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Gearing Up for the Los Sueños Triple Crown 2018

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Get Registered! Los Sueños Resort and Marina has announced the dates for the 2018 annual Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown billfish tournament.

SportfishingCosta Rica is known globally as the billfish capital of the world, where most of the sports fishing tournaments are held during peak season, January – April. With just 89 days till kickoff, its time to secure your spot in the 2018 Los Sueños Triple Crown billfish tournament. The calm waters and short distances to the fishing grounds put Los Sueños Resort &  Marina at the top of the big-game fishing destinations. Three three-day legs are set to kickoff Jan. 17 2018, Feb. 28 2018, and March 21, 2018 respectively. A recent rule change now permits five fishermen per boat, including one professional angler, with a sixth team member in reserve. A sixth angler may be registered at a cost of $500, however, only 5 are permitted on the boat per day. For more tournament rules, check out the official Los Sueños Tournaments website. From Los Sueños Marina, you can match your wits and skill against blue, black and striped marlin, as well as big Pacific sailfish. Costa Rica is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to make a grand slam—catch and release three different species of billfish in a single day. Back at the marina, Los Sueños Resort has plenty to offer in offshore amenities: accommodation in one of the resort’s fully equipped luxury vacation rentals, golfing on its championship 18-hole course, La Iguana, or a full-service training center and spa. While you’re busy reeling in a record-setting catch, the non-anglers in your party can tour the canopy on ziplines or in trams, try their hand at whitewater rafting or explore the jungle on foot, horseback, or an ATV. If they prefer a slower pace, they can lounge poolside or wander down to nearby Playa Herradura, Playa Jaco, or Playa Hermosa for a day on the beach. If fine dining and nightlife are your idea of the perfect end to a great day, the resort has a variety of options. On the other hand, you can try one of several recommended restaurants and bars in nearby Jacó, Herradura or Hermosa. Whatever you choose to do after a day of sport fishing, Los Sueños Resort is the perfect choice for it. The Tournament at a Glance Leg 1: Jan. 17 – 20, 2018 Leg 2: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2018 Leg 3: March 21 – 24, 2018 Organizer: Ashley Bretecher Phone: (866) 865-9759 Email: Website:   To download the tournament guide: Prizes: The total cash prize purse will vary depending upon the number of entries in each tournament. Cash prizes go to the top three boats (based on overall billfish release points) as follows: 50% first place, 30% second place, 20% third place.

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Captain Dana Thomas talks to us about the fishing activity during June


“Floating logs, current lines, anywhere fish are concentrated, anglers have reported to catch up to 10 marlins per day”

 Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is considered one of the best destinations for fishing in the world. Captain Dana Thomas, owner-operator of Hoo’s Your Daddy charter boat, talks to us about June’s fishing activity. Although he was not taking on too many trips due to some boat renovations, he tells us about the overall action.


He describes the seamount trips being great during the offseason, having excellent reports from other boats with double digit catches per day on blue and stripe marlin, yellow fin tuna and a few sailfish.   “Eight sailfish, a couple of marlin, some tuna and dorado on my last few trips”  He describes that the best location for excellent fishing grounds is finding floating logs, current lines, debris, and anywhere small fish are concentrated. Anglers have reported to catch up to 10 marlins, about 15 mahi mahi, and several yellow fin tunas per day. He says that the tuna has been steady this year where most days you are able to catch several of them; making a great year for tunas.

Expectations for July

Captain Dana predicts that the mahi mahi, also known as dolphin fish or dorado, will be filling in. With an increase on mahi and yellow fin tuna, the marlin are expected to follow, increasing the number of catch and release for blue and stripe marlin as well.  capt. Dana pic 1

Captain Dana to the left.  

