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Mentors, Motivators, and Inspirations: Sid Busch

Saturday, October 24, 2015
"I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all."
- The U.S. Navy's Sailors Creed
It is one week since the Baltimore Running Festival and if you asked me who the first place runners were, I couldn't tell you. However, the last marathon runner is a much different story.

The last runner was Sid Busch, a Retired Navy Senior Chief that has been dedicating marathons to fallen soldiers since 2001.

At the age of 69, Sid embarked on his 200th marathon, a feat that I couldn't even fathom. I had the honor and privilege of meeting Sid at the Expo the day before the race. In the short time we talked, I learned that Sid was running in honor of not one but two soldiers: U.S. Marine Cpl. Bradley T. Arms (KIA 2004), and Sgt. Brian Theiobold, (KIA July 2015.) For Sid, these races were more than recreation, they were his mission; his passion. He wanted to further illuminate these bright souls that died well before their times. He wanted to draw attention to something that is often taken for granted; FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

This is why, at the end of our half marathon, we changed, grabbed flags, and retraced the marathon race course to find Sid. 

It was a finish unlike any other. A finish that took a village. The Baltimore City Police rallied together, clearing his way. Few runners can lay claim to a police escort for their run and far fewer can say they were being cheered on from a Police helicopter with a, "Sid Bush - YOU are almost there." 

We dropped in behind the pack around mile 25 and at 26 we shot ahead with other flag bearers and the Baltimore Police to flank the finish area and welcome Sid home. Upon his approach, tears streamed as we witnessed a true Patriot finish this days mission.
No, I can not tell you who the first finisher was of the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon but I can tell you about Sid Bush, the full embodiment of the U.S. Navy's Sailor's Creed; the "Fighting Spirit of the U.S. Navy.

I'll be looking forward to seeing Sid on the course tomorrow, at the 40th Marine Corps Marathon.


4 comments on "Mentors, Motivators, and Inspirations: Sid Busch"
  1. Dave Berdan was the first finisher again this year, but I think we can all agree that Sid won the marathon.

    1. Tony, you are so right; Sid was the real winner.

  2. Love this! I met Sid at the 2015 Shamrock here in Virginia Beach, and quickly became fast friends with him. He such an amazing person!

    1. Thank you! Sid is definitely amazing. I kept him in mind during the Marine Corp Marathon, especially when it was hard and I wanted to quit.