NEW YORK - Bobby Jenkins, owner of ABC Home & Commercial Services, Austin, Texas, and son-in-law J. Pieratt, completed the New York City Marathon, on Nov. 6. The pair ran the marathon in memory of grandson and son Moss, who passed away from Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). They raised more $168,000 (surpassing their $150,000 goal), which will go to support NYU Langone’s SUDC research efforts.
Jenkins emailed supporters, “We did it! It sure wasn't easy, but J. and I finished the New York City Marathon. It was an absolutely incredible experience that neither of us will ever forget. We won't talk about time as our goal was to finish, and not get hurt, and that we accomplished!”
Despite warmer than expected temperatures (from mid 70s to low 80s) Jenkins said that race went smoothly. “We saw the family at mile 6, 14 and the finish line. I had all of my children, their spouses, my grandchildren and of course my incredible wife Jan there with us for the race which made everything even more special and memorable. Things went according to plan until about mile 23 when I experienced calf cramps in both legs. From that point on, it was a bit of a struggle trying to run and then walk out the cramps. The finish may not have been pretty, but I did manage to run across the finish line with a face full of determination if not a beaming smile.”
Jenkins, who has been training for the marathon for the past two-plus years, said having “Angel Moss” with him helped him “stay focus on the good that will come from the money we raised for research.”
Jenkins was one of 19 runners who were running for SUDC, and the group met on the Monday after the race to “share smiles and tears.” Jenkins thanked all of those who donated and said he would welcome any additional donations at https://bit.ly/runningformoss.