Located off the Los Sueños Marina, Herradura, the Hoo’s Your Daddy charter boat is a recognized 36ft Topaz Express. Usually leaving the dock at 7am, this open style vessel has A/C on the lower part of the boat and has the capacity to comfortably carry up to six anglers. Captain Dana and his operation are focused on giving high level customer service and a memorable fishing experience. You can special request food, drinks, and anything else you need to make your trip unforgettable! On a full day charter, the trip includes food, snacks, drinks, tackle, bait and all the of fishing equipment you need! They accommodate to all client-needs, they also offer half trip, trip to Tortuga Island and snorkeling. You can mix up your day and make the most of it!


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2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown is a Wrap

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The final leg of the 2017 Los Sueños Triple Crown wraps up another stellar year, and Team Agitator takes the big prize.

The 2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown is in the books. Fifty boats—the most ever—released 509 fish: 462 sailfish and 47 marlin. While sailfish were in short supply this year, marlin releases exceeded the total for the last 3 years combined: 7 in 2016, 19 in 2015 and 12 in 2014 for a total of 38.

Going into Leg III of the 2017 series, Agitator led with 12,500 cumulative points. Try as they might, the competition never caught up. Agitator took the Triple Crown in a back-to-back win with a total of 15,000 points, 20 sail, 1 marlin. Team Agitator took home a check for $100,000 as Series Champion and finished the competitive year with 110 sails and 8 marlin. In 2016, Team Agitator landed 83 sails for 24,600 points to win the tourney.


Leg III Winners:

  • Finishing in first, Sea Angel took home $86,000 with a total of 19 sail, 2 marlin, 2,900 points
  • First Light came second, earning $51,600 for 17 sails 2 marlin and 2,700 points
  • Fish Tank’s third-place finish earned a check for $34,400, totaling 2,500 points for 5 sails 4 marlin


Individual honors:

  • Victor Julio Lopez, of Tranquilo, won InTheBite’s 2016 Captain of the Year, with mates Daniel Arrieto and Hansel Mendez recognized as Mates of the Year in the Sportfishing Championship, International Division. Their win marks a first, the captain and mates are costarricenses, native born Costa Ricans.
  • Top Series Angler: Jonathan Henry, on Big Deal, released 4 sails and 2 marlin for 1,400 individual points.
  • Top Angler of the Year: Scott Richard, Reel Screamer, 4,800 points for 23 sails and 5 marlin
  • Top Female Angler of the Year: Laura Jessen, Fish Tank, 3,800 for 18 sails, 4 marlin, finishing 10th overall in a field of 310 anglers. Laura landed her first personal slam during the competition.


The Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown is the final, and many say the best, contest in the yearly sport fishing competition.

The Costa Rican mainland runs northwest to southeast, sheltering the fishing grounds from high winds. As a result, the waters off Los Sueños Resort and Marina tend to be calm, and teeming with a variety of species, making it a top sport fishing destination worldwide.

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Results Are In For Leg II of the Los Sueños Triple Crown 2017

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Another success story for Leg II of the Los Sueños Triple Crown 2017

The second leg of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown kicked off with style. With lines out at 4 pm on Day 1, the unofficial results put Smooth Move (16 sails, 1 marlin) in the lead. When the official results were posted, the nod went to Blue Eagle. Team Blue Eagle’s (11 sails, 2 marlin) and early finish were the deciding factors. Blue Eagle (3rd) and Smooth (4th) led the standings with 2100 points each. Agitator led Big Oh based on time (19 sails each). Thirteenth place Uno Mas (7 sails) and Xta Sea, 32nd, (4 sails) also landed 2 marlin. By the end of the day, 52 boats had released 518 sailfish and 11 marlin.

The end of Day 2 saw Agitator (3700 points) move into first place with 18 sails, for a combined 2-day total of 37 sails and 1 marlin, followed by Blue Eagle (3600 pts) with 11 sails and 2 marlin. Blue Eagle’s 2-day total count was 21 sails and 3 marlin. Outlaw (3400 points) finished the day with 16 sails and 1 marlin, for a 2-day total of 29 sails and 1 marlin.

