Terrain: jungle and rainforest trails, mountain trail and single track across ridge lines, highlands and coastal ranges; beaches, rocky outcroppings and reefs, river and estuary crossings.


The race ends in Corcovado National Park, one of the premier rainforest experiences in the world as well as a Unesco World Heritage site.

Route Map

  • Download Spanish Version here

  • Download English Version here

What’s It Like To Complete – blog Post


“Hugging the coastline, the race travels in and out of the stunning Talamanca mountain range via dense forest trails, river crossings, waterfalls, long stretches of golden beaches backed by palm trees, dusty access roads, high ridges and open plains. At times technical, the combination of so many challenging elements is only intensified by the heat and high humidity that slowly but surely reduces even the strongest competitors to exhausted shells.”


Taken from this blog by Ian Corless, with some fantastic pictures.

To find out more

Visit the official website to find out more and to sign up. 

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