Presenting RTWA Tribe

Presenting RTWA Tribe

RTWA Tribe?

Run The World Adventures Tribe is a family of adventure runners or which is the same everyone who had ever taken part in one our adventures in Costa Rica, Morocco or Catalonia (Running Costa Brava).

Adventure runners

Back in 2011 when we started our company I began to realize something, those joining us were somehow connected, we were connected to a degree I only started to understand after our runs in Costa Rica and Morocco, we click, we share a drive for exploration, some “Tarannà ” like we say in Girona.

That’s why I believe we need a name, I name to glue us, to keep that connection, RTWA Tribe is the name of our family.

Getting us back together

This is how we are going to do it.

Private Facebook group:

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Monthly newsletter:

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You can get a 100 USD discount, learn how:


T-shirts: One per each adventure, one for RTWA Tribe

We will have some designs soon, and you will choose

What ever you what to ask to this list

Anything really, 😉

We are desperate to hear your ideas

This is a story to be written, let us know what you are up to.

If you are part of RTWA tribe you can nominate!

RTWA Tribe?

Run The World Adventures Tribe is a family of adventure runners or which is the same everyone who had ever taken part in one our adventures in Costa Rica, Morocco or Catalonia (Running Costa Brava)


Helping us select the right runners.
They’ll be getting 100USD discount in their trip and you too.

Why only RTWA Tribe members can nominate?.

What we do is hard to describe, running from place to place, … you mean a race?, … so it’s a tour,… why would you do something like that?. But if you’ve joined us before you understand exactly what this is about and that is priceless.
Who is a good person to be nominated?.
We put a lot of effort into trying to select runners who join us, we are super ambitious, and picky, yes, we would like to have only people who are ready to enjoy this a 100%, and that requires I guess certain kind of attitude. That’s when you come into the picture, you know your friends, You now your friends, you who would be a good team minded person.

How does this work

Step 1: Let them know

Talk to them, just let them know that you think he/she is a RTWA Tribe kind of person.

Step 2: Share this.

Share one of this 3 pictures in their social media profile.
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Step 3: Let us know.

We will contact them just to say hello, and invite them to join us.

What do you get?

100 USD discount

Next time you join one of adventures, even if your friend doesn’t end up ever running with us you’ll be having a 100USD discount over the rest of universe cost of the running adventure or expedition.

This is a compliment

Isn’t it? and it comes with a 100USD discount for your friend in case they want to take part.

What makes Atlas to Sahara adventure mind blowing?

What my friend Abdu Oukioud showed me in the Atlas Mountains back in 2017 was an open door to his world. These are some reasons why this trip is so close to my dreams.

It is a damn time travel machine.

I think this is the best way to describe it,  I’ve never in my life ran through places so far away from this century, and it is not that there’s no people, it is than in some of those villages there are very few things that could make you notice that you are not in 9th bc.

But wait, that is only the beginning of the story.

The Running

So, let’s say you are in Marrakesh seeing a bunch of tourist go south in their buses, What do you do?

Go east!

Anyone who know us will tell you that we don’t really like asphalt roads, and happily people in the places we are going don’t know what an asphalt road is.

Over six days our running will be full of diversity, because while traversing the Atlas mountains we might find snow for example over the Tizi Ait’Timi pass (3000m), sometimes we’ll be following mules paths, river running by the M’Goung canyon is one of my favorite parts, and also get ready to face dunes and sand storms when we get to the Sahara.

The Landscape

When you go back home everything is going to look … smaller. Morocco is a geological festival. The Mountain range we are crossing from north to south became commonly identified as the site Titan Atlas got condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky for eternity. The Atlas mountains hold inside spectacular places.

The team

The moment you take part into one of our adventures you become one of us, there are no privileges, we are all in the same boat and everyone need to paddle, My very good friend Abdu Oukioud is probably the best guide in the whole country, and this is not only my opinion but also Intrepid travel’s, he used to be be a professional runner for Morocco but more importantly he’s the most energetic person. Mohamed is our chef, Ali is in charge of getting our stuff to the place we are sleeping, Mustafa is our other running leader, second generation of guides in his family, expert in everything from rock climbing to rafting, and they are all fantastic drum players

The Music

Berbers say you don’t become a man until you learn how to play the drum, music is part of the culture but not the kind you play in the radio, the kind you make on your own.
We were thinking in asking you to send a video of yourself dancing but the ultrarunner Adam Jarkow proved that you don’t need any experience.

