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!
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!