(April 23, 2014) -- Jason “J-Mac” McElwain, a 25-year-old hoops star with autism, added another accomplishent to his resume when he completed the 2014 Boston Marathon race on Monday. Jason, who had only run two previous marathons, finished the 26-mile race in 2:57:05, beating his goal of 3:10:00.
Jason said of running in the race “The enthusiasm of Boston was just unbelievable. The City embraces the marathon. People were screaming at every mile. It was an unbelievable experience.
Eight years ago, Jason’s story made waves across the country when he scored 20 points in 4 minutes for his last and only varsity basketball game for Greece Athena High School. Jason tied a school record for most three pointers made in a game with 6. His heroics won an ESPY Award from ESPN for Best Moment in Sports in 2006.
Jason’s message to kids with autism through his accomplishments: “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it.”