I’ve been friends with Sam (my CA International marathon pacer) for a while now. 2.5 years. He’s a hell of a runner (sub 3 marathon PR) and an even better friend.
I mean, honestly, who voluntarily offers to pay for a flight, hotel, and race registration just to pace their friend to a 3:31 marathon? A friend with a heart of gold. He wanted to push me to my marathon PR. He was so supportive back in April when I had surgery. He wanted to help me earn Boston back, because he knew how bummed I was when I missed it.
Sam is a charity runner. Yeah, he’s fast, but he’d rather run to raise awareness about autism – a disorder his 7.5 yr old son, Jack, lives with every day. Did you know 1 out of every 110 children in the US have autism? This is serious, and warrants as much attention as possible. Which is why Sam ran 61 marathons in 2010 to raise money for Train 4 Autism through his charity organization called Operation Jack.
Sam didn’t have to help me on Sunday. He didn’t have to fly up to Sacramento. He didn’t have to carry my water bottle, hold me back from starting too fast, push me when I was hitting the wall. He didn’t have to run another marathon. But he did. And that, in my eyes, deserves a huge thanks. A thank you larger than some words on a blog.
I want to give thanks, to give back to Sam, in the best way I know how. By donating to his passionate cause: Operation Jack. And I’m wondering if you could please help me…
If you were inspired by our California Int’l marathon story?
If you read the disappointment in my words when I missed Boston 2011?
If you cheered for us after we crossed the finish line and re-qualified for Boston 2013?
If you’ve ever read anything on this blog that inspired you to get out the door and go for a run/walk/hike/anything active?
I created a secure and simple Donation Page (click HERE), with my fundraising goal of $331… for the 3:31 marathon I ran, all thanks to Sam. I love blogging and I love you guys – my readers who are really my friends, who keep coming back to see what I’ve been writing about.
If every one of my readers (friends) donated just $3.31 each, we’d have well over my goal of $331 to give thanks to Sam. To give to Operation Jack. That’s not so hard! Please help me do it!
Thanks for taking the time to read all this. I really appreciate it. Sam is a great friend, and he deserves a hearty thanks in the most appreciated way possible. Donating to help fight autism.