UPDATED:  January 1, 2018

Thank you for Registering!  We can't wait to experience Chiapas, Mexico with you.

Follow this page for updates about our Chiapas experience together.  We'll post information about flights, what to pack, and any other details you might need to know.

 

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WHAT TO PACK

We at Bond Running have put together a little list to help you pack for your OTG adventure in Chiapas, Mexico. The printable packing list will make sure you bring everything you need and avoid packing unnecessary items. We’ve broken the list down by item, provided a checklist and included a section for other essentials you’ll need to ensure you have a great time on your trip. All items marked with B✓ can be purchased at Bond Running. All others can be found at MEC. Bring your checklist into the store and we’ll help you pick out everything you’ll need. As an added bonus, showing us your checklist will get you 20% off your purchase! If you’re interested in a new Garmin GPS watch, all orders will need to be placed by January 7th to ensure they arrive on time.   THE BASICS Road Running Shoes Pack a pair of road running shoes for the days when you’re not in the mountains. Lightweight, breathable and adequate cushioning (your feet will thank you). Bring a model you’re currently comfortable running in to prevent any unnecessary discomfort. Shorts Regardless of your preferred length (2.5”, 4”, 6” or 9”) ensure you pack a few pairs of fast drying shorts. Make sure you’re comfortable with the fit and there is no chafing. Singlets Not just for racing, you’ll need a few singlets in your bag for when the temperatures rise. Look for cuts that don’t restrict your movement made from breathable materials. Tees Three things to remember when looking for tees: Quick drying, lightweight and breathable. Opting for a lighter colour when in the sun will help you stay cool. Long Sleeves Yes, you still need long sleeves in Mexico. Look for breathable, quick drying materials for day and textured knits or merino blends for morning and night when the temperature drops. Hat Protect your face and head from the sun with a quick drying, packable hat. We suggest a hat from Ciele for its wickable material, pliable construction (you can cram it in your back with zero consequences) and UV protection panels.      SPECIAL EQUIPMENT Trail Running Shoe Mountainous terrain calls for shoes with an aggressive lug (tread) and depending on the footing, a rock plate. A rock plate is a protective material in the midsole that protects your foot when stepping on rocks or other sharp objects.  For wet conditions we suggest a waterproof shoe, think Gore-Tex. Hydration Pack Dehydration can set in fast, especially when running in hot temperatures. Hydration packs are an easy and convenient way to ensure you have enough water with you on the go. Look for a pack that fits your body and has minimal movement. Sunglasses Running sunglasses should fit your face and nose correctly, meaning they stay in place when you’re running, and provide adequate UVA and UVB protection.  Brands like District Vision have adapted different lenses for different types of sun coverage - yellow for low light (think sunrise and sunset), rose for trail running, and grey or black for all day wear. GPS/HRM Watch Does the run even count if it’s not on Strava? Joking aside, GPS watches are helpful when tracking your pace, time and distance. Those with added heart rate monitor features will help you know when you should hold back or surge ahead based on your current heart rate. Advanced watches, like the Garmin Fenix even have mountaineering and mapping features. Quick Dry Towel A quick dry towel proved very helpful on previous OTG trips. Many contain antibacterial properties, absorb water quickly and dry in a flash.   NUTRITION Energy Gel and Hydration Mix Fueling is important on any longer run but is crucial when you’re running long in unknown terrain. Replacing the nutrients your body has used during activity could mean the difference of enjoying the run and struggling to finish. Generally for runs over 60 mins plan to fuel every 30-45 minutes. We offer a few great options from Skratch, Endurance Tap, and Maurten.

We at Bond Running have put together a little list to help you pack for your OTG adventure in Chiapas, Mexico. The printable packing list will make sure you bring everything you need and avoid packing unnecessary items. We’ve broken the list down by item, provided a checklist and included a section for other essentials you’ll need to ensure you have a great time on your trip.

All items marked with B✓ can be purchased at Bond Running. All others can be found at MEC. Bring your checklist into the store and we’ll help you pick out everything you’ll need. As an added bonus, showing us your checklist will get you 20% off your purchase! If you’re interested in a new Garmin GPS watch, all orders will need to be placed by January 7th to ensure they arrive on time.
 

THE BASICS

Road Running Shoes

Pack a pair of road running shoes for the days when you’re not in the mountains. Lightweight, breathable and adequate cushioning (your feet will thank you). Bring a model you’re currently comfortable running in to prevent any unnecessary discomfort.

Shorts

Regardless of your preferred length (2.5”, 4”, 6” or 9”) ensure you pack a few pairs of fast drying shorts. Make sure you’re comfortable with the fit and there is no chafing.

Singlets

Not just for racing, you’ll need a few singlets in your bag for when the temperatures rise. Look for cuts that don’t restrict your movement made from breathable materials.

Tees

Three things to remember when looking for tees: Quick drying, lightweight and breathable. Opting for a lighter colour when in the sun will help you stay cool.

Long Sleeves

Yes, you still need long sleeves in Mexico. Look for breathable, quick drying materials for day and textured knits or merino blends for morning and night when the temperature drops.

Hat

Protect your face and head from the sun with a quick drying, packable hat. We suggest a hat from Ciele for its wickable material, pliable construction (you can cram it in your back with zero consequences) and UV protection panels.   

