FAQs

Questions to help you prepare Jimbee Volcano Costa Rica

Who can attend Jimbee Volcano UltraMarathon?

All those people, men and women who want to test their physical and mental abilities, in an unrepeatable environment. VUM is a race with freedom of pace. With room for both elite athletes and adventure lovers with good physical condition.

Can a friend come, familiar with me?

Yes. The VUM organization offers a companion program in parallel to the race that allows you to travel together, see your family or friends during the daily stages, departures and arrivals, camps, etc. Learn, info@volcanoultramarathon.com

What level is necessary to participate in the VUM?

Volcano Ultramarathon is open to a wide range of forgiveness, with different sports capabilities, free rhythm race, with cut and close times at check points and wide goals for different race rhythms. However, the hardness of the stages in terms of unevenness and distance, make it a selective test for those who are not used to running or walking at a good pace long distances and significant slopes, keep in mind that it must come with something more than a basic sports preparation.

On what type of terrain does VUM run?

The terrain is varied and mainly runs through jungle trails, dry and wet mountains, volcanoes and crossing. It is outside the usual routes of passage and transit of people. There are very few sections without unevenness, whether positive or negative, Costa Rica’s own geography means that we must overcome all these types of land, we must pay close attention to the flora and fauna of the country since it will require a lot of attention to keep us out of danger
We must remember that you participate in an extreme event.

Where does the race take place?

With departure in the northwest of the country, crossing downtown, heading southwest. Passing through some of the largest and oldest volcanoes in Costa Rica, sleeping a few meters from the crater of some of them, passing through dead areas due to volcanic activities. Constantly discovering unusual corners, communities, tribes and natural areas, one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity on the planet. We will travel between 100 and 3000 meters high.

What is the route?

The final route will be announced to the participants on day 2 at the time of delivery of the ROAD BOOK and TECHNICAL talk.

What time will we get up?

The wake-up time is free, it is recommended between 2 or 2: 30h before the start of each stage, at that time the hot water is ready for the preparation of breakfast, up to 30 minutes before each departure, which will begin the briefing of each stage Departure times will be around 05:30 to 8:00 am.

What is the closing time of arrival at the finish line from the start?

The closing times of the passage controls, as well as the entry into the finish line, vary according to distances and stage differences. In any case, all stages must start and end with sunlight, that is, they will never exceed 7 to 9 hours from departure to end of stage, enough time estimated by the organization to complete the itineraries for a person with a good physical condition.

If I get out of control, can I continue on the run?

If a runner enters outside the cut-off times established by the organization, 10 hours in normal stages, 20 hours in the queen stage, he will be able to continue in the race and therefore take the exit the next day, provided that his physical condition allows it and Authorized by the medical and career director.
Read Article 6 and 11 of career regulations.

Can I be alone on the track by slow my pace?

In no case will no participant be left alone on the track. A SWEEPER team of the organization is always behind the runner in last position.

Should we bring liquids and food during the race?

Yes, a minimum of 2000 calories, this will be checked on the day of your dorsal’s delivery and must accompany the entire route for the day of its consumption.
REMEMBER, event without assistance, only providing 10L of average water per athlete at each stage, a minimum load capacity for 2.5L water will be required
Each runner must carry a minimum of 2,000 calories per day, for a total of 7 days, adding a minimum of 14,000 calories.

What is the distance between supplies?

It depends on the stages, although as a general rule, refreshments can be found every 10 or 12 kms.

What is in the supplies?

Only water as hydrate contribution to the runner, an average of 3L per athlete. In the CP (control of passage) we will have medical assistance as well as a rest area.

What should I do if I want to leave?

Dropouts are situations reflected in the race regulations. They can occur before the start of the stage or during the course, the abandonment must be communicated in one of the step controls, career personnel or organization. Whenever possible, the runner must reach the finish line by his own means together with the organization team that is in the race queue. If this is not possible, a pick-up procedure will be activated by the race management.

Should I bring some type of medicine cabinet?

In the CPs (passage controls), as well as in the camps, there is a medical service available to the participants. In any case, each runner must carry their first aid kit with the established material as mandatory material, see mandatory material.

Will the route be marked?

The route will be duly and sufficiently signposted in order to avoid unwanted “misunderstandings”.

Can i get lost

Although the course of the race runs through clearly marked paths, and therefore following the itinerary should not pose any kind of complication, the possibility of getting lost is objectively possible, so that each runner will have a ROUTE BOOK, compass (material mandatory) and emergency SPOT, device delivered in technical talk as well as the indications for use.
In any case, if there is a manifestly complex area, it will be monitored by a person from the organization who will give the relevant indications.

Is there mobile phone coverage?

During the itinerary there are several areas with mobile phone coverage. In any case, said coverage is not continuous throughout the route.
In Costa Rica there are not many problems of coverage, pay attention to international data expenses, we recommend that the mobile if it is perspired is well watertight since rivers will be crossed.

What are the camps like?

Each camp will have an organization area and a corridor area. The runners will be housed in individual tents and the services they will have will be: dining tent, medical services shop, camp chief tent at the entrance of the same and W.C.

How will we sleep in the camps?

In “igloo” type tents. It is recommended to carry a mat.

Will I have electricity in the camps?

Yes, but limited in quantity and schedule.
The camps, for obvious reasons, will not have power, the organization will try to put the means to do so, be aware of the limitations, so you can load any item (camera, mobile, watch, etc ..)

Can I buy food or drink during the stage?

NO, it is advised that it carries a penalty.

Is the water I will drink during the race safe?

The water supplied by the organization, both in supplies and meals, will be all bottled. The organization will mark the areas on the route where it recommends drinking water.

Are there medical staff during the race to attend the runners?

A medical team will be at the start and finish of the stage. Also, one or two members of this team are on the course of the test at the checkpoints.

What is the expected weather during the race?

In general terms, the climate in Costa Rica consists of two seasons: the dry and wet season, we will be crossing the country in both environments.
In any case, and given the global weather changes, we must take personal equipment into account in the event of any unforeseen weather, take a look at the material recommendations.
It should be noted that the test is carried out at different heights depending on the stage, so we can calculate that the minimum temperatures at the highest points of the race, especially at night and dawn, can reach 0 ° C or -5 ° C. That is why we provide a Cold Bag, it will be delivered and explained in a technical talk.

Should I bring warm material?

We will be in a dry and humid environment, but we will have stages at a high altitude, a complete change of cold is recommended, it will be delivered to the organization to be provided for that night.

Is a visa necessary to enter Costa Rica?

To enter Costa Rica you need a valid passport with a minimum validity of 90 days, for VISA check your nationality and requirements.
http://www.costarica-embassy.org/index.php?q=node/23

Do I need vaccines to enter Costa Rica?

There are no compulsory vaccinations, although it is advisable to consult with the External Health Services of our Community, as well as to have the tetanus, essential or reminder vaccine up to date.