To pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, Foundation volunteers joined Jim Partridge for his 4th annual 9/11 Tribute Run in the city of Rancho Cucamonga.
Jim, an advid runner, professional fitness coach, and patriot started organizing the 9/11 Tribute Run 4 years ago to memorialize the sacrifices made by the victims of September 11th. And he hasn’t stopped since. As time passes, Jim feels that many of us are beginning to forget what happened on that fateful day. He endeavors to raise awareness, pay tribute and honor those who died 16 years ago.
Runners ran 9.11 miles through the city of Rancho Cucamonga on the Pacific Electric Trail and ended with a starlight prayer vigil at the Vietnam War Memorial in front of Alta Loma High School.
According to the organization, Jim returned to running after raising a great family and growing his career as an instructor in the aerospace industry. He quickly rediscovered the joy of healthy running…but not without a few missteps along the way.
“Even after I started running again, I still struggled with weight, motivation and some minor injuries.”
Running became more than a hobby; it turned into a quest for knowledge. The wide range of technical and sometimes conflicting terms only made things harder to understand. Even the experts lacked straight-forward answers to better form, faster running, and proven principles.
Since sorting through the volumes of information about running can be frustrating, Jim decided to apply his rare talent of interpreting technical information and turning it into easy-to-understand terms.
“Once I figured out how it worked, I knew what I had to do”.
After his first, albeit slow, 5 hour 35 minute full marathon in Honolulu in 2008, he started applying his newfound knowledge for steady improvements. Training smarter has allowed him to achieve impressive times, even winning a marathon in his age-group with a much improved 3 hour 34 minute finish, qualifying him to enter and race with the best-of-the-best at the 2016 Boston Marathon.
I admire Jim’s passion for running and his passion for remembering those gave the ultimate sacrifice on that day in September. Thank you Jim for bringing awareness and promoting social good in your community. For more information about Jim Partridge and the runners he supports, visit www.runnershigh.com
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