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Posted: April 30, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Costa Rica Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Offers Economic Eco-Experience

Events Are Set For September 12

BOSTON -- Runners and walkers looking to combine ecotourism with an economy-friendly travel adventure can turn to the September 12th Costa Rica Marathon and Half Marathon, announced Marathon Tours and Travel, the official North American travel agency for the event. It will be Marathon Tour's first trip to any running event in Central America.

"Costa Rica is synonymous with ecotourism," said Thom Gilligan, president of Boston-based Marathon Tours and Travel. "Plus the trip has an excellent adventure-for-the-dollar value, something people are looking for during these difficult economic times."
Held primarily in the village of Tamarindo on Costa Rica's northwest Pacific coast, the Costa Rica Marathon (also known as the Tamarindo Beach Marathon) event weekend also includes 30K, half-marathon and 10K run/walks. The gently rolling, out-and-back courses start in downtown Tamarindo and travel through neighboring villages.

Marathon Tours offers a four-night travel package starting at $699 in Tamarindo at the all-inclusive Barcelo Langosta Beach Resort. Located in Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo is known for its white sand beaches, water sports and nearby ecological parks that feature leatherback turtle nesting colonies as well as other fauna and flora native to the area.

Runners opting to explore this intriguing Central American country even further can opt for Marathon Tour's five-night extension package that includes visits to the rainforest, Arenal Volcano National Park and more.

For more information on Marathon Tours and Travel, please visit, write to or call (617) 242-7845.

About Marathon Tours and Travel
Founded in 1979, Boston-based Marathon Tours and Travel is a travel agency that specializes in the running niche market and offers tours and travel services to running events on all seven continents, including those in far-flung destinations such as Antarctica, Easter Island, Kenya and the Great Wall of China.

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