World’s First “Relaxed Adventure” Race Mixes Daily Runs with Cultural and Adventure Activities

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Race2Adventure announces 2012 Guatemala Race most popular to date.

Semuc Champey, Alta Verapaz, Guademala

The beauty of this race is that it attracts people of all abilities and ages who want a unique vacation experience combined with a bit of competition–Race2Adventure founder Merritt Hopper.

Race2Adventure, the adventure race that mixes 5K-10K daily races with adventures such as river rafting, zip lining, cliff jumping, and surfing, announces its Guatemala race set for March 2012 is the most popular to date. These races and adrenaline chasers through the rivers, lakes, towns, and vibrant cities of the country are combined with opportunities to explore Guatemala’s natural beauty and remarkable sites such as historical Mayan Ruins, coffee plantations, hot springs, and a national park cave system.

Race2Adventure is the brainchild of founder and event director, Merritt Hopper. The race and its format started in 2007 with three consecutive adventures in Costa Rica. In 2011 Hopper chose Ecuador, and Guatemala will be showcased in 2012. This year’s race is an 8-night adventure starting in Guatemala City, making stops in the Coban region, Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey National Monument, the black sand beaches of Puerto de San Jose, and the beautiful “Old Guatemala” city of Antiqua.

Hopper’s background includes work as a Director of USA Network and Discovery Channel’s popular ‘Eco Challenge’, a multi-day expedition length adventure race in which teams of four competed; it aired from 1995 to 2002. He then went on to various Director roles for The Primal Quest in Lake Tahoe, the San Juan Islands, and Moab, Utah.

“My intention with Race2Adventure was to create a race that active people can enjoy while simultaneously experiencing a new culture and landscape,” stated Hopper. “The beauty of this race is that it attracts people of all abilities and ages who want a unique vacation experience combined with a bit of competition.”

The event, scheduled for March 24th through April 1st, is capped at 100 entrants with a total cost of $1,800 per person. Registration before Dec. 15th, 2011 costs $1,700. For every group of 5, each person from that group receives a $300 discount, bringing registration to $1,400 before Dec. 15th or $1500 after. Fees cover lodging, daily adventures, all races, and transport. They also include almost every meal, which will be prepared by local chefs from each region the group visits. Free time is built into each day, leaving participants to relax or explore on their own. The full itinerary can be found here.

After losing his father, Malcolm Mandeville Hopper, to brain cancer in 2010, Hopper began donating 10% of all proceeds from Race2Adventure, LLC to Duke’s Medical Center and The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Research Center. Running and hiking were big parts of Malcolm’s life having conquered countless road races and having climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks. Malcolm, in the midst of chemotherapy, completed one of Merritt’s races in Costa Rica in October of 2009.

For more information, visit http://www.race2adventure.com or call 917.328.6472.

For media inquiries please contact Jennifer Padilla
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