Festival dates 2017: February 24th – February 26th.
RACE: February 25th
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 three days the village Community Association and the Race Committee will host the following program:
Preliminary Race Program for the 28th Anniversary Edition of the Carrera Chirripo
FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2017
- 1:00 to 4:00 PM RECEPTION AND DELIVERY OF NUMBER OF ATHLETES
- 6:00 PM DINNER FOR ATHLETES, Special Guests and Sponsors
Saturday, February 25
7:00 am RACE STARTS!
8:00 a.m. FAMILY WALK: ‘CARING TOGETHER’
10:00 am ATHLETES START TO RETURN!
4:00 PM AWARDS TO CHIRRIPÓ RACE WINNERS.
8:00 PM DANCE
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26
8:00 AM MASS
10:00 AM. FINAL OF THE CHIRRIPÓ FOOTBALL CUP
12:00 PM CHIRRIPÓ CUP AWARDS
DELICIOUS MEALS DAILY IN THE SALON COMUNAL
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!