Team Jessica is running in honor of Jessica Rekos, one of the 6-year-old victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Many of our team members grew up in Newtown with Jessica’s parents, Rich and Krista. We all graduated high school in the same class and despite the fact that many of our closest high school friends scattered throughout the country, Rich and Krista decided to keep Newtown as their home. Of our close circle of high school friends, Jessica was the first child – so she holds a very special place in all our hearts. The events of 12/14 caused many of us to be drawn closer to our town and to rally to the support of our lifelong friends as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy.
The idea to run the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay was born out of the fact that the Rekos family had vacationed on the Cape the previous summer – and Jessica loved it. She had made her parents promise to take her there on vacation every summer, and who were they to argue? In Krista’s own words, her baby girl “ruled the roost” – so summer vacations in Cape Cod it would be. And while Jessica can’t enjoy the Cape the same way that she did last summer, it is the intention of Team Jessica to bring her there in spirit as we run the race in her honor.
Our fundraising effort is to help raise awareness for another love of Jessica’s – whales. We are currently working with various marine mammal institutions and advocacy groups on the Cape to find and establish an appropriate way to memorialize Jessica in a meaningful way. We hope that announcement can be made prior to the race – and we are inching closer to a decision in this regard, one that we are very excited about.
We have a team that is a healthy mix of experienced competitive runners and absolute novices. Friends from high school and their wives and husbands. Friends we’ve made through our jobs and walks of life other than Newtown. But we are most proud to have Jessica’s daddy Rich as a member of our team. Our sole intention is to run for our friends, their little girl and her memory.
Anybody seeking information on our cause can visit www.teamjessicarekos.org for more information, and any member of our team can be contacted and will either help you or advise you on the proper person to speak with. We would be very interested in speaking with people who will have information about how we can advance our fundraising efforts and spread our story and Jessica’s story to the other teams and the locals as they cheer us on.
Thank you very much.
Team Jessica Rekos