There were aches and strains but no criminality at annual pilgrimage

Medical workers treated more than 3,500 of those who walked the romería, the annual pilgrimage to the Basilica de Los Ángeles in Cartago, this weekend. A Cruz Roja report said that 49 of those walkers had to be taken to local hospitals.

The vast majority of cases were for standard medical situations, while nearly 400 people were treated for muscle aches, and another 161 were assisted for trauma, according to Cruz Roja numbers.

About 60 percent of those who received Red Cross aid were women. The report was last updated at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In preparation for the romería, the organization enlisted 1,000 workers and volunteers across major routes on Friday.

Fuerza Pública officers also provided security for the event. Director Juan José Andrade said police found two girls believed to be missing thanks to a prompt response and constant communication with emergency aid organizations like the Red Cross.

The police agency reported no arrests and no reports of crime during the religious event.

Estimates say that some 2.5 million persons walked to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles during the last two weeks with the bulk doing so Friday.

The event was covered heavily by local television stations, and one feed went international. An estimate by a local Catholic television station staffer said that the potential international audience was about 400 million.

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