Team Jessica Racing Equipment
$1,802 of $5,000 goal
Hi :-) I'm Jessica. I love to run, and I'm the captain of our racing team. My dad is our Clydesdale, and has helped us achieve amazing heights (figuratively and literally) in five years of racing. Some of you might have seen us in one of our many races in the Detroit/Lansing areas, or perhaps Up North where we've run several as well.
I love everything about the races, but the best part is near the end when my dad stops, helps me up from my jogger, and we get to run across the finish line together. It touches the hearts of those who are there, and it's really empowering for me to show that I can do it too.
It's pretty amazing that my dad has any joints left after 85+ races, including some half marathons. And speaking of things that are falling apart... my jogger has been put through some tough extremes. My dad replaced the tires this year because the rubber was almost completely gone, and there are some important pieces that are starting to fail. My dad keeps saying we need to get a new one, but the good ones intended for racing are really pricy. I guess that's why I'm here.
To match our appetite for races, we need a sturdy, lightweight racing machine. These are custom built to the dimensions of the captain (I'm a fully grown adult) and the Clydesdale (a more than fully grown adult). They have excellent mechanical parts that roll really well, adjustments for pushing and riding, and they last a really long time... Probably longer than my dad's knees will ;-)
We found a model that we really like, but need to come up with around $5,000 to make it a reality. Since each unit is custom built, this is only an example of what one would look like. The company who makes them does so with a love for those with special needs, and takes great care in their construction.
So, if any of you out there can help us out, we would greatly appreciate your generosity. If donations go beyond our wildest dreams, the excess contributions will be split between the International Rett Syndrome Foundation ( http://www.rettsyndrome.org) and the myTEAM TRIUMPH organization ( http://www.myteamtriumph.org). The IRSF is very dear to us, and I'm sure you can understand why :-) myTEAM TRIUMPH is a fantastic group of like-minded athletes playing the role of my dad/Clydesdale, but for captains that they might not even know. We have no direct involvement with either of these fine organizations.
Well, that's our story. We've already run our typical annual race total, and it's only June. It would be great to cruise into the finish area of a few races this year in a new racer. If you see us at a race, stop and say hello. I promise my dad doesn't bite ;-)
The Clydesdale has already started off-season training, and we look forward to an awesome new season of racing. Wishing you all a wonderful, healthy 2017.
Dan & Jessica
There is so much I could share about it, but I need to tell you all about a friend that we made during the race, that we might never see again...
Usually we travel with lots of extra gear to accommodate changing conditions for Jessica. That didn't happen this time because we had to use two different racers (one for the trail race and one for the street race) because our off-road tires hadn't arrived in time.
Anyway, there was a persistent wind coming off the bay, which was good for me, but a bit wearing on Jessica. I had a poncho to cover her, but it hadn't gotten to that point yet. When we got to the water station around mile 6, one of the volunteers approached us and asked if we wanted a blanket. I was in race mode, her car was "back there", I didn't know how I'd get the blanket back to her, and Jessica was still hanging strong, so I thanked her and we pressed onward. Super kind and helpful, like so many we have met at races through the years.
So some time later... a half mile... a mile... I'm not sure... I start hearing a loud voice behind me. I ignored it at first figuring it was other runners or the EMTs that patrol the pack on bikes looking for "victims". The yelling was getting closer, so I finally looked behind me... To see... Our new friend, Karen from the water station at mile 6. She had run back to her car to get the blanket and then chased us down.
Out of breath, Karen tells us she's not a runner (which makes me wonder about my abilities), and that we should just keep the blanket because it's old. Jessica covered and my thanks to her, she urged us onward.
After the race I handed the blanket to the director of racing and asked her to return it with our thanks to our new friend Karen, from the water station near mile 6.
Saturday, July 9th, we came from dead last after the trail run and transition into our new hot rod, to pass 14 runners in 10 miles, and almost caught a 15th. Jessica rocked hard against the safety straps to pull us along when I felt finished. I pushed myself just past my physical and emotional limits, but Jessica rode the second half of our half marathon in comfort, wrapped in love from someone she didn't even know...
Thank you Karen :-)