Man with Down's Syndrome Participates in New York Marathon Run by Jesus

48-year-old Jimmy Jenson was helped by the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation

By Raluca Anghel on November 5th, 2013 15:53 GMT

Jesus was not the only one participating in this year's New York Marathon. The 26.2-mile race in NYC was also run by a man with Down's syndrome.

48-year-old Jimmy Jenson took more than eight hours to complete the Manhattan course, but he made it in the books as the only person with Down's syndrome to do so.

Jenson lives in an assisted care facility. Ten years ago, he spoke to his roommate about taking part in the 5K. He was helped by Best Buddies to enter this year.

The non-profit organization aims to have people with intellectual and developmental disabilities be included in activities such as this one.

They partnered up with the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, where coordinator Jennifer Davis trained with him for short-distance runs. The training has helped Jenson interact more with others and shed 69 pounds (32 kg).

“I was able to help Jimmy become more active, get in the community, lose weight, and tie his shoes,” Davis describes for HuffPost.

A man dressed like Jesus also took part in the marathon, and he has been identified as a NYC photographer.
Jimmy Jenson finished the New York Marathon
   Jimmy Jenson finished the New York Marathon
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