Race in El Valle climaxes Golden Frog Festival

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This year’s Golden Frog Festival culminates on Sunday, August 24 with La Dorada, a hike and trail race that will take participants through the crater ridge of El Valle along seldom-visited, highland jungle paths. There are 5K and 15K distances, the latter of which is guaranteed to have challenging hill sections. The $25 inscription fees go to assist the conservation efforts of the festival organizers.

Runners enjoy the cooler climate of El Valle.

Runners enjoy the cooler climate of El Valle.

The festival is a joint venture of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Caminando Panamá and other sponsors. The week-long festival marks National Golden Frog Day, the holiday set aside by national decree observed August 14 of each year. The day and the festival are a time to increase understanding of tropical biodiversity and promote the conservation of the environment for amphibians and humans alike.

The Caminando Panamá Foundation is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting outdoor trail activities in the country. Their mission is to position the country as a destination known for sustainable adventure eco-tourism with an eye to improving the welfare of rural communities. The foundation is headed by Adrian Benedetti, former director of Summit Zoo and of Protected Areas and Wildlife at the National Environmental Authority (ANAM). Caminando Panamá maintains an extensive and detailed online trail inventory on their website, CaminandoPanama.org.

The participants of the La Dorada trail run will meet at the Hotel Campestre. For details, visit Facebook.com/caminandopanama.

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