Triathlon has been expanding in Costa Rica, both in participants and events. While the majority of competitions happen in the Pacific, other locations are taken into consideration. There have been events in the Caribbean and Golfito.
The newest location is San Carlos. The newest race will be in Florencia, San Carlos, on August 18. It will be a total distance of 80.4 km which is broken down into 1.4 swimming, 65 cycling and 14 km of running. It’s between the levels of Olympian and half Ironman.
The area was chosen for its safe roads, little traffic, and proximity to Lake Aguilar, where the swimming will take place. Usually the swimming portion is done in an ocean but it can be in a lake or pool too, according to the United Triathlon Federation (Feutri).
The BMW Tri Challenge in San Carlos will have a positive effect on the area. 80% of the people hired for the event will be locals. Additionally, the participants will use local hotels and restaurants.
Registration is open with a cost of $110.