I posted last week about how I was concerned that I might not be able to do Operation Jack any more. I was thinking it might be a thing of the past and I needed to let go of 2010. But I got a lot of feedback and came up with an idea and while I wanted to launch it this week, I’ll probably be able to spill the details next week. But a very quick overview — it follows the same premise as 2010, when I launched Operation Jack by running 61 marathons to try to raise awareness and money in my fight against autism.
I can’t run a marathon every week again (well, I could and I would, but I’d require a very large corporate donation to attempt that again and that’s not going to happen), but I can use my foundation‘s 2014 budget to have people around the country run races for Operation Jack every weekend.
If you’re planning on running a marathon (or longer distance) race next year, I want to pay for your race entry with a fundraising requirement that’s (I think) LESS than your entry fee, and the money you raise will go to the local autism-related charity of your choice. I’m also going to give you an Operation Jack tech shirt to run in and an Operation Jack medal to supplement the medal you earn in your race. If you want to participate at a shorter distance, we can work that out to.
I like raising money to give it away. This time, I’m going to give it away to raise it and give it back out. Even better! I know that sounds odd and too good to be true, but I’m pretty excited about this because I really think it’s going to re-energize my efforts to using running to fight autism. So, bottom line: Fundraising requirement that’s less than your entry fee, free entry fee, free tech shirt, free medal.
I’m still finalizing things, but like I said, I’m going to take care of your race entry fee and your fundraising requirement will be very, VERY low. And you’ll get a bonus shirt and medal. If that sounds like it might be interesting to you, let me know by dropping me an email and I’ll make sure to let you know when I post the full details (probably next week).
That’s all for that. Here’s three quick Operation Jack quick plugs before I wish you a good Labor Day Weekend:
1. Operation Jack Marathon prices are going up next Wednesday so REGISTER NOW! I mean, I don’t mind if you pay more for the entry than what we’re currently charging for it, but I also don’t mind if you get in at our currently super affordable rates ($50 half marathon, $60 marathon). So SIGN UP NOW!
2. I just bought my airline tickets to go to the 4th Annual Operation Jack Northwest Run in Portland, Oreg. Here’s the link. If you’re in the area, show up! My friend Steve Walters puts on a very fun, friendly event and I’m glad I’ll be able to be there this year.
3. If you’re in the Kansas City area, or know anybody who is, check out (or spread the word about) our event there that’s taking place on December 28.
Ok, that’s all for today. Let me know if you want me to pay for a race entry for you next year![subscribe2]