Tethered runners set record, help Jenny Crain
Team Jennipede exceeded expectations at the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee on October 2 by earning a Guinness World Record and raising more than $108,000 to help pay for injured runner Jenny Crain's ongoing medical care. The group of 62 people exceeded the previous record of 54 runners to complete a marathon while tethered together.
Crain was in her wheelchair alongside the group for the last two-tenths of a mile and was at the finish line to receive a check for the money raised.
The celebration at the finish hid the significant strain of the effort, overcoming cramps and the stress of pushing dangerously close to the time limit, six hours, 30 minutes.
"Perhaps the greatest moment of the day was when we turned a slight corner and there was Jenny in her wheelchair with the finish line only 100 yards away," Scott Krizek wrote. "We couldn't share more than a shake of her hand or a pat on her shoulder as we approached the finish but it was enough to bring this odyssey back into perspective. We had done this for her and she had made the effort to greet us at the finish."
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