Trip Plan

Thank you for your interest in the Relay Across El Salvador! We will be running 220 miles across El Salvador over the course of 5 days in relay teams made up of 5 or 6 participants. The run begins in the mountain town of San Fernando located on the Honduran border in the far Northeast, and we will fill finish in the Southwest in a fishing village named Metalio located on the Pacific Coast.

Each relay team will have a van with a driver to carry their supplies and the support of a bilingual staff member from ENLACE. Vans will be stocked with water, energy drinks and other running nutrition. We will eat meals at local restaurants and churches and spend our nights at hotels located along the route. A highlight of the experience will be daily tours of community development projects designed and led by local church and civic leaders. We will visit a gravity fed water system, a school, chicken cooperative, homes, eco-friendly stoves and composting latrines built for families in need. Our goal for each relay team member is to raise $10 for each mile for a total goal of $2,200. If you are able to do so, you are more than welcome to set a higher goal! This total will cover all trip expenses except for airfare. We are asking runners to purchase flights on their own. If you’d like us to purchase your airfare, the total fundraising goal is $2,950. If you have not yet committed to running, please email me today and I’ll put your name on the list. The registration and fundraising site should be live before Christmas, and I will send you a link as soon as it is up. Let’s Run for Central America! We can make a life transformational impact in the lives of thousands of families! ¡Bendiciones! Mark Haugen ENLACE – Run for Central America Team Coordinator mhaugen@enlace.link

Schedule

MONDAY - MAY 13, 2019

Arrival Day- Fly to El Salvador & drive to the starting line

RUNNING ROUTE OVERVIEW:

Zero miles. It will be a great day to rest up as you travel, carbo load and enjoy the Salvadoran countryside.

SCHEDULE:

Time Activity 3pm Please schedule your flight to arrive in San Salvador by 3pm at the latest. The ENLACE staff will be waiting for you outside the airport with a sign with your name on it. 4pm Early Dinner and Orientation in San Salvador 5:30pm Drive to the village of Perquin on the Honduran border 9pm Arrive and check-in at the Hotel Perquin Lenka in Perquin

TUESDAY - MAY 14, 2019

Running day 1 – 37 miles: San Fernando to Ciudad Barrios

RUNNING ROUTE OVERVIEW:

37 Miles. Our first day of running is primarily downhill and will be a great way to warm up and ease into the week. There will only be 7.5 miles of uphill running. The day will begin by running through high pine forests in the mountains, and we will descend along mountain ridges and coffee fields into the small city of Ciudad Barrios.

SCHEDULE:

Time Activity 7am Breakfast and Team Time 7:45am Drive from Perquin to San Fernando 8am Begin running the 220 mile journey! 12pm Lunch en route 3-4pm Arrive in Ciudad Barrios and check into Hotel Barrios 4pm Visit a water system located in the village of Gutierrez 6:30pm Dinner at a local restaurant in Ciudad Barrios.

WEDNESDAY - MAY 15, 2019

Running day 2 – 48 miles: Ciudad Barrios to San Isidro

RUNNING ROUTE OVERVIEW:

48 Miles. Since we’ll be all warmed up, we’ll increase the distance on our second day of running. The route will have us rolling up and down the mountains along the rural Longitudinal Highway. In total there will be 11 miles of steep uphill running. We will enjoy many sweeping panoramic vistas, cross through several small towns and pass over a bridge on the Rio Lempa.

SCHEDULE:

Time Activity 6am Breakfast and Team Time at a local restaurant in Ciudad Barrios 7am Begin running from the hotel to the village of La Hacienda 10- 10:30am Complete 18.5 miles and arrive at the school construction project in the village of La Hacienda. Eat an early lunch in La Hacienda. 12pm Begin running from La Hacienda to San Isidro 5-6:30pm Complete 29.5 miles and arrive in San Isidro. Drive to Hotel Tres Marias in Sensuntepeque. 5:30 – 7pm Enjoy dinner and relax in the pool at the hotel.

