Reflections on the Portland Marathon 2009 for Team Parkinson

Team Zawacki participated in and successfully finished the Portland Marathon on October 4th, 2009 in support of Team Parkinson and Parkinson’s research and awareness.  Team Zawacki consisted of Carol (Zawacki) Norman, Mark Zawacki and Laura (Zawacki) James and they ran in honor of their mother, Jimmie Zawacki, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004. 

Originally, Team Zawacki set out with a goal of raising $3000 and exceeded that goal to raise a total of $4,584.  It only seemed fitting to complete a marathon on behalf of Parkinson’s research as Jimmie has spent many years, months, days and hours of her life hiking and walking including completing the Milford Sound Track in New Zealand (40 miles), an entire trek across England (196 miles), and she finished 375 miles of Colorado trail.  As part of their training, Team Zawacki ran over 2500 miles, raced in six 5ks, three 10ks and two half-marathons to prepare for the big day.  The weather on race day was a near perfect 50 degrees and partly cloudy at the 7am race start.   Travelling from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Team Zawacki was cheered on by Bob Zawacki (father) and Jimmie Zawacki.  Their dad, Bob, first ran the Boston Marathon in 1970 so I guess you could say marathoning has been in their genes for a long time!  In addition, their supporters included Lara Zawacki (spouse of Mark) and Lia Zawacki (daughter of Mark) who travelled in from San Jose, California.

The Portland marathon was a very well organized race at a fantastic location.  Team Zawacki was proud to honor their mom, support Team Parkinson and their incredible dedication to this cause, and finish a marathon all in the same day.


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