Traditions We Bring With Us


Preparing for the Run!

Preparing for the Run!

The American flag shorts you see here will be “Turkey Trotting” down the road in Atenas, Costa Rica on Thursday, November 28, 2013! These shorts get pulled out and dusted off three times a year for over twenty years; the annual Wharf-to-Wharf 10K in Santa Cruz, California, the Firecracker 10K on 4th of July , and the Turkey Trot, wherever I may be.

Now that I am an expat, living in Costa Rica full time, I thought the shorts would stay in the drawer this year. But, no! A couple of days ago I got an email from my friend, Isa, asking if I wanted to do a Turkey Trot in Atenas as a fund-raiser for a local children’s home. My immediate response was: “YES! I will do it with you.” And then I went rummaging in the drawer for the shorts. I squeezed into them, donned my ipod and headband and shouted to Don: “Hold the dog. I’m going for a run!”

“What? In the rain? Why?”

“It’s only a temporary sprinkle. Besides, I don’t care if I get wet. I have three days to train for the Turkey Trot.”

“Are you nuts? You haven’t run in a dog’s age. What are you talking about? This is Roca Verde. You’re gonna run on these hills?”

“Yup. Be right back.”

I came dragging in after mostly running the two Roca Verde loops. Yes, I admit I had to walk up the steep hills. And yes, I admit, I could barely move the next day. But, hey, I fit into the shorts and I will do the run Thursday morning.

I may not be in as good a shape as I was when running with my friends in California, but me and my new friends in Costa Rica will have a fun morning paying it forward for the feast, as well as supporting a good cause!

Santa Cruz, California start line

Santa Cruz, California start line

What I like about the invitation to the Atenas Turkey Trot: quote from the organizer: “It is going to be a very unofficial run, no medals, refreshments, and goodie bags! Just a time for the community to come together to help support a children’s home that is making a difference in children’s lives.” My goodie bag is the camaraderie of a new tradition with new friends in my old shorts, which helps me carry tradition with me, and my old friends in my heart.

I will have a photo of the start of the Atenas Turkey Trot wearing this same outfit after all these years. Keep tradition alive!

Instructions from the organizer:

Where: Calle Salas. The route will be marked from there.

When: Thanksgiving morning, 8 am.

Why: To raise donations for a local children’s home I have been volunteering with here in Atenas. They have to move by this spring, so any small gift can go a long way.

What: A 5-6k morning run, trot, walk, jog, or all the above! A great way to start your day with some organized running, or just to make room for a turkey dinner!

There is no registration fee, but if you can bring a donation, that would be wonderful!

Spread the word! Come one, come all!

I am so sorry, but bear with me on my directions. I am not from Atenas, so I’m not sure how many meters etc. I could give from a landmark people might know. If you are heading west on 3, toward Barrio Jesus, it is only a little past the business of Buen Pan!. Continue past Buen Pan! and it will be on your left, just after a bus stop. I will have a sign out the night before, and it will be well marked the day of the run. It’s is quite a rough road, but some parts are paved. From Mary’s house, it takes about fifteen minutes to walk, so by car, it should only a few.  Thank you to each one of you that is coming! It is going to be a very unofficial run, no medals, refreshments, and goodie bags! Just a time for the community to come together to help support a children’s home that is making a difference in children’s lives.
Thank you!!
Susannah

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  • Isa

    Carole,

    Turkey trot is for the older girls home not the orphanage. Great cause too!

    They have to relocate since the home they’re renting is no longer available.

    See you in the morning with our running shoes on!

    Isa

  • William Cook

    Hola Carole, Susannah and Beth,

    Susannah and Beth – – Please read (below) the blog I received today written by Carole. Carole is not only a friend but she is the winner of last years Showmanship Trophy at the 6th Annual Chili Cook Off. Her and her team are joining us again for the 7th Annual and we expect they will be a trophy winner again. And looks like Carole is excited to be taking a Turkey Trot tomorrow morning as well.

    Carole,- – Susannah is visiting Atenas and is staying with Beth, Micah and Logan, my neighbors. I think you and I are showing them what a great networking Atenas has and I’m happy to be a part of it by forwarding Susannah’s initial e-mail.

    Unfortunately, I cannot join you tomorrow. I will be getting a two hour massage while you all are walking and running. Ta-da.

    Have a great time, Hugs from here, Mary

    On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM, Carole Jean’s Capers wrote:

    > CaroleJean’sCapers@wordpress.com posted: ” The American flag shorts > you see here will be “Turkey Trotting” down the road in Atenas, Costa Rica > on Thursday, November 28, 2013! These shorts get pulled out and dusted off > three times a year for over twenty years; the annual Wharf-to-Wharf 10K in > S”

  • Nita Messersmith Lundin

    I am very happy to know you are remembering us all in your new home. Take care my friend, and enjoy the turkey trot…I will be trudey walking and cooking for 39 with a bit of help. Many hugs come your way, Nita

  • David

    Very Nice Carol. You are a very special lady, seems like your always doingb spomething for others. We got the second from last Angel on the Angel tree last week for an 8 year old girl. She now has a Barbie doll set and a back pack and new shoes!!! Glad we got one and at the same time sorry for the need. We MUST meet next year when we come down. D

  • Don Savage

    My kind of girl. While I’ll be baking a rum cake and maintaining my traditional orphan status for Thanksgiving, I’ll be with you in spirit. Keep shaking up the world.
    Papa Nuevo