 

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

Trail Running Shoe

Mountainous terrain calls for shoes with an aggressive lug (tread) and depending on the footing, a rock plate. A rock plate is a protective material in the midsole that protects your foot when stepping on rocks or other sharp objects.  For wet conditions we suggest a waterproof shoe, think Gore-Tex.

Hydration Pack

Dehydration can set in fast, especially when running in hot temperatures. Hydration packs are an easy and convenient way to ensure you have enough water with you on the go. Look for a pack that fits your body and has minimal movement.

Sunglasses

Running sunglasses should fit your face and nose correctly, meaning they stay in place when you’re running, and provide adequate UVA and UVB protection.  Brands like District Vision have adapted different lenses for different types of sun coverage - yellow for low light (think sunrise and sunset), rose for trail running, and grey or black for all day wear.

GPS/HRM Watch

Does the run even count if it’s not on Strava? Joking aside, GPS watches are helpful when tracking your pace, time and distance. Those with added heart rate monitor features will help you know when you should hold back or surge ahead based on your current heart rate. Advanced watches, like the Garmin Fenix even have mountaineering and mapping features.

Quick Dry Towel

A quick dry towel proved very helpful on previous OTG trips. Many contain antibacterial properties, absorb water quickly and dry in a flash.


 

NUTRITION

Energy Gel and Hydration Mix

Fueling is important on any longer run but is crucial when you’re running long in unknown terrain. Replacing the nutrients your body has used during activity could mean the difference of enjoying the run and struggling to finish. Generally for runs over 60 mins plan to fuel every 30-45 minutes. We offer a few great options from Skratch, Endurance Tap, and Maurten.


BOOKING FLIGHTS

Departing Saturday January 20th

  • Here's what the OTG crew has booked:
    • Aeromexico Flight 617
    • Departs Toronto YYZ 1:00AM
    • Stopover in Mexico City, Departing MEX 7:20AM
    • Arrives in Tuxtla TGZ 9:00AM
  • General guidelines/tips
    • You can save a fair bit of money by making two stops (as we did last year), but it does make for a long day of travel.
    • Please plan to arrive in Tuxtla no later than 6:30PM on Saturday to take advantage of the airport transfer to San Cristobal
    • Last year we flew with just carry-on's and it made life much easier with the 2 stop-overs

Returning Saturday January 27th

  • The OTG Crew is staying until Sunday
  • General guidelines/tips
    • We will have transportation arranged to drop you off at the airport by 11:00am.  We recommend not booking a flight any earlier than 12:45PM

Returning Sunday January 28th

  • Here's what the OTG crew has booked:
    • Aeromexico Flight 554 Departing 12:57PM from Tuxtla (TGZ)
    • Landing in Mexico City at 2:40PM, 2hr 50min layover
    • Depart Mexico City 5:30PM, landing in Toronto at 11:25PM
  • General guidelines/tips
    • We will have transportation arranged to drop you off at the airport by 11:00am.  We recommend not booking a flight any earlier than 12:45PM

ITINERARY

Saturday January 20

  • Dinner and evening in San Cristobal de la Casas

Sunday January 21

  • Take in the Fiesta de San Sebastian Chiapas (surely to be a cultural highlight!)
  • Visit Zinacantán - Known for textiles and patchwork

Monday January 22

  • Morning Meditation and Running Tour around San Cristobal
  • Tour to Cañón del Sumidero - A beautiful, deep, scenic canyon

Tuesday January 23

  • Tour to El Chiflón Waterfall
  • Travel to Comitán where we'll spend the night before kicking off the 'run' portion of the trip

Wednesday January 24

  • Run 13km to an Archeological site
  • Spend the night in Uninajab

Thursday January 25

  • Morning Meditation
  • 15km Trail Run in Lagos de Colón
  • Evening Yoga
  • Spend the night in Lagos de Colón

Friday January 26

  • 20km Trail Run at Parque Nacional Lagos de Montebello
  • Afternoon Yoga
  • Spend the night in Tziscao

Saturday January 27

  • Morning Meditation
  • Shuttle to Airport
  • OPTIONAL:  Stay an extra night (We will arrange the hotel for you, however there will be an additional cost for the extra night.  More details to follow)
  • 14km Run to la Chinkultik Archeological site
  • Check in and tour around Comitán for those staying until Sunday

Sunday January 28 (OPTIONAL)

  • Free time in Comitán
  • Shuttle to Airport

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to be an experienced trail runner?

No.  All paces and levels of experience are encouraged to join.  Run's within the towns will be between 5-8k, while trails runs will be between 10-20k (with breaks)

OK, but do I need tail shoes?

It's not mandatory, but a trail shoe with a rock plate is a nice thing to have when running on gravel trails/roads

By any chance, did someone write a first-hand account of last year's retreat?

Actually, Yes!  Justin Close wrote a great article about last year's trip and you can view it HERE!

What's NOT included?

Flights.  We will share information about which flights we recommend booking (based on timing), but you're free to book the flight that works best for you.

Meals from Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.  All meals during the run portion of the trip will be provided.

I'd like to start looking at flights, but you can't fly to "Chiapas".  What city are we flying to?

Yes, correct!  Chiapas is the State.  We're flying to Tuxtla, Gutierrez (TGZ).  See the top of this page for details about which flights the OTG Team has booked, and general guidelines.

What should I pack?

The OTG Team has you covered... See the middle of this page.  We'll update and send out a reminder prior to the retreat.

 

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PICTURES FROM OUR LAST MEXICAN RETREAT