Lance's Journal: Grandson Pushes Grandpa In Marathon, May 2, 2014

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Many of John Jones' favorite childhood memories involve getting the chance to run with his grandpa.

From the age of five, young John of Lincoln would cherish ever step as he would pound the pavement with Grandpa John.

This coming Sunday, they'll be both take part in the 37th Lincoln Marathon...but in a delightfully unusual way.

John Jones Sr. of Wymore hadn't been running long before he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 48, "Running has been something that kept me through the MS problems."

In his first-ever 26 mile race, John Sr. competed in the New York City marathon at the age of 55, "That went well enough I did New York three times."

In the late 90's, John got a new running partner, his grandson John III. They shared the exact same name and the exact same desire for running. John III says, "I would do road races with my grandpa from about 5 or 6 years old."

Grandpa says, "He took a lot more steps than most people did. We had a lot of fun together."

Sadly, that fun ended 6 years ago when Grandpa John had a stroke.

John III wasn't about to let his grandpa's stroke keep them from having fun together.

On Sunday, this 21-year-old Nebraska Wesleyan runner will be using a push chair that Scheel's donated to him, to push his 74-year-old grandpa through the entire 26.2 mile Lincoln Marathon, "It started with my dad and he thought that'd be really cool and asked me if I would do it with the Wesleyan team where we would all push him a little bit and I told him, 'No, I'll do the whole thing myself.'"

John Sr. exclaims, "I'm stoked. I just don't want to crash."


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