My name is Brian Thomas. I am a teacher, coach, father, surfer, husband, trainer, and student on an almost daily basis. I am also a runner. I have been Running since i was Fourteen years old. Back then I ran to get in better shape for wrestling and cross country. In college i started running marathons. I loved it! When i finished college I ran across the country (Michigan to Florida: 1207 miles) to raise awareness and funds for Children with Cerebral Palsy. It was a life changing experience. I thought i was done.
Four years ago two of my Middle school track athletes, who i told this cross country run story to, asked me if I would train them to do the same thing. Brandon And Ramiro have been a part of my life for the last four years in a way that most only understand with their own children. They asked to be trained so I gave them a check list; They can not run until they graduate high school. They have to be set up to go to college. They must be involved in the school community. They must run a 5k, 10k, 13.1 miler, and a 26.2 miler (marathon) before the run. And they must come up with a charity to donate funds to.
We have been training a long time. The Road Warriors have traveled to the Keys, North Carolina, and Michigan to do races like the Great Lakes Relay, The Keys 100 miler, The Palm 100 miler, Hell 50, The Palm Beach Marathon, and the Work Smart. Play Hard. half marathon. They boys have learned about michigan history and the pain of the Porcupine Mountains and they have kayaked in the keys after a 20 mile day. They are stronger than i every imagined and they have become a part of my family.
The Road Warriors are less than four months away from running 1800 miles, relay style, up to my home state of MI. The world needs heroes and these boys want to be your heroes. Help me help them fund an 1800 mile run from Florida to Michigan and I promise you that every cent after the amount needed to run the distance will go cancer awareness. The Road Warriors run June 9th and we end up in Lake Orion, Michigan on July 4th. Help me pay it forward.