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JJ Thomas was diagnosed with Leukemia on November 4, 2016. He was in 7th grade at Grizzell Middle School in Dublin, OH, playing football and soccer, doing well in school and enjoying his friends. One phone call changed all of that. He spent the next year undergoing intense chemotherapy, having bone marrow biopsies, lumbar punctures and blood transfusions, unable to attend school, or have much interaction with the outside world as he often did not feel well and his immune system was very compromised. Throughout this time, JJ, along with his siblings Larkin and Zach, his parents, Luke and Michelle kept their faith and a positive attitude and did everything to FIGHT to beat cancer.
In November of 2017, JJ started the Leukemia Maintenance Treatment and went back to school and slowly started returning to activities and a “new normal”. His treatment will last until March of 2020. JJ has always loved to run and enjoyed racing anyone who would take on the challenge. His speed impressed many and he impressed us all when he decided to run cross country for Dublin Jerome High School this fall even as he had to take chemotherapy daily and get infusion treatments monthly at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. JJ has a little under a year left of treatment and we want to help him GET TO THE FINISH LINE by bringing a community together to run or walk with him in the #JJSTRONG 5K! There will be an option for a 1.4-mile walk for anyone who wants to participate in the event but prefers a shorter distance.
JJ wants to donate any profits made to organizations that helped him like Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Families for a Cure and to raise money to start a #JJSTRONG scholarship. Please join us!
Save time in line on race morning and pick up your race gear early! Stop in and visit the running and walking experts at Columbus Running Company in their Dublin location on Thursday, June 13 (10a-8p) or Friday, June 14 (10a-6p). Pick up your race shirt and bib number ahead of time, and while you're in check out the latest offerings in the sunglasses department to keep your eyes from getting overworked on race day.
There is plenty of parking at the Dublin Recreation Center. Please park first in the NW lots (west of the Rec Center) as these are closest to the event.
There will be no individual awards this year as the focus is community and togetherness. We will post all finish times on the race website, and we will announce the biggest teams at the race! Please stick around after you finish for bagels, bananas, water, and sign the #JJSTRONG poster. Smoothie King will be selling smoothies after the race. Please hang around after the race and enjoy a smoothie, music and corn hole.
Stay tuned for more fun announcements in the coming months.
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Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the JJ STRONG 5K.
Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:
The JJ STRONG 5K is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).
The JJ STRONG 5K has a course map available.
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