Bryan Fisher, Center Right
Ever wonder who’s standing next to you in your corral at the start line, or cheering you on when you’re about to give up during a race? As runners we all have a story, a motivation to run whether it’s a personal challenge, to stay fit, bond with friends, raise money for charity, or work through a difficult time.
“It was a complete shock,” says Bryan Fisher of Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a Friday night in August 2013 when he got a call from his brother. Out to dinner with his wife, he ignored the call. His mom texted him next.
“Call your brother back,” she said.
Bryan’s father Steve had died of a sudden heart attack. He was gone, at just 58 years old.
“I instantly went numb and the next few days were a blur. I couldn’t believe it,” he says. Bryan was left to remember the man who despite his 12 hour days working in a factory, never missed one of his sons’ games. The man whose lessons he still uses every day.
As a member of a local running club in Charlotte, Bryan had recently discovered that he was a pretty good runner. The club helped him push farther and faster each week. These days, running is a time to revisit his memories of his father.
“I fell in love with running because it gives me time to clear my head of the day’s stresses, push myself and surprise myself at what I’m capable of achieving. Since my dad passed away, I find myself thinking of him often during my runs. It’s funny the little things that I see and hear while running that remind me of him: an Ohio State sticker on a car whizzing by, hearing Aerosmith blaring out of a local pub.”
Three months after his father’s passing, Bryan ran an 8K Turkey Trot.
“I found myself thinking about him a lot during the race, tearing up the entire way. I think he was there watching over me that day, giving me the extra strength to finish with my best time ever. “
Bryan’s dad will surely be there on Sunday, April 13, as Bryan completes his very first half marathon at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation. He will be running not just for himself, but for every family affected by heart disease. He has raised nearly $1,000 for the American Heart Association.
“I know he’d be pleased that my run will support others in this fight,” he says. “Dad was never one to look for personal attention but I know he’d be proud that I’m doing this in his honor and his memory. Cherish the times you have with loved ones, stay in touch, and don’t sweat the little things. Life is too short.”
To contribute or learn more about Bryan’s fundraising efforts, please visit http://dedicatemyrun.com/runners/profile/bjfisher
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