If Jack's dad can run 61 marathons in one year, I can certainly run one to further the cause. Most of you already know that my son was diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) in July. And in another post at another time I'm going to write a lot more on the subject. Suffice it to say that raising awareness and money for research and support for autistic children and their families is a cause that is important to me.
So the basics of Operation Jack 2.0 are simple- I raise at least $100 for the autism charity of my choice, and Operation Jack 2.0 pays for my marathon registration. They will be doing it for one runner every week of the year, so that's 52 runners raising money and awareness in the fight against autism. It is Operation Jack 2.0's hope (as well as my own) that I raise more than the required $100. I have decided that I will look for a charity that directly benefits my son, and if I can't do that, then my autism charity of choice will be Operation Jack. I've chosen to run River Towns Marathon (May 3, 2014) again for a couple reasons. One- I've already done it, two- its close to home (which is good for SOOO many reasons), and three- registration is less than $100, so more of the money I raise can go to charity. Aaron has also decided to be one of Operation Jack 2.0's 52 runners! He will be running Mt Nittany Marathon, date TBD.
It is my hope to be wildly successful with Operation Jack 2.0, as well as my second running of RTM. I will be posting updates and a link to a fundraising page in the near future. In the meantime I will be brainstorming ways to make donating more appealing, perhaps a one-on-one training session, a running training schedule personalized for your goals, a pot of soup, free hugs...... I don't know, just in the thinking stage for now. All I can say at the present time is that I'm excited to be a part of Operation Jack 2.0, excited to have the opportunity to connect my love of running to my love for my son and have the chance to run with a greater purpose. Please consider supporting me in this venture. There will be more to follow. With gratitude in my heart, until next time!