Jimmy and Jennifer, A Lasting Legacy of Friendship at the NYC Marathon
This extraordinary story starts when Jimmy told his friend Jennifer that he wanted to run a 5k with friends. The result established an outlet for Jimmy to get into shape, all while showing the community what people with intellectual disabilities are able to accomplish when given the chance. For the next several years they trained together for races in their home state of California.
I like the marathon. I like everything: the walking, a little bit running, but not to much; my friends they cheer me on. I can do it! Jennifer and I are going to New York for Best Buddies. – Jimmy Jensen
While Jimmy had completed a number of long distance runs in the past there was one he had his eyes set on. The iconic New York City Marathon. In 2013 he decided to go for the gold!
It is such an honor to be able to assist my friend, Jimmy, on his journey and look back and realize how much he has taught me. Yes, I was able to help Jimmy become more active, get in the community, lose weight, and tie his shoes, but he taught me about enjoying life, dancing and singing like no one is watching, and that a hug and hot coco can solve almost anything. I can’t wait to see Jimmy cross the finish line in New York. – Jennifer Davis
On Sunday, November 3, 2013, Jimmy became the first individual with Down Syndrome to complete the iconic race. He ran, walked and danced for eight hours, side by side with his good friend Jennifer.
Run with Team Best Buddies at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon
Do you love to run? Do you love friendship and inclusion? Consider joining amazing people like Jimmy and Jennifer and run on Team Best Buddies. We are currently seeking runners for our guaranteed entries in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.