2020 was a year like know other, but it validated what we already know. Runners are resilient, and they are willing to show up. As we look back at all we have been through since the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend was canceled six days prior to the event, we are forever grateful for our running community and all of the support we have received. Our runners showed up big! Not only did our participants run thousands of miles this year, they made sure there was meaning to their miles by supporting all of our charity partners.
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Our gang at J&A Racing includes Josh Wade, Director of Creative Design and Lymphoma survivor! To honor Josh and to support the amazing work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Team in Training and their fight against blood cancers, a portion of all Champagne Gang 5K registration will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
People often ask Jerry and I how the Starting Strides program began. The idea came to me the same place where most of my ideas come from: on a running. For those of you who don’t know, Starting Strides is a program through that J&A Racing Foundation that makes running accessible to students who have barriers that prevent them from participating in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile.