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50 Gifts of Freedom Project Progress

 

 

When Jessica completes a state it gets highlighted in pink! Check back to see the progress. 

 

 

Jessica's Blog
November 2016

Race #5 South Dakota

84 days. That’s how long of a break that I had between marathons #4 and 5. It was a nice break after running 4 marathons in 4 months but when it came time for my family and I to pack up to head to South Dakota for the Leading Ladies Marathon, I was ready to go! This marathon is situated in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It winds into Spearfish Gorge from Lead, SD into Spearfish, SD. The race is all female and (almost) all downhill! The race provides spectacular views and for...
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June 2016

Race #4: Vermont

Vermont is an AAmazing story of teamwork, of new friends that seem like we have known each other forever, of a fantastic race and new adventures and the old story of yet another battle with Mother Nature. I am not a planner by nature. I am happy to sit in the back seat and let someone else take the reins. I am still getting used to being put into a role of coordinating my races for #Project50.  I have never been to Vermont and there is also no Ainsley’s Angels chapter located th...
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May 2016

Race #3: Kentucky

Oh Kentucky, beautiful Kentucky! Marathon #3 brought not only me, but my family to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon! I was able to be joined for this race by a big family support crew which was fun. My three children had not been able to join me for a 50 Gifts of Freedom race yet and they were eager to see mom in action, meet our gift recipient, and be my little helpers. I was lucky to have had a lot of help orchestrating the events of the weekend from the Ainsley’s Ange...
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Race #2: Virginia

Miserable and Wonderful! Those were the first two words that come to mind for marathon #2 of 50 Gifts of Freedom in Virginia Beach, VA.    The road to VA  started before the 50 Gifts Project was born. I was signed up to participate in the Whale Challenge for Shamrock race weekend which was a combination of an 8k (about 5 mile) race on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday. Once the project had started is seemed very fitting that I would be in Ainsley's hometown for race #2...
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March 2016

Race #1 Oregon

Frustrated, Proud, Uncomfortable, Satisfaction, Overwhelmed, Confident, Defeated, Exhilarated. These are just some of a million different emotions felt when running a 26.2 mile foot race. The Leap Day Marathon in Beaverton, Oregon was no different.  Oregon left me with a flood of feelings, good and bad, and it has been hard to relay them to people who ask me how my first race in the 50 Gifts of Freedom Project went. “Great!” I tell them. But that word isn’t nearly big e...
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February 2016

Beginning the Journey

50 marathons. When I sit and start to try to wrap my mind around all the numbers it’s a little staggering! The goal is to be able to complete this project in 5 years. That’s 1310 miles of running in races in just 60 months, not to mention the countless miles of training in between. The numbers are big and pushing me well outside of my comfort zone! I have always enjoyed running. My dad and I used to run together when I was a teenager, and he would track my times over the cour...
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Getting To Know You

Hey everyone! Before I start on this new adventure I want to let you all get to know me! My name is Jessica. I am 37 . . .
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50 Gifts of Freedom Project
Ainsley's Angels of America is extremely proud to have Angel Runner Jessica spreading our mission to every state of our amazing Nation! Starting on leap year day 2016 (February 29th) in Oregon, Jessica will begin the journey of joining a different Angel Athlete-rider in a marathon in each of our 50 states!

After each race, Ainsley's Angels of America will grant a Freedom Push Chair to the Athlete. Jessica aims to not only bestow the gift of mobility and inclusion all over the United States, but also aims to assist with the growth of the Ainsley's Angels Ambassador program to enable more to "Roll With The Wind"!

Jessica believes that it doesn't take super athletic abilities to be able to participate, just a love for running and a love for helping others to experience and be included in this wonderful sport.


MISSION
In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life.  Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included.
Contributions
All contributions to Ainsley's Angels of America are TAX DEDUCTIBLE under section 170 of the IRS Code.  
We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.  Our tax ID is EIN 45-3576353 and our IRS tax exemption ID (DLN) is 17053067330003.
All donors will receive a Donation Receipt for tax purposes upon request. Thank you for your support.



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