The food

The bread, oh my god, the bread, I remember that when I was young and stupid I used to believe that the best thing of Morocco was the bread. Also the Moroccan tea is legendary, and we are going to have it so many times a day. As in many other Mediterranean countries eating is a social thing that in Morocco come with music too.

The people

The Berbers, they are actually the real reason of this trip, meeting them, running with them, learning a bit of their language, drink tea together, eating their food, accept their hospitality, admire their incredible sustainable way of life. When you go back home if you randomly meet someone from Morocco you are going to have the impulse to hug that person, do it.


You need to be certain type of person too, I believe you can only enjoy this if you have eyes to see, and I also believe people need to understand that a it’s a honor to be welcome in a lot of the places we will be, so we need to do our best to deserve our guest hospitality.

More about it? 

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Former Atlas to Sahara runners thoughts



A crazy trail running company that do things upside down.

Why upside down?

Well… because instead of trying be likable we just think about ourselves.

Yes!, we do what we love and then try to find those like us.

We follow some basic rules, less call them values, a sort of philosophy that makes us run to the other side of the mountain.

We expect those joining us to embrace them too.

These are our values

We stick to them.

1.  Be a local matters

We are locals in the 3 different sites of the world we run in. We can show an area because we belong to it.

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We create running adventures and expeditions that are unique because they have our signature, they have a piece of who we are, they are the results of many years of exploration, we grew up on those trails and our kids are running them.

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2.  Running means this

We believe that running is nothing more than a humble mean of transportation, we don’t care about calories, performance or heart rate, we are about traveling by foot. Our goal is to get running back to its origins as a mean of discovery.

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We believe we are social animals, we run as a team, different pace sometimes but no one is left behind. Humans are tribal, we are a tribe of adventure runners.

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3.  Respect, never feel entitled

We feel an immense amount of respect for the people who live in the jungles, beaches, mountains and deserts we run by. We believe those joining our adventures most have eyes to see and learn, people have different ways in different cultures we believe that’s pretty cool.

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So that’s why we use local families accommodations, because local people is the reason we run to those place.

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4.  Embrace the day

If the bar is open we have a beer, if there’s a waterfall we go for a swim, If someone offers tea we say yes.

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We love food and wine and tea and coffee …

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Why I Stopped Running Races

Is racing killing running true meaning?

How a former professional triathlete discovered his love of running after he quit racing

By Pablo Rodriguez

When I was a professional triathlete representing my home country of Costa Rica, I equated running to competition. Why would I run if not to prepare for the next race?

I never asked myself if I liked running; it was my job.

So after I quit professional sports, I stopped running. And with a new desk job, my life became sedentary.

In 2004, living in Spain, I decided to regain my health and some basic fitness by resuming running. But the only way I knew how to run was by training for a race.

After registering for the Budapest Half Marathon, I began running for the first time in years in Girona’s Devesa Park.

Fifteen days before the Budapest Half Marathon, I did a little “tune up” trail race, a 21 k.m. run up and down the mythical Mount Puigmal in the Pyrenees.

At the starting line that day, I knew I was good shape and felt my familiar, killer competitive instincts–which I hadn’t felt since my triathlon days–kick in.

When the starter’s gun sounded, I sprinted off the line, hammering uphill all the way to the 2,994-meter summit of Puigmal. I was totally focused, felt powerful an strong.

After cresting the summit and beginning my descent, a voice inside my mind began yelling, “Stop you idiot! You’re moving so fast you didn’t even notice the 20 mountain deer  jump in front of you!”

Feeling stupid, I slowed my pace, turned around and saw Puigmal’s summit towering above me. I yearned to run back so i could admire the views from its peak. In my rush to dominate the race, I had missed so much.

