I am resurrecting this topic for the benefit of future visitors to the area that enjoy running, walking (hiking). As a serious and avid runner for many years (raced 24 marathons including Boston several times plus lots of mountain long distance runs) throughout North America. I live in Dominical most of the year with homes in Colorado and Alaska and was quick to learn that running in the tropics has its advantages and disadvantages. My wife, Deb, and I created the first 5K /10K Race Walk in the Southern Zone (Dominical to Ojochal) 6 years ago which incorporates all the elements of our area -the beach, mountains, rivers, jungle and a village with the 10K having a lot of elevation gain for about 2.5 Km. It has become a healthy event that is enjoyed by the Costa Ricans, local foreigners and visitors to our area plus benefits the Dominical Lifeguards, a local public elementary school and a dog rescue organization. The last 5 years the race has been in March but we are thinking of changing it in 2014 to February so it can become a pre-training race for the Chirripo Race (the highest mountain in Costa Rica). If there is any interest in this subject I will be glad to share some of my favorite places to run throughout the area and tips to make sure your running experience is a good one while you are here.