If you look hard enough, you can find a great story behind every marathon. Last year, I filled you in on my friend Janelle and her Chicago Marathon run w/ legally blind cousin E.J. Scott. This year I want to fill you in on Team Jennipede.
If you don’t know the story, Jenny Crain was once one of the dominant marathon runners in the U.S. That all changed in 2008 when she was struck by a car during a training run. She suffered traumatic brain injury and today spends the majority of her time in rehab trying to regain all that she has lost.
Runner’s World covered this story a while back and at the time, the article drew attention to the fact that Jenny’s family was facing hard decisions regarding her care thanks to the spiraling medical costs involved. Fortunately for Jenny, Team Jennipede stepped up at this year’s Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.
Team Jennipede was made up of 62 runners all tethered together for the duration of the marathon. Their effort was on track to earn $100,000 for Jenny’s care. They crossed the line together, with Runner’s World’s Bart Yasso pushing Jenny across the finish line in a custom jogging stroller alongside them.
What I love about this story is that no one forgot Jenny. How often do we all stop and pause in the face of tragedy and pledge our support, only to forget about the athlete, the cause, the event, a few years down the road. I can think of a few NFL players who were paralyzed over the years, but can I remember their names? Nope. Runners have big hearts and it’s great to see that on display for Jenny’s cause.