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The End of Extreme?

There may be some big changes afoot here in the land of GOALS…

After several months of back-and-forth over possible lineups for the Raid the North Extreme, Brent and I are contemplating a change of venue for this summer’s big race.

Because of timing and logistics, our options were either the Raid in British Columbia, or the Caribbean Challenge in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Canada was more appealing for a variety of reasons – the epic scope of the course, the reputation of the race direction, the expanse of the Rockies, the climate and temperature and timing (at the end of July) – but the challenges of building a team are becoming increasingly cumbersome.

And there’s also a certain allure to Costa Rica – the novelty of an international race, the diverse eco-system, the organization that comes with an adventure racing world championship qualifier, the price (less than a quarter of the cost of Raid, plus cheaper airfare and direct flights)…

Initially, Costa Rica wasn’t an option for us, as the dates interfered with the school year.  Now, with it rescheduled for the end of June, with three of four teammates already committed, with the prospects of skirting live volcanoes and traversing monkied tree canopies (and hanging out with crocodiles and jaguars???), it’s looking more and more like 2011 might become the Year of the Jungle.

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11 responses to “The End of Extreme?

  1. Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I don’t think Costa Rica is all too shabby, either. And it being rescheduled is like fate!

  2. Laurie March 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Jealous! In case you haven’t heard Costa Rica is sort of my favorite place ever. We went to thea Caribbean Coast in December — the coast is flat (mostly). Eight miles west of the coast, however, giant mofo hills that cars/trucks/buses have trouble getting up. And the views along those climbs will make you stop and stare.
    June starts rainy season — remember that mud is your friend. And also remember that you need to take a few days before/after the race to hang out and enjoy the country!

  3. Kim (Book Worm Runs) March 15, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Wow, that sounds so amazing!!! 🙂 Like Julie said above, maybe it was fate that it was rescheduled??? Regardless of which one you choose I can’t wait to read about all your training and of course the race itself!! 🙂

  4. Kari w/ Jogging with Fiction March 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica and you’d be right in the middle of things, not going touristy. Sounds awesome!

  5. Mallory March 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

    JUNGLE!!! Do it!!! That sounds awesome!

  6. Emily March 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I would so not be complaining about switching from Canada to Costa Rica! That would be crazy awesome.

  7. Angela Kidd March 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Costa Rica is fabulous – and I’ve only done the touristy thing there. Actually going into the jungle and really experiencing it, well I think that sounds really freaking awesome.

  8. Julie March 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Now THAT looks amazing!!! I’m going to watch it again!

  9. janae@hungryrunnergirl.com March 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    WOW!!! I am so so excited for you and also really jealous!!! You better take a million pictures:) Hope you are having an amazing day!

  10. Black Knight March 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I would like to visit Costa Rica …. and Canada too.

  11. Tee March 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Do the Costa Rica – while Rossland’s trail & the Kootenays are a gut challenge, the opportunity to experience the whitewater, canopies, jungle & more is a real experience that shouldn’t be missed … especially during the rainy season – imagine Survivor on steriods.

    Cheers, Tee

    Tee is the founder and senior editor of Costa Rica CLOSEUP a Travel Guide to Costa Rica with Events, Articles and Information for everyone traveling, retiring and/or purchasing real estate in Costa Rica. Please visit http://www.costaricacloseup.com for more information.

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