Before the 44th annual Marine Corps Marathon, WTOP’s John Domen featured six runners and their stories. Here’s how they finished.
Marine Corps Marathon 2019 runners: How did they do?
October 27, 2019, 4:10 PM
Runner: Jorge Garcia
Garcia joined the Marines after a traumatic childhood where he lost his mother, and went in and out of foster care. “I guess you could say sometimes I’m running from my problems, but it gives me that opportunity to spend time with my mom and my thoughts — and my solitude. It gives me time to reflect on my past,” he told WTOP. Read his full profile.
Runner: Eric Bernard
Bernard ran the Marine Corps Marathon to honor T.J. Barbieri, a volunteer firefighter and soldier who was killed in action at the age of 23. “It’s all about remembering T.J. Barbieri,” Bernard told WTOP. Read his full profile.
Runner: Phil Pinti
Pinti used running as a way to cope after losing his wife, Jennifer, to cancer in 2016. “Any time I get myself prepared for this race I just know that she’s looking down and she realizes what it means to me,” said Pinti. Read his full profile.
Runner: Todd Gaddy
Gaddy ran the Marine Corps Marathon despite his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. “MS affects my pace but I can run farther than it,” he told WTOP in his profile.
Runner: Renee Brooks
This year’s Marine Corps Marathon was Brooks’ 23rd in a row. “It’s my destiny,” Brooks told WTOP in her profile.
Runner: Sid Busch
Sid Busch said he hurt his knee as he was heading to the event. So, he couldn’t run this year, and he was really disappointed. He said he plans to run it next year instead, if his body lets him, of course.
Busch has run more than 200 marathons honoring service members who were killed in action. “I have running shoes twice as old as these kids,” Busch told WTOP. Read his full profile.
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