The combined total for all boats on Day 3 was 628 sails, 16 marlin released. In the Day 3 standings, Dealer’s Choice took first with 24 sails (2400 points) on time over Southern Pride’s 2400 points (19 sailfish, 1 marlin). Agitator (2300 points) fell back to 3rd for the third day with 23 sails and still no marlin.

Leg II totals saw Agitator take first place for the leg with 60 sailfish and 6000 points. Dealer’s Choice and First Light tied on points, 5100), but Dealer’s Choice took second on time with 51 sails, while First Light released 41 sailfish and 2 marlin. The Day 3 total release was 628 sailfish and 16 marlin.

With 2 of the 3 legs in the record books, the cumulative total release for Leg I and II: 2377 sailfish and 255 marlin, more than all of the 2016 combined (1,848 sailfish, 7 marlin). With Leg 3 of the Los Sueños series still ahead, Agitator is in the lead with 90 sails and 7 marlin, total for a total of 12,500 pts. Currently second, Big Oh has released a total of 51 sails and 7 marlin for 11,300 pts. Hot off the stern is On Location, 45 sails, 8 marlin and a total of 10,700 pts.


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At Last: 2017 The Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown  is here


The Billfish Report recently named the waters off of Los Sueños Resort & Marina the Number One Bill Fishery in the World for 2015 and 2016, with good reason. The calm waters and short cruising time to the fishing grounds off Los Sueños Marina make it one of the most productive fisheries in the world. After the hugely successful Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series for 10 consecutive years and the annual Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Billfish Tournament for three years, expectations are high for the fourth annual Triple Crown. Leg I of III kicks off January 18, 2017.

Team registration begins at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the tournament tent on the lawn in front of The Hook Up. Light snacks and beverages will be available there as team members mingle, catch up and trade anecdotes about recent catches. Captains and observers have mandatory meetings until 6 p.m., but anglers and their supporters can enjoy a sundowner, or two, at The Hook Up or any of the restaurants and bars in the Marina Village.

Days 2 and 3 begin early: Boats can leave the marina and go to the fishing grounds at 6:00 a.m. Or, as soon as Tournament Control confirms all observers have checked in and are aboard each boat. Lines will be in at 8 a.m. and out by 4 p.m. Scorecards are due to the Tournament Committee by 7 p.m.

After fishing, dockside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available at the tournament tent next to The Hook Up.

Day 4 is a repeat of the previous two days, except for the awards banquet and ceremony at Los Sueños hottest venue, The Los Sueños Beach Club.

The Los Sueños Resort & Marina the premier luxury resort and marina in Costa Rica. A 1,000-acre plus haven of incredible views over the Pacific Ocean, rainforest and golf, Los Sueños Resort has top notch on-site sports facilities and activities from world-class golf to luxury day spas. The concierge team at HRG can also arrange local tours and activities for the non-competitors.

HRG Vacations offers accommodations of every kind, ranging from luxurious 1, 2 and 3-bedroom vacation condominium rentals to vast, sumptuous vacation villas that have private pools and amenities and can host up numerous guests. Just tell us what you need: we’ve got it.



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Sport Fishing Season is Upon Us in Costa Rica

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January is just around the corner and its time for sport fishing in Costa Rica!

