A nutritionist from Colorado has become the first person to run a gruelling 261-mile mountain bike course in Costa Rica.
The Ruta De Los Conquistadores, considered to be one of the most difficult mountain bike courses in the world, goes from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean, across volcanoes and through jungles, and usually takes mountain bikers three stages in three days. Will Laughlin took just 82 hours to complete it on foot: a time that's quicker than many mountain bikers.
“That was the most amazing adventure I’ve ever had,” says Will, who's 45.
“There was heat, rain, mud, 40% inclines, thick jungle, river crossings, deadly traffic, hooligans and rickety rail road bridges. I got lost. My crew got lost. We were wet and tired and sore much of the time.
“For most of the run – especially at night – I was completely alone, since the crew vehicles couldn’t follow me on much of the trail.”
Will's no stranger to long distance: he's previously run 150 miles through the Sahara Desert, 200 miles over the Rocky Mountains and 155 miles in China’s Gobi Desert, but he thinks this experience was the best.
“Despite all the challenges, it was about the most fun I’ve ever packed into four days. Costa Rica's an incredible country,” Will finishes.
To read more about Will's trip, and to find out more about his own brand of peanut butter, see www.nut-rients.com and www.nut-rients.com/blog.