Operation Jack Northwest Run is different than most runs: First and foremost it is a fundraiser, and there is no set distance. The event takes place at Summerlake Park in Tigard, and runners will run as many laps on the 0.94 mile course as they can during the six hour that the course is open. Runners pay for race registration, but are encouraged to raise money beyond the race fee.
Operation Jack Northwest Run is the Portland area event raising money for Operation Jack Foundation, which supports families affected by autism. When runners sign up for this run, they estimate how many laps they are planning to run to give organizers an idea of the number of runners they can expect. This estimate does not lock you in, but you can run as much or as little as you can on race day. A half marathon can be completed by running 14 laps, a marathon is 28 laps. Special prizes are awarded to the male and female finishers who run the farthest distance in the six hours. The event is chip timed, clocking each lap individually, and there is a fully stocked aid station at the start/finish area.
The Operation Jack Autism Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity created in 2009 in honor of Jack Felsenfeld, who was born in 2003 and is severely autistic.
Most of the funds we raise come from the nationwide series of Operation Jack events. We also provide an easy-to-use fundraising platform for individual participants trying to raise money for the autism-related charity of their choice.
The foundation has no staff and no office and strives to be as cost-effective as possible. The work needed to make the foundation thrive is done on a volunteer basis. Through January 2015, the foundation and its events have grossed approximately $300,000.
Operation Jack Northwest details:
When: Saturday, December 12; 8am start. (You can start at any time, but the course closes at 2pm)
Where: Summerlake Park, Tigard, OR
What: choose-your-distance fundraiser run – from 0.94 miles to however far you can run in six hours.
Registration: online here (Register before Nov 23 to be guaranteed a shirt)
Registration cost: $60 (additional fundraising encouraged)
Registration includes: Chip timed race, supported by aid stations; tech event shirt; finisher’s medal