Finding ways to celebrate America’s Independence Day when you’re not actually in a country that celebrates the 4th can be a challenge. Luckily in Peru a volunteer had the great idea to start an International Marathon on the 4th of July weekend! Eight years later the volunteer is back in the USA and the marathon still continues, giving current volunteers a chance to connect and run.
The race takes place in a beach town called Pacasmayo and in total there are about 500 runners who come from all over the world to run either a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or full marathon! The race takes place along the beach, which means the pier and everyone’s favorite… sand.
Jenna, from my group Peru 23, placed 2nd in the Women’s 5k and three other volunteers ran it as well. One volunteer did a 10k and then four brave souls did the sandy half marathon!
Of course the American flag shorts were a big hit! Happy 4th of July!
During the race the announcer asked for palabras, a speech, from Cuerpo de Paz so we all nominated Sam to do it. Bless his heart, after finishing a half marathon in less than 2 hours he had to give thanks to the organizers and talk about how great the race was in Spanish.
Although it wasn’t the typical family/ grill/ fireworks sort of 4th of July, it was so fun to see and participate in a healthy lifestyle promoting, sustainable Peace Corps project! A chance for some beach time wasn’t a bad perk either.