After competing in more than 270 races, Lansing, IL, Letter Carrier Jamie Parks and his wife Lynn are about to dash into the record books.
On July 11, they will celebrate a milestone in their 25 years of running together.
The couple, who run up to 40 miles per week, will also log their 25,000th-mile — the equivalent of circling the Earth and possibly setting a Guinness world record.
It will be a short sprint in the couple’s inspiring journey.
Jamie, a 35-year USPS veteran, and Lynn have been together since 1985. Months before their wedding, Lynn suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident.
The injury limited her ability to walk and speak. The wedding was put on hold.
A grueling regime of physical rehabilitation followed. Years later, when Lynn fulfilled her goal of walking down the aisle, she and Jamie married.
Inspired by Lynn’s determination, Jamie, an avid runner, decided they should enter a race.
In 1991, he pushed his wife in a wheelchair during a 10K.
They’ve been running together ever since, completing marathons in Chicago, Boston and Toronto, often with their 17-year-old daughter, Annalyn.
Said Jamie: “We are a team.”