The Coastal Challenge 2010 – Day 1

Javier Montero takes lead on day one of The Coastal Challenge

Written by Greg Dawson

Two-time champion of The Coastal Challenge Javier Montero seeks a record third straight victory on day one of the six-day adventure race in Costa Rica on Sunday, January 31, 2010. Photo: J. Andres Vargas

Two-time champion Javier Montero of Costa Rica is in position to take an unprecedented third win after stage one of The Coastal Challenge, a six-day adventure race in Costa Rica.

While un-matched in the previous two races, Montero will have his toughest challenge yet with newcomer and local Costa Rican Cesar Ortega. Ortega trailed Montero by less than three minutes by the end of the stage with a finishing time of 02:41:45.

Rounding out the top five finishers of stage one are Ty Stevens (USA), Victor Zuniga (CRC) and Mark Lattansi (USA) with finishing times of 03:02:00, 03:14:10 and 03:14:32, respectively.

Margaret Phillips (USA) lead the women’s division with a finish time of 04:01:42.

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About The Coastal Challenge (Route of Fire) – January 31 – February 6, 2010

Runners from around the world cover approximately 200 kilometers of exotic and wild Costa Rican mountainous regions and rugged coastline. For six days, runners embrace the spirit of adventure, discovery and camaraderie within a long distance running competition while navigating wide river crossings, rainforests, jungles, windswept highlands, beaches and rock outcroppings. It is an expedition run of epic proportions introducing competitors to the hospitality of the local Tico culture while pushing the limits of their will and
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