This weekend San Gerardo de Rivas hosts its biggest event of the year! The 29th edition of the Chirripo Race or Carrera Chirripo. 14 km of backbreaking running up and then the same down to compete for the prizes and the fame that comes with Costa Rica’s most famous marathon.

It’s a great time to visit San Gerardo and participate in a 4 day fiesta that’s full of fun. If you like you can roll up your sleeves and volunteer too! Here are the main events:

Friday February 24
4:30 pm – Talent show to elect the Queen of the Fiesta
7:00 pm – Gala dinner (by invitation only)

Saturday February 25
7:00 am – Start of the race from the plaza, San Gerardo de Rivas
8:00 am – Family activities and programs about conservation and preventing forest fires
10:00 am – Racers begin to return!
4:00 pm – Prizes awarded
8:00 pm – Disco dance, Community hall.

Sunday February 26
10:00 am – end of the Talamanca Mountain Bike Race, San Gerardo plaza
11:00 am – 3rd place football game – Chirripo Cup, Canaan sportsfield
1:00 pm – Prizes awarded for Mountain Bike Race
3:00 pm – Final football game – Chirripo cup, San Gerardo sportsfield

Monday February 27
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – football, San Gerardo sportsfield
5:00 pm – Huge BINGO, followed by FREE disco dance.

All weekend – meals served at all times in the Community center, ice cream, bar open and much more.