Autistic Basketball Hero Shines In Marathon

Jason McElwain hopes to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Photo: Fox Sports

He’s now eyeing Boston.

His friends call him “J-Mac”, but his real name is Jason McElwain. Six years ago, the then-high school student, who has autism, became famous for scoring twenty points in four minutes in a basketball game.

At the time, McElwain wasn’t playing on the team and had been an assistant manager.

Coach Jim Johnson decided to put McElwain in during the team’s final game of the season.

He didn’t realize what he was in for when McElwain nailed six three pointers in a span of four minutes.

“It was one of the best nights of my life, that changed everything,” McElwain recalled to CBS News in 2010.

But it turns out McElwain is also good at something else: running.

At last weekend’s Rochester Marathon, he clocked 3:01:41, which was good for 15th and qualifies him for the prestigious Boston Marathon–a race he is interested in running in 2014.

McElwain currently works as a supermarket baker.

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