This week it was announced that the Operation Jack Autism Foundation was shutting down after 12 years. And with that news and the financial realities that have affected race direceting as a result of the COVID pandemic, I have decided to retire the Operation Jack Northwest Run. It was an amazing ten years and we have whitnessed so many person running accomplishments and have raised over $10,000 to help those dealing with autism. To all the runners and volunteers that have participated in the race I thank you.

- Steve Walters (9/18/21)

In 2010, Sam Felsenfeld set out to run marathons as way to raise awareness and money for autism research in the name of his son Jack (who is severely autistic). Sam ran 61 marathons and raised about $100,000 for Train 4 Autism (an organization that helps raise money for various autism organizations). The final race of that year was on December 26 in Southern California. His supporters here in the Pacific Northwest held an event on the same day which was a 6.1 hour run (in honor of Sam's 61 marathons). It's called the Operation Jack Northwest Run. Join us and run one or as many miles as you want in this 6 hour event.

If you would like more information about Operation Jack and Samís journey, please visit his web site.

LOCATION: Sumerlake Park,11450 SW Winterlake Drive, Tigard, OR 97223

DISTANCE: 6 Hours, Marathon or Half Marathon
DATE: December 7, 2019
START TIME: 8:00am - NOTE: If you need more than 6 hours to run a marathon, we can arrange an early start.
END TIME: 2:00pm


6 Hour Run (open-Oct 14)$50.00 + processing fee [WITH SHIRT]
Marathon (open-Oct 14)$50.00 + processing fee [WITH SHIRT]
Half Marathon (open-Oct 14)$40.00 + processing fee [WITH SHIRT]
6 Hour Run (Oct 15-Nov 17)$60.00 + processing fee [WITH SHIRT]
Marathon (Oct 15-Nov 17)$60.00 + processing fee [WITH SHIRT]
Half Marathon (Oct 15-Nov 17)$50.00 + processing fee [WITH SHIRT]
6 Hour Run (Nov 18-race day)$50.00 + processing fee [NO SHIRT]
Marathon (Nov 18-race day)$50.00 + processing fee [NO SHIRT]
Half Marathon (Nov 18-race day)$40.00 + processing fee [NO SHIRT]

Since this is a fundraising event, runners are encouraged to make an additional donation at registration.

Each runner will recieve a tech shirt and a finisher's medal. The race will be capped at 100 runners. Tech shirts (Sport-Tek Shirt brand) are guaranteed for anyone registering before November 17.


You have three options: You can run a Marathon, Half Marathon or you can sign up for the 6 Hour Run/Marathon.

If you decide to run the half marathon, you will complete 14 loops around Summerlake Park. After which you are done.

If you decide to run the marathon, you will complete 28 loops around Summerlake Park. After which you are done.

If you decide to run the 6 hour run, you can run as much or as little as you want.

If you desire to run the marathon and need more than 6 hours. Let us know and we can arrange extra time for you.

If you register for the 6 hour run you will be asked to choose an option (YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RUN THE SELECTED DISTANCE, it just gives us an idea of how long people tend to run):

Short Distance (1-13 miles) = 1-13 loops
Half Marathon (13.1 miles) = 14 loops
Tweener (13.2-26.1 miles) = 15-27 loops
Marathon (26.2 miles) = 28 loops
Ultra-marathon (26.3+ miles) = 29+ loops

Results will be posted for the marathon, half marathon and for the overall distances.

Refunds will not be given for those who can't make it. If you can't make it, please consider your entry fee as a donation to the cause.


Shirts can be purchased if registering before November 17. You will have an option to choose between a men's version or women's version.

The shirts are a Sport-Tek Shirt. Sizing chart can be found here: Men's Sizing Chart, Womne's Sizing Chart


Packet pickup will be available on race morning Saturday, December 7 starting at 7am.
Running late? No worries you can start anytime you want within the 6 hours.


The course will be a 0.9375 mile loop around Summerlake Park. Each loop will start and stop at the covered area. A half marathon can be run by completing 14 laps. A marathon can be run by completing 28 laps. Course map:

This will not be a closed course. You will need to yield to other runners and walkers.


We will have a fully stocked aid station at the start/finish area. We will have plenty of water, Gatorade, chips, cookies, candy, fruit, etc.
NEW FOR 2018: In an effort to cut down on waste, we will have plastic cups and you will have a single cup to use for the day (we'll write your name on it). Please consider pring your own bottle/cup. No disposable paper cups will be used.


This event will will be chip timed by Huber Timing.


Each runner will recieve a finishers medal. There will also be a special award for the top male and female runners that run the most miles in the six hours. The top male and female in the half marathon and marathon will also recieve a special award.


2010 Results - WINNERS: Tim Cook (34.07 miles), Stephanie Duncan (30.29 miles)
2011 Results - WINNERS: Chris Thurley (40.85 miles), Stephanie Duncan (30.40 miles)
2012 Results - WINNERS: Zach Gingerich (45.60 miles), Melissa Fryback (34.20 miles)
2013 Results - WINNERS: Keith Shishido (39.38 miles), Amy Al-Khalisi (34.69 miles)
2014 Results - WINNERS: Zach Gingerich (44.06 miles), Megan Lacey (40.31 miles)
2015 Results - WINNERS: Zach Gingerich (44.06 miles), Heidi Cardoza (29.06 miles)
2016 Results - 6 HOUR WINNERS: Kevin Rutherford (34.69 miles), Bekki Manville (37.50 miles)
2017 Results - 6 HOUR WINNERS: David Hopper (40.31 miles), Eva Martushev (34.69 miles)
2018 Results - 6 HOUR WINNERS: Stuart Talbott (41.25 miles), Andrea Bernal (38.44 miles)
2019 Results - 6 HOUR WINNERS: Kevin Rutherford (38.44 miles), Ashley Nordell (41.25 miles)

Male = Zach Gingerich (45.60 miles, 2012)
Female = Ashley Nordell (41.25 miles, 2019)

2016 Results - HALF WINNERS: Antoine Black (1:54:33), Wendy Autencio-Brooker (2:01:27)
2017 Results - HALF WINNERS: Jeff Yeo (1:44:10), Anne Nguyen (1:54:42)
2018 Results - HALF WINNERS: Theron Kramer (1:27:21), Molly Krantz (1:53:25)
2019 Results - HALF WINNERS: Rafael Guevara (1:35:12), Wendes Gray (1:36:26)

2018 Results (Marathon finishers)
2019 Results (Marathon finishers)


There is a parking lot located on Winterlake Drive just past the covered area. There is also streetside parking.


We will have plenty of space for you to store your personal gear at the covered area. We will not be responsible for your personal items. That said please keep your valuables in your car.


December will likely be cold and possibly wet. The average high is 45 degrees and the average low is 35 degrees. So be prepared.


We could use a few volunteers to help man the aid station. If you can volunteer or will be bringing a volunteer please e-mail me at


Race Director: Steve Walters