The Operation Jack Marathon

Sign up for the Operation Jack Marathon & Half Marathon.

Back in January, Sam Felsenfeld began a quest to run 60 marathons in one year, a project he called Operation Jack in honor of his son. Sam’s objective is raise money for autism charities, and to inspire others to do the same. And here’s why:

Jack, born September 16, 2003, was diagnosed with autism shortly after he turned 3, although he has been in constant therapy and treatment since before his second birthday. He is showing signs of progress, but has very limited speech and struggles with communication and social interaction. After watching his son struggle day after day with his condition, Sam decided he wanted to do something to make a difference in his honor.

Proposed start/finish line. We'll just add some chalk.

Now more than 50 marathons into the year, and a couple bonus ultramarathons, the finish line is in sight. And CORE is proud to be a partner in Sam’s 61st marathon of the year, the Operation Jack Marathon. This race, on December 26, will start & finish right in CORE territory, at the northern edge of Manhattan Beach and running along the bike path 6.55 miles before turning around and running back. Half marathoners will finish there, marathoners will take another lap.

View from Kavaccino's

We’ll be posting a lot more about the race in the coming months. Right now, we’re looking for runners, volunteers & sponsors. If you can help in any regard, please contact me at To sign up to run, head over to Sam’s Operation Jack Marathon page or the registration page. So that’s out of the way. Sometimes those of us living in the South Bay forget that we live amid such natural beauty. I quickly remembered it when I biked along the course route, taking photos for the event. What an amazing place!

The Operation Jack Marathon?
Mile 4.65 aid station
Mile 3 aid station

Or look at all the photos on the map. CORE is going to be working hard over these next 6 or 7 weeks to help Sam, Operation Jack and the Train 4 Autism team host this event & make it a real community event. I’m going to be running the half marathon, and trying to raise money to reach my Operation Jack goal– I’d run the marathon, but I’ve already 4 this year & there’s no way I’m going to miss Sam’s finish!

OK, here’s the real hard sell. Every dollar from the event is going to Operation Jack. There are some fixed expenses Operation Jack has to pay (such as insurance), but everything will be done on a volunteer/ donation basis in order to maximize the amount going to help in the fight against autism. So sign up to run or walk the full or half marathon. Volunteer. Donate to a competing friend. If you do enter, please join the team after you register, then start some fundraising to help kids like Jack and families like Sam’s.

Number 13! 26 miles in the bank, and still checking the rear-view mirror

Guess who didn't run a marathon today!

And let me add a few words about Sam. He’s a great guy, tireless and dedicated. I really pushed hard for Sam to have marathon 61 in my backyard, and I’m psyched that he’s agreed. I’m also convinced that this can really be a seminal event– the last race in an epic series, run along the beach, with his friends, family & supporters there to support him 100%. Plus, it will raise a lot of money for Operation Jack to battle autism. Now, CORE is going to be a big part of this, so I’ll be asking all members for advice, help & support in the next few weeks. All ideas are welcome, participants are encouraged and sponsors are cheered! Oh, and if you have $5000 you’d like to donate to Operation Jack, you can name the marathon yourself!

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