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Isards pirineu

It wasn’t until many years later that I completely understood what happened that day.

I learned that was drives me is not the thrill of competition, but rather, the thrill of exploring this blue ball we live on the most natural, primal way I know how: on foot.

Now I sometimes  run up to the Puigmal, lay on the ground, being present and noticing details, I damn know all the names all the plants on it, I can identify all the mountains around it, I am in that place, and that’s what give meaning to my running.

Why are these the moments I feel most complete and truly happy and free? Is it just a huge overdose of endorphins? I don’t think so; it’s much more than that. I never felt any of it,  while racing.


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I am a lucky man, my hobby is my job

I’m a lucky man, my hobby is my job, how did this happen is part of another story, but at this point in my life making my dreams come true is how I make a living.

This is what I dream about, connecting remote places by running, embracing whatever hints the journey presents, with no schedule neither expectations.

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What if I could …?

I’m driving by the Cerro de la Muerte in Costa Rica (Mountain of the Death) 3400m elevation and think, what if I could run from here to the Pacific, 100 km by jungle trails and then turn South all the way to Corcovado National Park another 130 km away?

I’m in Prades, France, the Canigo mountain stands in the south like a giant welcoming me to the Pyrenees. What if my legs could take me from there to my friend Quico’s hut in Cala S’Alguer in the Catalan Mediterranean coast 210 km away? should I visit Nuria or run straight south to Beget? Who would I meet? How would it look like? Is it possible?

I’m in Ait Ben Haddou, in Morocco, taking a picture of my kids crossing a bridge and I notice the Atlas Mountains behind the Kasbah. I start dreaming again, crossing those mountains from the North and run all the way to the Sahara Desert, who am I going to meet? How is it going to look like? Is it possible?

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Looking for the right people.

When facing a place like the one above, and I mean, spending the night in a place like this, you could get different reactions, … “Do I really have to go to the bathroom there?” …” Well, I don’t like it but I can stand it because you know, that is what you get when you travel” and also the other type of reactions like, “I wouldn’t change a thing, this is such a privilege, can I sleep on the roof?”.

My friends Abdu Okioud, Sergio Sanchez, Oriol Batista,  Estaban Umaña, Siddhar Soto all pertain to the second group. We are a looking for more runners like us to make this adventures possible.

If you think you can take part of our expeditions, send me a message.

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What do you do after being told you will never run again?


My doctor told me never to run again.  So what did I do?  I turned running into my job.

The Dangers of  a Sedentary Lifestyle

Working 10 hours a day in front of a computer with no physical activity led to a herniated disc in my back.

In 2007, after fighting against sciatica pain which left me with limited mobility, I  underwent surgery so I could at least walk without pain.

My doctor warned me that after surgery I would never run again (I hadn’t been running for years but always loved it), and that running would re-injure my back.

Despite the warning, I had the procedure. My recovery went well and, following my doctor’s instructions, I didn’t run for three years.

A Blessing in Disguise

During that time I was laid off from my job.

I had long thought about of creating a running-vacation business, but I couldn’t take the leap because my steady job assured a regular monthly salary, which was much appreciated with four children at home.

But after losing my job, I was finally free to pursue my dream job to lead running vacations in my home area of Costa Brava.

But I needed to be able to run again. So I went to the biggest sports store in Girona and purchased the best pair of running shoes available.

Amazingly, I ran just a few minutes a day with no back pain. I slowly increased my mileage to regain fitness in preparation of leading my hoped-for running clientele.

Day by day I explored  every corner of Costa Brava along the sun-kissed Mediterranean, from Girona to the French border.  My doctor was wrong! I was running pain-free for at least 20 kilometers a day.

Once the route was set and with a still-under-construction website, I opened the doors for business.  And soon our first runners arrived.

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Running guide Pablo Rodriguez didn’t let a broken back stop him from creating a running vacation company in Costa Brava, Spain.

A Pending Disaster?  Or Maybe Not…

However, my joy didn’t last long.

One day I awoke with the all-too-familiar leg pain. I panicked.

I knew exactly what it was, but couldn’t admit it to myself: my doctor was right.

