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La Transtica 2010 Story & Images Bernard Marchal

On November 12th the first team from the organization left San José to carry out the last reconnaisance on the areas affected by the heavy rains of the end of October.

The situation on the ground was not brilliant but solutions were found, and alternatives were validated in order to be able to cover the 5 stages in total safety.

In San Jose, the rest of the organization focused on the final preparations before the race, on the clearance of our donation through customs and on the validation of the solidarity projects.

November 18th, 9 AM:

A Press conference followed by a briefing between organization and runners - 48 participants (including 8 women) representing 7 different nations, USA, Sweden, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and of course Costa Rica.

The organization team, from France and Costa Rica was composed of 20 members, including two doctors, two French physiotherapists and 7 firemen and were reinforced as in 2009, by a dozen Firemen from the “Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica” with their vehicles and logistics. One of our doctors ran the race with the runners to take care of their safety.

On the solidarity aspect of the race, the container with the donation from Monoprix, 1,300 kg of school stationery arrived at Puerto Limon and we worked actively on its custom clearance with the assistance and the support of the French Embassy in San José, the ministry of Tourism (ICT) and the ministry for the Sports (ICODER) in Costa Rica.

In addition, the 1st Challenge Technip Humania, organized by the Company Technip France and its employees to finance the solidarity projects carried out by theassociation El Niño during La Transtica 2010, was an exceptional success as they collected nearly 9.000 Euros.

An extra 2.000 € will be added from benefit collected by associations El Nino and CG Sport Vent, at races they organized in France, “La Free Ride Classic Mandelieu”, “Le Trail des Illuminés” and “Le Trail des Balcons d’Azur” as well as a donation of $940, from profits of the sale of T-shirt,s carried out by a couple of runners - Amalric and Lejosne.

In the afternoon, the first donation of educational and exercises books to the library of the School “Finca la Caja”, which takes care of 1,800 children from the disadvantaged district of La Carpio. This donation was financed with more than $7,000 from funds collected by the 1st Challenge Technip Humania.

3 Laptops, a donation of the Company Thales Alenia Space, was also given to this school, including one for the association Voz of Carpio which works for the rehabilitation of this district.

November 19th: Prologue

After a transfer to Manuel Antonio, it was time for the prologue - 2 loops of 3 km on the beach of Manuel Antonio.

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The sun was shining on the beautiful setting where some watched and others ran, ending with a victory on the Extreme course by Roini Villegas (CR), winner in 2009, in 23’34’’, before Vincent Rivoire (FR) and Richard Finot (FR).

On the Adventure course, David Loutzenheiser (USA), finished 1st in 26’09’’ in front of 5 runners within a minute!

The competitors had a swim in the warm water of the Pacific Ocean, before benefitting from a last night of comfort at the Parador hotel.

During the dinner, an electro cardiogram (Hospital of Cannes) and a laptop (Thales Alenia Space) was given to the representatives of the dispensary of Londres, in prolongation of our 2008 and 2009 aid.

November 20th: Stage 1: Paquita - Selvita – Napoles

The departure of the Extremes was at 9:18, for 38 km and 1,740 m of positive altitude gain.

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