Festival dates 2013: February 22nd – February 25th.
RACE: February 23rd
Once a year, in late February, San Gerardo hosts a four day fiesta known as Carrera Internacional Ecológica y Cultural al Cerro Chirripó. In English: the International Chirripó Marathon.
Believe it or not hundreds of athletic competitors arrive from all over the world to race 34-km up and down the country’s highest peak – Cerro Chirripó!
Starting at 7 a.m. (in the cool!) runners leave from Plaza de San Gerardo de Rivas, heading uphill to the Crestones base camp and down again. The winner usually returns in just over 3 hours, though the fun goes on all day as young and old, women and men, return to a hero’s welcome in the plaza.
Over the four days the village Community Association and the Race Committee will host the following program:
Race Program for the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Carrera Chirripo
FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2013
1:00 to 4:00 PM RECEPTION AND DELIVERY OF NUMBER OF ATHLETES
4:00 PM DISCUSSION WITH WARNER RED
(First Costa Rican to climb Mount Everest)
6:00 PM DINNER FOR ATHLETES, Special Guests and Sponsors
6:00 PM KARAOKE IN THE PLAZA
Saturday, February 23
7:00 am RACE STARTS!
7:15 a.m. FAMILY WALK: ‘CARING TOGETHER’
8:00 a.m. OPENING OF THE SECOND FLOOR OF SALON COMUNAL
8:30 a.m. LITTLE CHILDREN’S RECREATION
9:15 a.m. GAMES
10:00 am ATHLETES START TO RETURN!
1:00 PM RAFFLES AMONG WALK PARTICIPANTS
4:00 PM AWARDS TO CHIRRIPÓ RACE WINNERS.
5:00 pm LIVE MUSIC WITH THE SON VALLEY ORCHESTRA
8:00 PM GREAT DANCING WITH DISCO “MEDITERRANEAN”
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24
8:00 AM MASS
10:00 AM. FINAL OF THE 7th ED. CHIRRIPÓ FOOTBALL CUP
12:00 PM CHIRRIPÓ CUP AWARDS
4:00 PM SENSATIONAL BINGO
7:00 PM DANCE GROUP INNOVATION
(RAFFLE PRIZES among the top 100 COUPLES)
MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY
3:00 PM ARRIEROS FOOTBALL MATCH VS. ‘THE CLUELESS’
4:30 PM COMMUNITY VETERANS FOOTBALL GAME
7:00 PM CLOSE OF THE FIESTAS – SENSATIONAL FIREWORK DISPLAY
DELICIOUS MEALS DAILY IN THE SALON COMUNAL AND CAFÉ BAMBÚ
Special prize of ¢ 250,000 per athlete to break the record for female and male category in five minutes or more!
For a flavour of real Costa Rican celebrations visit San Gerardo during the Races – don’t forget to book ahead as hotels will be hopping!