this year marked the 4th year team maine has set out on the weekend after christmas to run in support of Operation Jack. i met Sam in 2010 in boston after the boston marathon. boston was number 20 of 61 marathons that he ran after starting "Operation Jack" in support of his autistic son, Jack. the satellite runs started in 2010 as a 6.1 mile run to support sams 61st marathon and finishing off his year, and has grown each year with more runners and supporters (and is now a satellite 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and ultra marathon depending on where you are in the country). our meeting happened by chance of him seeing a poster that sarah and i made for him, and has grown into a good friendship over the past few years. i am proud to support him and his cause.
it was a beautiful morning in brunswick on saturday, 26 degrees and clear skies with little wind. other years have surely been colder, but today was a great day. we had three veteran operation jack supporters, jim, michelle and myself, and three new supporters, leslie, mandy, and cindy. this was also mandys first 10k, and she came all the way from new jersey! (ok she was on vacation here, but still its pretty awesome!) we ran along the bike path and enjoyed good conversation along the way.
gorgeous sunrise that my camera did very little justice to
missing cindy who ran home. she loves running!
cindy and michelle, two members of "idiots running club"
leslie and me. maine coast training partners!
overall it was a great day with great friends and i cant wait to do this again next year. i talked with jim about changing up the course again for next year, get some different scenery. we will see what the year brings! hopefully more of you can join us or start your own team where you live!
cat photo bomb
4th annual operation jack satellite run