The majority of participants and assistants in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon have chosen to stay in houses and condos during the competition that will take place from June 16-18 at Playas del Coco, according to Priscilla Solano, the executive president of the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism (in Spanish, CATURGA). Solano also said that approximately 80% of the competitors in the canton of Carrillo will be housed this way.
“The majority of the athletes come with their chef, personal trainer, family, and friends. Many of them have special diets, are vegan or vegetarian, so they prefer to stay in a house instead of a hotel,” said Solano.
Solano said that hotels in El Coco are practically full during the competition. There are vacancies in Playa Panamá, Hermosa, Papagayo, and Santa Cruz.
According to statistics from CATURGA, at least 50 hospitality-based businesses in the province will directly benefit from the triathlon.
Carlos Cantillo, the mayor of Carrillo, said that they have promoted the event through a video that showcases the canton’s natural beauty. The video cost ¢1,500,000 and was financed through sponsorships.
Regarding repairs on local streets, he said that they are in the process of repairing the road in the sector known as La Chorrera, and towards Playas del Coco.
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The event will have special operatives in transit, security, the Red Cross, National Emergency Commission, the firer department, and the event commission has received the green light from the Ministry of Health.
“There will be 70 police officers and 80 transit police officers on site,” said Solano.
The Transit Police will have checkpoints from San José to El Coco.
Flor de Liz Víquez, the president of the El Coco Development Association, stated that more than 100 volunteers from the community will help to collect waste together with the company Rasta Reciclaje.
Víquez said that a deep clean was performed on El Coco beach that included divers who removed debris from the ocean.
Víquez decided against organizing a fair with artisans and bull riding because of recommendations from the Health Ministry’s large events commission. The ministry did not authorize the fair because it could be a risk for visitors’ and competitors’ safety.
“The executive board of the Coco Integral Development Association decided not to hold the handicrafts and bull-riding fair due to the large events’ recommendation to avoid large groups of people,” said Solano.