Jamie Watts is a runner in the Washington D.C. metro area. One thing that makes Jamie unique is that she developed a passion for running, while living with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. This type of cerebral palsy primarily impacts Jamie's legs while creating challenges with balance, coordination, and muscle tone and strength. Jamie began running to get healthy and prepare for a trip to Italy in 2012. That same year she completed her first road race, the Gender Defender, which is part of the Marine Corps Marathon Event Series.
Jamie went on to continue racing, and in 2014 she set a personal goal to run 34 races between her 33rd and 34th birthdays. She accomplished and surpassed this goal by participating in 40 races during the year, predominately located in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, including the George Washington Parkway Classic, a ten-mile race organized by Pacers Running. Between her 34th and 35th birthdays, she went on to run 35 more races, including the completion of her first half marathon, the Marine Corps Historic Half, on May 15, 2016 with a time of 7:53:04. Jamie completed the Marine Corps Historic Half again in 2017, improving her time by just under one hour, with a time of 6:54:34. Jamie reached another personal milestone when she completed 36 races by her 36th birthday, culminating with the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon.