Come to Galapagos Marathon & Half-Marathon
This will be the fifth annual Come to Galapagos Marathon. It will be hold the event in the same manner as last year: a private event for international runners, each of whom sponsors a local runner by paying for their entrance fee and optionally sending them running gear before or bringing it with them. The event will be open to international runners that also participate in the Come to Galapagos Marathon Tour Package.
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Your bilingual Galapagos National Park guide will be available dawn to dusk Oct. 18 through 25 for whatever you may need. He/she has a thorough knowledge of the geology, biology, history, current status and gossip of the Galapagos, as well as the experience of living here and knows when and where to be in order to make the most of your time, whether it’s iguana watching, sunset viewing, snorkeling or hammock location. These are some of the nicest, most personable people you have ever met.
Day 1 - Arrival in Guayaquil. Sheraton Hotel shuttle receives guests.
Day 2 - Flight to San Cristobal Galapagos where you’ll be met by running event coordinators. Typical arrival time 11 AM. Welcome lunch, orientation, race registration, bus tour of course. Traditional “pasta dinner” and early to bed.
Day 3 - The Marathon and half marathon have the same start and end point. Races start times will be adjusted for volume of runners, but will begin likely 6:00 AM marathon and 6:30 AM half marathon.
Day 4 - Light walking, recovery day. All day tour of the far side of the island: Commune with the Giant Tortoises in their reserve, visit the local farms where much of the food provided is grown, bananas, bamboo, papaya, guavas etc.
Day 5 - Fish with locals. This is a trip out with the local fishermen where they’ll explain/discuss how they fished in the past, what’s happened to the fisheries, what’s happening now and then you’ll go catch some fish for the night’s meal which you will have with the fisherman’s family. We were pioneers in developing this fishing with locals program with the National Park. The commercial fishermen must give up their commercial fishing license irrevocably to be able to have the license to take visitors out fishing. For the environment this means instead of harvesting thousands of fish a year to survive, they only harvest hundreds, all of which are eaten here thus also reducing the carbon footprint of importing or exporting food. For the fishermen themselves this allows them direct contact with people from outside the Galapagos (one of our “hearts” is sponsoring a fisherman’s son to study in the US) and for our visitors it allows them a glimpse into a different life style and a first hand account of the history of life in the Galapagos.
Day 6 - All day chartered boat trip to islets. Snorkeling with rays, turtles, sharks and sea lions. Visit nesting grounds of Frigate Birds, Pelicans, Boobies, Tropical birds, etc. Roam gorgeous, deserted, pristine beaches that could make travel posters cry.
Day 7 - Early morning travel to Isabela Island. This involves a short inter island plane flight. The flight is very scenic and an opportunity few tourists receive to view the Galapagos Islands from the air. The plane lands in Puerto Villamil, Isabela where you will check into Hotel Tintoreas.
Day 8 - Chartered boat trip to Tuneles. This is a really remarkable spot. Only a few visitors to the Galapagos get to see the geologic formations as well as the wildlife in and out of the water. Really one of the greatest hits of the Galapagos and you’re traveling during one of the few months when it is accessible.
Day 9 - Hike to volcano Sierra Negra, lunch in the highlands at Restaurant Hauser.
Day 10 - Commuter boat Isabela to Baltra airport where you’ll catch your return flight to Guayaquil. Sheraton shuttle receives guests in Guayaquil.
Day 11 - Return International Flight. Sheraton shuttle ensures that everyone arrives at the international terminal with your luggage, photos, smiles on your faces and hopefully a place in your hearts for Ecuador and the Galapagos.
Casa de Nelly (San Cristobal) - One of the first B&Bs; though the accommodations are more like private apartments.
Hosteria Tintoreas (Isabela Island)
Breakfasts are had at the hotel. All other meals are provided by local farmers and their families, serving locally grown produce, fruits, cheeses and fresh caught fish.
It is entirely possible to snorkel every dawn and sunset with the sealife. Your guide has years of experience snorkeling with everyone from deep water free divers to complete novices. Most of them are certified Dive Masters. Their goal is to be sure you enjoy all the riches of the Galapagos to the fullest and quite a few of those riches are to be found underwater.
The marathon course starts at 574 meters above sea level on the highest part of the paved road which crosses the island. It ends at a beach in town. The course is run on asphalt, cement or inlaid blocks with the exception of two stretches of dirt road, 4 kilometers and 2.3 kilometers. These two stretches are within the first 18 kilometers of the race. There are two stretches that run along the coast. The runners will pass through 5 vegetation zones (miconia, scalesia, transitional, arid and costal). Figuring in all of the undulations the course has an approximate net downhill of 808 meters (2,650.9 ft.) and an approximate net uphill of 234 meters (767.7 ft.). The last 10 kilometers have a net rise of 75 meters (246 ft.) and fall of 95 meters (311.5 ft.). The last 3 kilometers are flat.
The half marathon is run entirely on asphalt, cement or inlaid blocks. It starts at 574 meters above sea level on the highest part of the paved road which crosses the island. It ends in the soccer stadium in town at 19 meters above sea level, has an approximate net downhill of 584 meters (1,916 ft.) and an approximate net uphill of 42 meters (137.8 ft.).
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