Under the hot Puntarenas sun, 158 athletes took part in the second edition of the Red Bull San Lucas Escape challenge.
The competition challenged the intrepid athletes to run 10 kilometres through the rugged terrain of San Lucas island (off the coast of the town of Puntareans) to reach the waters, get on a kayak and paddle the seven kilometres to back to the Puntarenas coast. Not all of the participants were entitled to the rafts to leave the island, on 85% could achieve a successful escape from the island that once housed Costa Rica’s infamous prison.
Rene Jimenez and Andres Arias were the winning team, taking home an all expenses paid trip to the Wings For Life World Run 2017. Their time was 2:02:38, 25 seconds ahead of runners-up Deybi Quiros and Mario Zumbado.
Last year, Jimenez and Arias were also the winners, with a time of 2:12:43.
Red Bull brand created this competition in Costa Rica last year (2015) because it lines up perfectly with the feel of the brand: adventure destinations that challenge and extreme sports athletes to give their best, in beautiful settings.
To make the race interesting, the participants were being chased by two professional athletes, Costa Rica’s Ivannia Fonseca and New Zeeland’s Braden Currie, who role played the part of prison guards.