Chirripó Race and Festival

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.

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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!