Remember a few months back when I posted about how Hollywood is making stupid people famous for doing absolutely NOTHING? The post, Real Stars vs. Fake Stars was written about my friend Holly. Lots of you had lots of really nice things to say. I like writing posts like that, where attention is brought to someone who does good things for others, as opposed to doing nothing worthwhile for anyone but themselves.
Today I'm writing about a guy who is amazing, who does amazing things and seeks nothing in return. No glory, no press, no accolades. He does what he does simply because he wants to.
His name is Sid Busch. Sid is a runner, a marathoner, and to me, a hell of a guy. See, Sid doesn't just run half marathons and full marathons because he likes the bling. Now, I'll admit, the bling is cool. But Sid doesn't keep the bling for himself. Crazy, right? No, here's what Sid does. He runs in memory of a soldier or sailor who has been killed in action. He usually carries with him a picture of the person for whom he's running. And he carries an American flag for the entire race. When he crosses the finish line, he receives the medal for the race. But he doesn't keep the medal, instead he presents the medal to the fallen soldier or sailor's family. They sometimes travel to Arlington and place the medal on the soldier's headstone. This is one of the most selfless, compassionate things I've ever heard of.
Sid has run 199 FULL marathons. That's 5214 miles. Let that sit in your brain for a few minutes. That's the equivalent of running in a straight line from Atlantic City to San Francisco and back again. Mind = blown.
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I asked. Sid answered.
Me: Where were you born?
Sid: I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
Me: You were in the Navy right?
Sid: I served in the Navy for 26 years. I was a Senior Chief Sonar Tech on subs.
Me: What kind of work do you do now? How do they feel about what you do? Are they flexible with your race schedule?
Sid: I work nights 4 days a week. I drive a truck for the Post and Courier and deliver the newspapers to the carriers so they can sort and deliver them. It's flexible so I can attend my races.
Me: Do you just run races in the eastern part of the country? How far have you traveled for races?
Sid: I drive now to races, saves money, and I can pack more than with flying. I have run all over the world. Furthest was ROTA RUA NEW ZEALAND
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Sid: I have a list of 5 favorites (including ties)
Air Force and Marine Corps Marathons
New York Marathon
Little Rock Marathon
Disney World Marathon
Me: Do you remember your first marathon? Do you still have your first medal?
Sid: My first marathon was at the Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA. It was 2 loops of the base. The medal was lost when I transferred.
(editors note: I would LOVE to find out if it's possible to find the medal for this race!!!)
Me: What's the reason that you do what you do?
Sid: WOW, this is a hard question. I do what I do because I have to do something more than pay lip service to those young men who have given the ultimate sacrifice to let me live in a free country. I want their families to know that their loss has not gone unnoticed. I also do this to ease my guilt that I got too old to serve.
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Sid: The response is amazing. I have been adopted by these families, and have been treated like a member of the family.
I want to say 'Thank you' to Sid for taking the time to answer my questions, for allowing me to introduce him to you all and for doing what he does for those who can no longer run. Sid's not looking for attention, or praise. He's just a good guy doing his thing his way. And I'm proud to know him.
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Thanks Sid, and for crying out loud, stay hydrated!