Costa Rica La Ruta 7km Swim

Coach Jake piloting a Water World Swim at the Aquatic Park

Here is Coach Jake’s recap of the event and his travel adventure, firsthand!


So, the idea began with a quick peek at the Water World Website and I saw a Costa Rica swim. That seemed like an awesome idea. That seemed like a good reason to get a passport. That seemed like something that would not materialize. Little did I know that not only would it happen, somewhat magically, but also be the best trip that I have ever taken. Especially outside the U.S. Of course, it is the first trip for me so I am still on cloud nine. If your still reading… this is my editorial on the trip. Please take it with a grain of salt. It is a beautiful country, great beach, plenty to see, and really a good time. I am just a cynical bastard!

My trip plans included alot of absolutely nothing. I applied for a passport and thought that there was no way that it would arrive in time. WRONG! It took 3 weeks to get it. I then decided that I would learn how to downhill ski. That was an idea that my knees decided to veto and I got hurt. So, I decided to enroll in a 7 km swim, almost no training, injured, and in a foreign country that I cannot speak the language. Saddle up partner!

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Roman Urbina and LA RUTA

Accomplished athlete and coach Roman Urbina from Costa Rica will be at Sports Basement Presidio to speak of the challenge of La Ruta de los Conquistadores MTB race. Monday, April 4, 2011 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. There will be a film and a Q&A session. For more information about training with Coach Roman and his team or LA RUTA Open Water Swim, please visit WWS International Costa Rica or visit