Jim Lynch made his debut on a cold, wintery day in March of 1957, in Erie, Pennsylvania. The youngest of five siblings, his father was a salesman; his mother a nurse. His world was rocked when his father died suddenly when he was ten; and shattered when his mother died right after he graduated from high school. Jim Lynch was literally on his own.
Lacking a formal college degree, Jim realized he needed to work harder and smarter to stay ahead of the tremendous competition in the corporate world. Taking on several menial jobs in the late 70s and early 80s, his path finally led to a thriving career in the cable television industry. He credits that his common sense, work ethic, respect of people and some divine guidance opened doors and provided the breaks needed to advance.
Jim’s motto: There are definitely no coincidences.
Jim grew up as a non-jock—almost anything sports-related was alien to him, and his body. It wasn’t until the 80s that he discovered running through his role model and older brother. In a personal challenge from him, Jim trained for his first marathon, completing it in Los Angeles in March of 1989.
In Jim’s words:
Experiencing the pain of loss puts up an internal barrier which resulted in being alone throughout my life. When you run, you are alone with yourself; you find out what you are made of and become a true champion to yourself. It was a perfect fit.
Life has not always been as easy for Jim Lynch. After a series of devastating personal and professional low points, Jim’s friends, family, and what Jim feels was divine guidance, got him back on his feet. He vowed to never get to that low point again in his life. From that time on, things changed tremendously.
Moving to Denver, Colorado, in 1995, Jim advanced in his career and ultimately left the internal corporate world to start his own successful consulting business. Again, with some divine guidance, he met the love of his life, Debbie, whom he married in 2001.
Since his first marathon in 1989, he has completed a marathon in all 50 states, and now has reached his goal of 100 marathons. Though Jim has now retired from marathons, he will still compete in half-marathons, 10K and 5K’s. He hopes to continue to inspire runners with his running accomplishments, and continues to be inspired by the accomplishments of others.
He is now sharing his life stories and how running defined him in his upcoming and anticipated book, One Foot in Front of the Other, which will be published in 2014. His hope is that this book will inspire and motivate, and allow others to reflect a little and become a champion in their own life.
Jim resides in Kihei, Hawaii with his beautiful wife Debbie.