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Adventure Races at Hacienda Guachipelin

The North Face Endurance Challenge

Since 2013 one of the most popular international ultra-trail running events in Latin America, The North Face Endurance Challenge Costa Rica, is held every year in May at Hacienda Guachipelin and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

Organized by The North Face outdoor gear and clothing company in the USA, hundreds of runners from all over the world compete in four endurance trail-running races of 10km, 21km, 50km and 80km. The race courses vary in difficulty and terrain, spanning altitudes between 850 feet and 3,280 feet.

Rincon de la Vieja Challenge

Also since 2013, the annual Rincon de la Vieja Challenge extreme mountain bike race tests elite mountain bikers on a 100-mile (160 km) circumnavigation of the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. Held at the end of August or beginning of September, the Rincon de la Vieja Challenge is the first international chapter of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) of the USA; and it is the first adventure race in Latin America to circumnavigate an active volcano.

Competitors have 12 hours to ride gravel roads, singletrack, and river and volcanic rock trails through five microclimates with close to 11,000 feet of elevation gain.

160K Rincon de la Vieja

The newest Costa Rica adventure race – 160K Rincon de la Vieja Mountain Bike Race – zooms into action in August 2016 at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. Racers will compete in three distances: 160 km (100 miles), 100 km (62 miles), and 50 km (31 miles) by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.