Brucker runs in marathon to fund raise for Family Centers

Family Centers’ Bill Brucker was a marathon man recently to raise money for charity.

Family Centers’ Bill Brucker was a marathon man recently to raise money for charity.

Greenwich- based Family Centers’ Communication Director Bill Brucker has combined fitness and charity with ease.

For the third consecutive year, he competed in a Washington, D.C., marathon to raise funds for the organization.

In preparation, he logged countless miles in hopes of running a good race, but Mr. Brucker, a Stamford resident, also aimed to help Fairfield County’s most vulnerable children in the process.

Leading up to the 2014 Rock ‘n Roll USA Marathon in D.C. on March 15, Mr. Brucker collected nearly $3,000 in donations to help Family Centers offer preschool scholarships to local children. Since starting marathon running in 2012, he has raised almost $9,000 for the agency.

“Running can be a very solitary sport,” Mr. Brucker said. “I do most of my training runs alone, and race results don’t mean much to anyone other than me. Knowing that I’m helping Family Centers give young kids the preschool education they deserve keeps me motivated, and gives these races a greater sense of purpose.”

This year, Mr. Brucker completed the 26.2-mile marathon course in a personal best time of 3:25:42, placing 207 out of a field of 2734 marathon runners and more than 23,000 half-marathon participants. The Rock n’ Roll USA Marathon is one of the country’s largest running events.

The scenic course takes runners past such iconic national landmarks as the Washington Monument, White House, Smithsonian Institution and Lincoln Memorial.

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