Costa Rica offers some of the best bill fishing in the world; especially within a 50-mile radius of Los Sueños Resort and Marina. Charters regularly reel in record-breaking marlin and sailfish fishing the relatively nearby offshore seamounts from the Nicoya Peninsula to the border of Nicaragua. From December to March, the Papagayo trade winds blowing east to west off Lake Nicaragua can make offshore fishing a challenging prospect. However, as the dry season begins in December, the winds calm and anglers, novice to expert  will find great bill fishing from Jacó and the Los Sueños marina down to Golfito, including the Osa Peninsula. From December into April, sailfish, and occasional marlin, are practically jumping into the boat. Rooster and reef fishing are great alternatives for anglers at any time of the year. Many experts consider roosterfish to be one of the best sport fish in the ocean. The waters of the gulf of Papagayo are home to some of the biggest roosterfish in Costa Rica. From June through October, even the least experienced angler can expect to land sailfish marlin, tuna and dorado, often in one trip. Seasonal changes from wet to dry and back again in May and November, offer great fishing in any part of Costa Rica. Deep waters and the migration patterns means sailfish, marlin, roosterfish, dorado, tuna and more than 15 other varieties can show up at any point in the year. Los Sueños is the sail fishing central center from December to April.  In January starts Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Billfish series. The series spans three months: Leg I, Jan. 18-21; Leg II, Feb. 22-25, and Leg III, March 22-25. February tends to have the highest concentration of sailfish and the possibility of 20 or 30 hookups a day. Double-digit sailfish releases and world records are broken regularly in when anglers can expect relatively flat, calm seas and great weather. The concierge team at HRG Vacations can assist you and your party (including landlubbers) with charter and accommodation packages that include all gear, charter crew and transportation to keep the whole group entertained.

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Guys Sport Fishing Getaway to Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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No wives and no kids; just the guys, good times, golf and sport fishing in Costa Rica.

It’s been a long hot summer with lots of family fun and backyard barbecues- and it’s been great- but, now that the kids are back in school, its time for a “guys getaway.” Sport fishing, casino gaming, golf, beer, cigars and adventure, and a little more sport fishing are all on the agenda; mowing the lawn, going to the office, taking out the trash are all on hold. At least just for a week or so. Start with reaching out to the team at HRG to help you plan the perfect sport fishing vacation to Costa Rica. With awesomely huge array of condos and vacation villas of every size to choose from, you and your buddies can arrange for the perfect home-base away from home in Los Sueños Resort; from there, you can explore Costa Rica, blow off some steam and get in some well deserved R&R. Here are a few ideas for fun on a great guy’s sport fishing vacation in Costa Rica: Of course: Sport Fishing Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the premier offshore sport-fishing destination in all of Central America, Mexico or the Bahamas. Find out why some of the biggest names in tournament sport fishing base their operations out of Los Sueños’ 200 slip full service marina and in the calmest and bluest waters of the Pacific. Whether it’s a half day for inshore fishing or full day for inshore and offshore fishing, you won’t be disappointed as each trip comes with a bilingual captain and crew, bait, tackle, snacks, lunch, drinks and plenty of exciting opportunities for a great catch. When the day is done, HRG can arrange for an onsite chef to prepare a delicious meal out of the day’s rewards, whether its sushi or some other culinary delight. Golf On those days when you take a break from being out on the water, an 18-hole golf course awaits your competitive nature. Los Sueños Resort and Marina is home to the professional 18 hole, par 72 La Iguana Golf Course designed by Ted Robinson Jr. Landscaped to blend seamlessly with the lush Costa Rica Jungle and Central Pacific Coast line. River Rafting There is no thrill quite like facing the rapids on a swiftly racing river. Costa Rica’s many rivers offer numerous opportunities for you and your buddies to experience whitewater rafting, whether it is your first time on a raft or you are looking to challenge yourselves on some of the world’s fiercest rapids. Zip-lining There are many ways to see Costa Rica’s rainforest – by boat, by ATV, by car, on horseback, or on your own two feet. However, nothing compares to seeing the country’s dense foliage and beautiful wildlife from high up in the trees, or flying through the air over a tropical paradise. Want to feel like superman for a day? Book a zip-line canopy tour through your concierge at HRG. ATV Tours To really experience all that the mountains and jungles of Costa Rica offer, there’s no better way than on an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. Whether you’re on a smooth beach or braving a muddy, jungle trail, these four-wheeled vehicles give you the freedom of a motorcycle with the ability for off-road adventuring. Casino Gaming In addition to the beautiful landscape and its colorful exotic inhabitants, the nightlife in and around the Los Sueños Resort includes more than dinner and clubbing; it’s teaming with Vegas style casinos too. Right in the resort and in nearby Jaco Beach, too, there are a number of fun casinos to choose from. Drinking and Dining What would a vacation be without great food and drink? With more than 10 excellent restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from right in Los Sueños Resort, and an abundance to numerous to name just minutes away, you‘ll find that the nightlife during your guys getaway sport fishing vacation won’t disappoint. After a long, fun, challenging day out on the water, a great night on the town is just the way to top it all off.   Life may be full of responsibility these days (and all the rewards that go with that), but you still get to have a little bit of time in for you and September is a great time of year to make your getaway and enjoy that annual fishing trip with your buddies.

