Dear David, Rhonda and dedicated staff of the BCACD, and to all the volunteers –
My name is Shannon Tuch, and I recently completed the very well organized, and very beautiful, Peak to Creek marathon this last weekend. This is my third marathon, and while I was excited to try a course that might help me shave some minutes off my last marathon time, I chose the P2CM because I wanted to participate in a race that supported such a worthy cause and had personal meaning for me.
Days after registering for the P2CM in June, I learned that my brother Michael had tragically passed away after a 20+ year struggle with addiction, primarily alcohol. He died alone, shunning family and friends because of his disease. While he never explicitly stated so, I’m certain that he was ashamed and embarrassed of his inability to beat the disease – which is the most tragic part and what makes me the most sad. My brother was a good person, who never gave up trying to fight his addiction. Even after his condition had become so severe that he suffered from severe seizures, memory loss, disorientation and confusion, Michael never stopped trying to get sober. I admire my brother and am proud of him, and this is why I could not give up and stop running . . . even after that long descent caused my legs to cramp and my back to ache, I thought of my brother and his battle. If he didn’t give up, I wasn’t going to either.
Runners run for so many different reasons, but I wanted to let you know that at least for me, a recreational runner hoping to finish in less than 5 hours, that this race meant so much more than just achieving a simple fitness goal. I am extremely grateful to all of you for the work that you do and the decisions you have made to help other people. So, I wanted to take a moment and say “thank you” – our world is a better place because of you.
With great appreciation,
Shannon Tuch, Runner No. 363, Asheville, NCShare on Twitter Share on Facebook