For the second year in a row, Tulemar Beach has been part of the 10 kilometer course for the “Manuel Antonio Extreme” beach race, Reto M.A.E., organized by local non-profit foundation Fundacion Sonrisas y Esperanzas for children in need.
In its second edition, the race that was created a year ago to raise funds for orphans in the area, nearly doubled the number of participants over the previous year. Two options were given to participants; the complete 10 kilometer route or a 7 kilometer walk, both which had the same finish line location.
The race started at 7:00 AM at Marina Pez Vela in nearby Quepos, continued through the mountains and several beaches along the Pacific coastline, and ended on Manuel Antonio public beach. About half- way through the race, participants crossed the grounds inside Tulemar, making use of Tulemar’s hiking trails and secluded beach as part of the course of the beach trail race.
Julien Buralli, a personal concierge at Tulemar, participated in the challenge and explains, “the trails through the jungle are really tough, with a lot of mud and roots, and most of the beaches are rocky; but once you arrive to Tulemar, the well maintained trails and the nice sandy beach really give you a break.”
Tulemar is Manuel Antonio’s top rated resort, known for its luxury rentals, and well-kept grounds with lush gardens, natural trails, lookout points, and wildlife.
Out of 142 participants, Josue Cordero Lopez was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 54 minutes and 24 seconds, followed 2 seconds later by Alvaro Arce Leon, last year’s winner.
Plans for a third Reto M.A.E event in November 2015 event are anticipated.