Marathon Mania

History, cross country coach Mr. Brunswig runs his first Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the number one marathon in the nation. Thousands of people from all over the world go to Boston for the famous marathon. History teacher and cross country coach Mr. Bryce Brunswig was one of those thousands in the 2022 marathon.
“I think the whole track team is just really proud that a teacher from our school got into the Boston marathon,” freshman Grace Schwaninger said. “I heard the race is very difficult and it is really hard to get into so we are all just really impressed.”
The Boston Marathon takes place every year on the third Monday in April. The competitors arrive at the race early in the morning. The competitors are put into their groups. The race officially starts at 9:30 a.m. where the duos will start. This year the marathon started with 25,314 people. Although there are many people in the marathon, earning a spot to run is extremely difficult.
“In order to run the Boston Marathon, because it’s one of the most popular marathons to run in the world, you have to be at least 18 years old,” Mr. Brunswig said. “ Based on your age range and gender they have a qualifying time that you have to make.”
Before being accepted into the Boston Marathon, the runners have to complete a marathon with a certain qualifying time. If they make the time, the runners can submit an application. Brunswig ran the 2021 Lincoln Marathon with the qualifying time for his gender and age group to meet the requirements of the application. Brunswig inspires most of his athletes that he coaches.
“He helps me a lot with running and I think all of his students and athletes are just really proud of him,” freshman Maddox Archuleta said. “He supports us and pushes us to be the best we can be and I think one day I might run the Boston Marathon because of him.”
Mr. Brunswig met many people during the race from all over the world; he connected with them and their passion for running. Mr. Brunswig finished in 2 hours and 58 minutes. Mr. Brunswig ran the whole time, and he finished 2,756 out of the 24,821 people that crossed the finish line.
“The sense of accomplishment once you’re done with the race is really difficult and hard,” Brunswig said. “I think we are put on this earth to try to challenge ourselves and try to make ourselves better whether it’s physically or mentally and I think that the sense of accomplishment was my favorite part.”