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A Beginners Guide to Sport Fishing in Costa Rica

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Sport Fishing is a fun adventure for the entire family- here’s a guide for first timers

Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is famous the world over for its first-rate sportfishing, including sailfish, marlin, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, snapper and more. More than 40 fishing world records have been registered along the central and southern coastline. Sportfishing tours for beginners and experts alike are plentiful with well-equipped fishing boats taking anglers out for half-day, full-day and week-long charters.

If it’s your first time out, here are a few things to think about before you pick a boat:

  • For a better experience, plan your trip with local experts; they have a vested interest in helping you make the right choices.
  • Talk personally with the captain; the right boat is the key to a good experience. Ask questions about the season and what’s biting. While there are no guarantees, professional guides and operators are honest and want your expectations of what you may catch to be realistic.
  • Price is not the only consideration. It’s expensive by the time you add up fuel, bait, tackle, maintenance and time. There’s a reason prices can be significantly different for nearly identical boats, and the reason often has to do with the crew, their experience and their successes. The best boats are never the cheapest. Going with the cheapest option may mean all you get is a very expensive boat ride. Talk to local anglers, they can help you navigate the pitfalls.
  • Work with HRG’s concierge as they specialize in sport fishing and have longstanding relationships with some of the best captains on the water. HRG’s team members know which boats and captains are reliable, where to go and when; they’ll put you where the fish are for the best rates and times.
  • Be sure to bring:
    • Sunblock (30+ SPF):  The sun is brighter on the ocean and there is a lot of reflective glare off its surface.  Thoroughly cover your face, neck and ears; and any other exposed skin.
    • Sunglasses
    • Hand towel or chamois
    • Camera: to capture that trophy fish photo
    • Sea sickness medication: If you haven’t been out before or have a history.  It doesn’t hurt to bring some.  Don’t overindulge with alcohol the night before going fishing.
    • Water and snacks: These things are available on the boat, but you may want to bring your own.
  • What to wear:
    • Think layers.
    • On the ocean, it’s usually 10-20 degrees cooler than it is inland. Conditions can also change rapidly.  If you wear layers, you can adjust up and down accordingly.
    • Costa Rica is hot, so shorts and a t-shirt are fine, but bring a hoodie or windbreaker to wear on top.  It will come in handy, especially when you are going to and coming back from the fishing grounds.
    • If you have deck boots, wear them.  If not, where flat, non-slip shoes. Sandals and flip flops not recommended.
    • If you have little ones, it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes for them.  Kids tend to have a knack of getting wet.
  • When you first get on the boat, find a spot to stow your gear.  Avoid putting your things directly on the deck.  The deck gets wet, and the crew and other anglers need room to pass. Once the boat gets underway, the captain will tell you where all the safety equipment is stored, give you an idea of what to expect for the day, and tell you how to rig up.  If you don’t catch all of it, don’t hesitate to ask a crew member.

Costa Rica is the dream destination for world-class sport fishing for all the right reasons. Over the years, it’s risen to become a top fishing destination, arguably one of the best in the world for billfish and Los Sueños Resort and Marina has risen right along with it. Some seasons are better than others, depending on the fish you’re after, but from Papagayo to Dominical, you can be sure of catching more than just fish.