His words echoed in my head: “Pablo, you will never run again. There is nothing between your discs. It is basically bone scratching bone.” I was paying the price for foolishly following my dream.

The pain made it physically impossible to be a running guide. I tried medicines, creams, hot and cold therapies, anything that came to my mind. But nothing worked. The pain persisted.

Yet, I had obligations to my running vacation clients.

About a week later I received an email from a client, Ulrich Jansen, an American businessman from California who was traveling from France to Valencia. He was looking for an artist to design new coffee cups for Starbucks. We were to meet the next day in Palamos to begin his running tour.

Pablo (in green shirt) leading a group of runners on day 2 out his 7 days adventure through the Costa Brava.

I stood up from my chair only to feel severe pain in my lower back and an aching from the top of my right leg to the end of my toes.

I feared that the business and my dream job was over before it even got going!

How Another Runner Saved My Back; And My Business

Still, I prepared to meet Ulrich for his running vacation of Costa Brava.

As we drove in his expensive rental car to the tour’s starting point, we talked about our shared love of running, though I had no idea if I could run a step.

As we exited the car, I noticed that Ulrich was wearing Luna sandals.

Concerned about his understanding of the trail ahead, I asked, “Excuse me, are you going to run in those?”

Ulrich then explained how running in sandals was the only relief for his back pain. And he proved it by gliding effortlessly over the rugged trail and loving every minute.

I had to know more! I was willing to do anything to get rid of my pain!

Ulrich preached the benefits of running without expensive big-brand sneakers. It was a revelation to me. At the run’s end he gave me his Luna sandals, which I started using that same afternoon when I went for a walk with my sons and wife. It felt great!

Today, five years after surgery and my doctor’s dire warning, I am able to run 30 kilometers per day without pain. My dream of using running as a means to show visitors my beautiful home region is now a thriving business.

And whenever I meet my clients for the first time, I get the same skeptical question that I once asked of Ulrich: “Excuse me, are you going to run with sandals?”

Pablo welcomes runners runners who use any kind of foot gear, though you know what he will be wearing!

Learn more about exploring Spain’s Costa Brava on foot with Pablo Rodriguez at:

Last news – School

Last news – School

Abdu Oukioud: January 14 at 11:56 AM
We finally started building It’s been 2 years trying to make this dream come true The Tables had arrived. The wood for the ceiling is being cut, we are trying to get it to the village. Thanks to all my Friends for the support. [su_custom_gallery source=”media: 14528,14527,14529,14530,14531,14532,14533,14534″ target=”blank” title=”never” class=”galleria1″]  
Abdu Oukioud: January 1 at 8:29 AM
Tables and chairs been sent to the village
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Abdu Oukioud : December 30, 2018 at 5:27 PM
Trying to get the wood down to the river. Abdu Oukioud : December 29, 2018 at 7:21 PM Thats the wood that we cut for the school Ceiling. it will be transported along the river and on the mule to the Village TARZOUT where we building the school. finger crossed we are getting there slowly but surely. [su_custom_gallery source=”media: 14516,14518,14515,14517,14519,14520,14521″ target=”blank” title=”never” class=”galleria1″]  
Abdu Oukioud:December 22, 2018
The plan for the school has one class room and the teacher s studio  

This is what we want to do.

Some of the different steps we are following

  • Find land in the Village
  • Build a classroom for 34 kids
  • Build a house for the teacher
  • Support the longterm activity of the school

Video recorded back in 2017 explaining the project.


It had been way more difficult than what we expected, but on this date (Jan 28,2019), Abdu had already started building the school.

7 Ways A Running Vacation is Better Than a Destination Marathon

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Is traveling to another country to run a marathon the same thing as going on a running vacation?

We, the travel experts at Run the World Adventures, think not. As experienced runners who’ve run and raced in foreign countries across the globe, we believe that they are two very different types of travel experiences.

Here are the top seven ways a running vacation is different from a destination marathon.

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The running (and its rewards) begin right from day one when you’re on vacation.

