Marine Corps Marathon

  • Dates: 26 Oct, 2014
  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
At the beginning of 2010, we lost my father, John Brutkoski, less than a year after he began treatment for what eventually was diagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Dad approached his illness as he did everything in his life -- with practicality and determination, as anyone who saw him running his usual errands in our Vermont hometown or working in the garden with his portable oxygen tank slung over his shoulder could tell you.



My father's experience as an IPF patient taught me to treasure each healthy breath. Later that year, I hit the treadmill and the trail and marked out my fitness goals: first a 5K, then a 10K, then a 10-miler, then a half marathon, then a full. I've checked them all off the list but one: the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26.

As a teacher and student of history, my dad was always intrigued by the story of the very first marathoner in ancient Greece. (Yes, including the morbid ending.) But if anyone would believe I could run 26.2 miles WITHOUT keeling over, it would be John Brutkoski; in true proud-dad style, he pretty much thought I could do whatever I got it in my mind to do. So I in turn am proud to have come this far in his memory and to take the opportunity on this occasion to raise funds for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. 

To support my efforts please visit my First Giving page.

Thank you,
Donna Brutkoski
Burlington, VT


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