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Final Leg of 2016 LSRM Triple Crown Starting March 30

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Leg III of the 2016 Los Sueños Triple Crown begins this week!

With just days to go before the start of the last leg of Los Sueños’ third annual Triple Crown tournament on March 30, captains and anglers are readying their gear. After a record shattering catch in Leg II—2,754 billfish—it’s anyone’s guess as to which team will reel in the 2016 Triple Crown on April 2.

Current standings (combined totals for Legs I & II) put five boats in a very competitive contest. Only 19 sailfish separate first and fifth places, mix in a few more marline and times and the top prize is up for grabs.

• Agitator, 16,300 points (163 sails, no marlin)
• Sea Angel, 15,800 points (153 sails, 1 marlin)
• Fish Tank, 15,300 points (153 sails, no marlin)
• Tranquilo, 15,000 points (135 sails, 3 marlin)
• Tijereta, 14,400 points (144 sails, no marlin)

Jaruco, Dragin Fly, Pelese, Spanish Fly, Alpha Bravo and Southern Pride round out the top 10 boats at the end of the second leg of the tournament.

Agitator, a 51’ Scarborough, took second place in Leg I. The team’s first place finish in Leg II positions them for a great finish, but doesn’t count out anyone on the leader board. Pelese, a 60’ Spencer captained by John Lagrone, has had an excellent tournament, as have Jaruco, Dragin Fly, Spanish Fly, Alpha Bravo and Southern Pride. All of them are in contention for Leg III’s Triple Crown Showdown, especially if the marlin are biting again.

Tranquilo and Agitator, winners of Leg I and II respectively are already eligible for the 2016 Offshore World Championship. Which team will join them in qualifying? Stay tuned to Los Sueños’ live tournament broadcast or check the scoreboard for the latest news.

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2016 Los Sueños Triple Crown Billfish Tournament Leg II


The results are in for leg II of the 2016 LSRM Triple Crown!

With a whopping 2,754 billfish (2,753 sails and 1 marlin), Leg II’s cumulative totals put the 2016 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Series in the record books (surpassing final numbers for the 2014 and 2015 tournaments). The standings so far put Sea Angel in second place overall with 15,800 points; Fish Tank in third with 15,300 and Tranquilo, with 15,000 points, still very much in contention. A good haul in Leg III could clinch it for any of the top four—especially if the marlin are taking the bait in March.

Day 3 saw Agitator hold on to its lead with the top catch of the leg (8,700 points) to take first place in the series with 16,300 points. In a three-way tie for second place for Leg II, Pelese, Spanish Fly and Sea Angel recorded 8,600 points each and HRG’s own Team Jaruco in third with 8,300 points. Day 3 also saw Reel Joy reel in the only marlin for Leg II.

At the close of the first day of Leg II of, the day’s catch (and release) totaled 1,103 sailfish, compared to Leg I’s Day 1 total of 708 sails. Fish Tank and Pelese docked in a tie for first with 37 sails apiece. Hot on their heels were Pescadora (36 sails), Jaruco (35 sails) and Sea Angel (33 sails). Remarkably, none of 43 boats competing in this leg of series landed a single marlin. Tranquilo, Leg I’s first-place finisher, reeled in just 20 sails to finish the day mid-pack, dropping them to third place.

The total catch on for Day 2 was 932 sails and still no marlin. However, the cumulative total for Leg II, with a day’s fishing left, surpassed Leg I’s total of 1,961 billfish. Agitator took the day with 34 sails and the overall lead with 14,200 points. Based on cumulative totals, Fish Tank docked in second for the tournament with 13,500, and Sea Angel ranks an overall third with 13,400 points. Tranquilo, the Leg I winner, was a strong fourth place with 12,500 points and Tijereta in fifth with 12,300. 

The 2016 Triple Crown is already one for the record books, with Leg III still to come. The anglers are gearing up for the finish, which runs March 30 through April 2; check then for live updates and final standings.


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