THURSDAY - MAY 16, 2019

Running day 3 – 51 miles: San Isidro to Quezaltepeque

RUNNING ROUTE OVERVIEW:

51 Miles. This is hump day, it will be our longest day and it is right in the middle of the relay. In the morning we will traverse gently rolling rural hills for 15.5 miles until we reach the village of La Labor. After a visit in the village, we will hit the road for a long 35.5 mile afternoon run that will snake us around Lake Ilopongo and the metropolitan area of San Salvador. There will be no real significant uphill running, but this will be the one day of urban running with traffic, noise and lots of people.

SCHEDULE:

Time Activity 5:30am Breakfast and team time at Hotel Tres Marias 6:15am Take vans from the hotel to San Isidro. Run to the village of La Labor 9 – 9:30am Complete 15.5 miles and arrive in La Labor to visit the chicken cooperative project. Early lunch at Fe y Gracia Church 11:30am Begin running from La Labor to Quetzaltepeque 5-6:30pm Complete 35.5 miles and arrive in Quetzaltepeque. Drive to the Hotel Mirador Plaza in San Salvador 6:30 – 8pm Shower and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

FRIDAY - MAY 17, 2019

Running day 4- 39 miles: Quezaltepeque to Teotepeque

OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES:

39 Miles. This is the toughest but most beautiful day of the run, In total, over 13 miles of the run is steep and uphill. A big reason for this is that we spend the morning running up and then down the San Salvador Volcano.After running just a few miles through San Salvador, we turn uphill and spend the rest of the day running through coffee fields up and down a mountain ridge.

SCHEDULE:

Time Activity 5:30am Breakfast and team time at Hotel Mirador Plaza 6:15am Take vans from the hotel to Quetzaltepeque. 6:45am Begin running 13 miles up and over the San Salvador Volcano 10am Early lunch at a restaurant in Santa Tecla, San Salvador 11:30am Complete 26 mi. to Teotepeque. Visit eco-stove project in Los Trozos 5:30 – 7pm Arrive in Teotepeque and drive to Mizata Point Resort on Pacific 6:30 – 8pm Dinner at the hotel Oceanside restaurant.

SATURDAY - MAY 18, 2019

Running day 5- 45 miles: Teotepeque to Metalio

RUNNING ROUTE OVERVIEW:

45 miles. This is the day we cross the 220 mile finish line in the village of Metalio on the Pacific coast. The first third of the day has us running down out of the mountains to the coastal highway. The next third snakes along the forest covered cliffs along the pacific. Finally, the last third of the run is a flat dash through sugar cane fields, small towns and cattle land. We then turn south and run out through the village of Metalio to the beach.

SCHEDULE:

Time Activity 6am Breakfast and team time at Mizata Point Resort 6:45am Take vans from the hotel to Teotepeque 7:15am Begin running down to the coast en route to Metalio. Lunch en route. 4 – 5:30pm Cross the 220 mile finish line on the beach in Metalio! 4:30 – 6pm Visit a home construction project in Metalio 5:30 – 7pm Drive back to Mixta Point Resort 6:30 – 8pm Dinner at the hotel Oceanside restaurant.

SUNDAY - MAY 19 & MONDAY – MAY 20, 2019

Last 2 days: Rest day & return flight

OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES:

You will have the option to fly home on either Sunday, May 19 or Monday, May 20. If you choose to stay on Sunday you will have a couple of tourism options. You can either hang out on the beach at the Mixta Point Resort to rest or go surfing, or you can do a day trip to Apaneca to go zip lining through the treetops over the coffee fields.

SCHEDULE:

Time Activity Variable Sunday Depart Mizata Point Resort for the Airport Sun. 9 am – 5pm Apaneca ziplining and coffee tour (1.5 hour transport each way) Sun. 9am – 5pm Beach day at the resort 6pm Sunset farewell dinner at the resort Variable Monday Depart Mizata Point Resort for the Airport.