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Ever since high school, Jackie Henderson loved long distance running. Now a talented and gifted teacher with the West Liberty Community School District, Henderson has kept her passion for running alive. Recently, Henderson and her son Elliot completed the prestigious London Marathon. This achievement represents the duo’s larger goal to finish the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) challenge.
Henderson began running marathons on a whim twenty years ago. After finishing her first Quad Cities Marathon, she found she enjoyed the challenge. Since then, she ran the Quad Cities Marathon again, nine Chicago Marathons, and the New York City Marathon.
Recently, Elliot told Henderson about the AWMM challenge, which involves running in the six most prestigious marathons in the world, the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York City, and Tokyo Marathons and pointed out they had already completed two of them. From there, the pair decided to take the challenge and got to work entering the London Marathon.
After securing their spots in this exceptionally competitive race (414,168 people applied for its 42,906 available openings) Henderson shared she and her son had a once in a lifetime experience. “Running this marathon was so thrilling! To be able to experience London for my first time ever by running the streets of this great city was so special. . .. I really enjoyed the opportunity to run this race with my son and have my husband, Scott, and daughter, Mylei, there cheering us on.”
As Henderson and Elliot prepare to run the Berlin Marathon in September, she encourages any young runners curious about running marathons to get out there and try one. “Find something you enjoy. Running is my thing, and then find ways to keep it challenging. I love that a marathon tests your mind, body, and soul.”

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