In the summer of 2011, a sophomore at Benilde-St. Margaret, Mack Nevells played baseball on the St. Louis Park traveling team and formed a close friendship with his teammate Jack Jablonski.
When Jablonski sustained a serious spinal cord injury during a hockey game that December, Nevells knew he wanted to do something.
After talking to his cross country coach, Mark Snell, he decided to hold a 5K race fundraiser in support of his teammate and others with spinal cord injuries. (They decided to put the fundraiser on hold for a while since there was so much attention in the months after Jablonski’s injury.)
This Sunday, Sept. 15, Nevells—with his father, Tracy—are organizing a race at Wolfe Park in coordination with the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation, named after Jablonski’s jersey No. 13.
Nevells has recruited about 30 of his cross country teammates to volunteer at and participate in the race. Nevells and Jablonski are both seniors this year.
The race will start at 8 a.m. and cost $25 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. All participants receive a t-shirt and, after the run, are encouraged to attend Benile’s homecoming mass at 10 a.m. and pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon.Participants can register online. Those interested in partnering with the Nevells on the event can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.