This morning was the second annual Autism Awareness 5K Walk/Run in San Pedro.
Rose and I chose the walk option off the menu, out of deference for me being completely out of shape thanks to back-to-back surgeries in the past year or so. So Rose prepared for the 5K by rising early and running a 7K. I prepared by looking for my ancient running shoes, which I searched thoroughly for scorpions, lizards, spiders and other creatures who seek shelter in musty, dark places in the back of closets.
The good news is, I found none of the above.
But the shoes. Oh, the shoes!
The bad news is . . . oh, wait . . . I told you earlier: I am terribly out of shape as far as humans go.
The run/walk began in front of the Sandbar, the hostel/bar/pizza joint in Boca del Rio which seems to be making a habit out of civic generosity. If there is a good deed being done for San Pedro, you’ll likely see the Sandbar’s name attached to it somewhere. Seriously, a bottomless source of good works for the community.
This event was to raise funds for the special needs classes at Ambergris Caye Elementary School. It is the only class of its kind for special needs kids and Sara Jean is the only teacher of her kind on the island. Both are precious resources worth supporting.
I have no idea how successful the run/walk was as a fundraiser, but as a community gathering of San Pedranos and expats I’d call it a whopping success. And you couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous morning.
If you are looking for a 5K route to run or walk, this one is pretty decent. Start at the Sandbar and head north up Boca del Rio to the end, then return south on the main road, all the way to the Road Kill Bar. Hang a left through the pine grove and hang a left at the beach. Walk the beach north back to the Sandbar.
Sometimes you are lucky and your friends might be gathering for brunch at, oh, let’s say the Holiday Hotel’s waterfront Caprice restaurant. Then you, too, might be able to stop for a sip of a rejuvenating mimosa before returning to your walk. Beats bottled water any day.
Actually, after the walk/run we did jump into the golf cart and rumbled back down the road to the Holiday Hotel where our friends had saved a pair of seats for us. I know what your are wondering: “Bob, you are a sweat hog. How could you meet up with freshly bathed friends at a nice place like the Caprice after manning up for a whole 5K?
I brought a towel and spare shirt and treated the whole community to my impression of a crazy guy washing up and changing clothes on Front Street before entering the hotel dining room. And since I was facing the sea, I also had the wind in my favor.
And that other thing you are wondering?
Yes, I had the waffles and friend chicken and there wasn’t a speck left on my plate.
Thank you. It was a fabulous morning.
Rose is now back from the massage she scheduled as we walked along Boca del Rio and as soon as she gets done making the fresh vegetable soup in the crock pot, we should just be able to catch the end of the corn hole tournament at The Truck Stop.
And please, do not let me forget that tomorrow morning is my deadline for renewing my Visa stamp at the Immigration Office. Not like I did last month . . . .
A few more photos from this morning: