Here at the organisation we can confirm that our event in Costa Rica will be going ahead. We are aware of the development of the current pandemic, with many restrictions and recommendations, but here at the organisation we have created a protocol which means we can confirm it will go ahead. Among the most important points are the following:
- All international runners must carry a NEGATIVE TEST conducted less than 72 hours beforehand.
- An antigen test will be taken for entry into the camp (ULTRA version).
- It will be compulsory to have medical insurance with cover for repatriation and medical services.
- We recommend taking as few flights as possible and avoiding stopovers.
- The government of Costa Rica recommends filling in the form called PASE DE SALUD or “Health Pass” at the following link: https://salud.go.cr/
- Instead of the night in a hotel upon arrival there will be a direct transfer to camp zero. All runners will have a shuttle service from the airport with members of the organisation.
It is compulsory for every participant to present a negative Covid test, either a PCR or antigen test. This should have a validity of 72 hours maximum, and must be presented in the medical check that will be set up upon the runners’ arrival. This test will be used by the organisation, and any public or private bodies that may request it.
The organisation has prepared a Covid protocol upon the runners’ arrival after transfer from the airport. The runners will be transferred to the start camp, instead of the night in a hotel, so as to minimise contacts until the antigen test has been done. This test will be conducted by medical personnel in the area set up for that purpose, and it will be done according to race number. Each runner will be placed in a zone depending on their race number, maintaining social distancing.
If the test result is negative, the participant will be given a green wristband to identify them as COVID FREE (which they must wear throughout the whole race) and they will then go to the camp and their assigned tent.
If the test result is positive an antibody test will be done. The antibody test recognises IgM and IgG immunoglobulins that have been generated specifically against the coronavirus. Depending on the results of this test:
- If the result is IgG positive: the participant is not contagious. They will be given a green wristband to identify them as COVID FREE (which they must wear throughout the whole race) and they will then go to the camp and their assigned tent.
- If the result is IgG negative: the participant will not be able to run because they could be contagious. The doctor in charge will tell the participant their result along with a person from the organisation. In line with the medical criteria, they may or may not be advised to visit a health centre to conduct a PCR test.
During the days of the race (26th March to 5th April) all of the groups involved in the race – participants, staff, assistance personnel, medical services, etc. – will have their temperature taken twice a day (upon departure and arrival).
Anyone with a temperature above 38º will take a rapid antigen test to rule out the possibility of positive SARS-COV-2. Equally, any person who has had contact with the symptomatic person in the camp must take a rapid test. If the result of the test is negative they will be able to continue participating in the event. If the result is positive, and following the medical criteria and symptoms present, the participant will have to quit the race and follow the recommendations of the health personnel. The organisation’s head doctor will give due notification of all positive cases.