1. It’s Not All About Race Day

When you travel to another country to run a marathon, your entire trip is focused having an optimal race experience. This may mean getting extra sleep before the race and resting in your hotel room so that your legs feel “fresh” for race day.
A running vacation, on the other hand, is not a one-day deal. You may run every day of your vacation if you want.

Many of the running vacations Run the World Adventures offers can be customized to you (or your group’s) running ability, endurance level and pace so you can feel comfortable and confident in your ability to meet the adventure ahead.

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Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stage Run takes runners on trails few tourists ever see.

2. Avoid The Crowds 

Large marathons typically stick to main highways and byways that are wide enough to accommodate their runner masses. While you may catch glimpses of the city or destination’s most iconic landmarks, the view is fleeting and obscured by what you can see from your vantage point among the running hoards.

On a running vacation, it’s just you, your travel companions and a local guide. Since this is your vacation after all, if there’s some curious building, ancient ruin or striking landmark you want to stop and visit, then all you have to do is say so! The running routes offered by Run the World Adventures won’t be found in any guidebook. They have been custom-designed by running guides who know and run the less-frequented trails, pathways and roads that bypass the tourist-clogged beaten paths and take you to lesser-known, often more spectacular spots.

Run the World Adventures Guide Greg Jensen with a Guatemalan local woman in traditional garb.
Run the World Adventures Guide Greg Jensen with a Guatemalan local woman in traditional garb.

3. Experience the Local Culture

At a destination marathon, you surround yourself mostly with other international visitors, especially if you’re in a place where English is not the first language. Foreigners naturally gravitate to other foreigners because they’re having a shared experience (albeit from an outsider’s perspective) of a strange land.

However, with a running vacation, you spend the entire adventure in the company of a local, a fellow runner like yourself, but as someone indigenous to the local culture who gives you a unique insight into what it’s like to live in this foreign place.

Time means nothing when running through Iceland’s volcanic landscape.

4. No time restrictions

When running the marathon, you’re focus on maintaining the right pace for achieving your goal finishing time. Any interruptions to your carefully calculated splits is very stressful. What if you need a potty break, have a cramp or take a wrong turn?
With a running vacation, on the other hand, there is no time pressure. The time it takes to get from point A to point B is irrelevant to your enjoyment of the experience.

Instead of worrying about your time, run as a way to go sightseeing, unrestricted by time or detours. And if you do take a wrong turn, well, no problem; that only adds to the adventure!

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Runners take a dive in Costa Brava, Spain

5. Get Close to Nature

Most destination marathons are held in cities or other built environments that offer limited opportunities to come close to the natural environment. For example, if it’s hot on race day, you may cool off by running through sprinklers set up along the marathon route.
During a running vacation in hot climes, however, you refresh yourself with a dip in the ocean, a lake or glacial stream. If swimming in a natural body of water is something you rarely do back home, then there’s no better excuse to do something out of the ordinary than while you’re on vacation.

Runners dine like kings during their running vacation in Costa Brava, Spain.
Runners dine like kings during their running vacation in Costa Brava, Spain.

6. The feast never ends

At a destination marathon, you’re more careful about what you eat, wary about trying new foods or indulging in too much alcohol prior to race day.  It’s only once the marathon is done that you feel relaxed enough and adventurous enough to feast on the local cuisine.
On a running vacation, however, you can dig in to local dishes right from day one. Since eating the local food is an essential aspect to fully experiencing a foreign country, eating like a local is an essential aspect to immersing yourself in this new place.

Running friends making lasting memories at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

7. Have Afterglow instead of Aftermath

The post-marathon high soon gives way to the marathon aftermath, marked by aching feet, sore muscles and overall fatigue that may last for days, which puts a damper on the rest of your visit.  As a result, many marathoners don’t run at all or very little after race day.

On a running vacation, on the other hand, you’re running day after day, feeling stronger and more excited as each day passes. We call this the running vacation “afterglow.” Since the focus is on enjoying the process and environment, you wake up each morning fired up, curious and motivated about what the day’s adventure will bring.

Run vacationers often bring that afterglow home with them, and are more motivated than ever to make running a regular part of their lives back home.

What are you waiting for? Click here to browse our calendar of 2016 running vacations.