Over the weekend of June 30 – July 1, two races attracted over 1,800 participants from all over Costa Rica to EARTH’s Guácimo campus. The fourth annual cross-country race, on Saturday, drew about 145 participants and featured a 10K route. The eighth annual mountain bike race, on Sunday, drew about 1,700 participants, who could choose between a 22K short route and a 36K long route. Both races were part of the activities organized for the Tropical America Fair.
The course for each began and ended at the roundabout near the W.K. Kellogg Library. Participants not only had the opportunity to enjoy the sporting activities but also to explore the campus green spaces, as the race courses included forest reserves, areas of grassland dirt and mud roads, rivers, the organic farm, forest plantations and fruit plantations on the University campus. Many of the runners and cyclists also brought family and friends and stayed on campus after the races to enjoy the Tropical America Fair.
All proceeds from the races, like those from the Fair, benefited the fund that fourth-year students have created to bring their parents to the University graduation ceremony in December.
For a list of the winners by gender and age group, please visit: https://www.earth.ac.cr/about-earth/feria-america-tropical/resultados-de-las-competencias/