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Stamford Runner Runs DC Marathon to Raise Funds for Family Centers

Family Centers’ Communications Director Bill Brucker completed the 26.2-mile marathon


For the third consecutive year, Family Centers’ Communications Director Bill Brucker endured the sub-zero temperatures and unpredictable weather often associated with Connecticut’s winters to train for a spring marathon. And while he logged all those miles in hopes of running a good race, Brucker also aimed to help Fairfield County’s most vulnerable children in the process.
Leading up to the 2014 Rock ‘n Roll USA Marathon on March 15, 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.Bill Brucker in the Rock n' Roll USA Marathon
“Running can be a very solitary sport,” 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.”
Brucker, of Stamford, 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. Held in Washington, D.C., 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 Institute and Lincoln Monument.
Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 2,400 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and the Alliance for Children and Families and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Children and Families. Visit familycenters.org or facebook.com/familycentersinc for additional information.