My Why: Bobby Bruning

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on May 14, 2021 # Team Reeve, My Why

On Sunday, October 10, 2021, Team Reeve will take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! 2019 was a record-breaking year for Team Reeve Chicago, raising over $100,000 for paralysis research! We want to continue the momentum for 2021!

By Guest Blogger Bobby Bruning

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I first heard about Team Reeve after my little brother's injury in 2013. Since that time, I have not come across a stronger advocate or a more thorough and supportive resource for those living with paralysis than the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. I feel honored to run with Team Reeve across my chest and will continue to support their incredibly impactful mission in any way I can.

How will you train for this year's marathon after the pandemic?

One of Team Reeve's most valuable resources is Coach Mark, who always helps and motivates me. He is a master at motivating the team and always pushes us to get out of our comfort zone both in training and fundraising. He always assists me with putting a realistic running plan into place. This plan ensures that I'll be ready on race day. Once we have our plan in place, I will likely spend most of my training running up and down the Chicago lakeshore (my favorite route) with a couple of half marathons mixed in throughout the training period to get the real race feel.

What are you looking forward to most about being back?

2020 was a crazy year where we all had to live with much less human interaction than normal. Team Reeve does a fantastic job organizing the runners and facilitating the team events, so I am looking forward to the team aspects of training, fundraising, racing, and celebrating. Hearing everyone's personal stories and motivations to compete/fundraise inspires me to push my own goals and continue furthering the Foundation's mission.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.