Brian Smith - Manchester, New
Big Man Run XVII - 2012
July 21, 2013
Trinity grad to return to Manchester for ‘Fun
MANCHESTER -- BRIAN SMITH joined
his family and friends at Lake
Winnipesaukee this past weekend, as he
has for years, but the 6-foot former
marathoner now has to watch from shore
when everyone else boards the boats to
go out on the lake.
The 1983 Trinity High School graduate,
who played football and rugby and worked
as a construction equipment broker, was
always in the midst of the action.
Until last Aug. 18, when he took one
last dive off the boat and broke his
brother-in-law, Manchester Fire
Department Lt. Glenn Jette, said no one
noticed Smith go off the boat and he
could have drowned.
miracle,” said Jette,
that somehow Smith
was able to make it
to the side of the
boat. But Smith
didn’t look good, so
Jette asked: “Are
you OK? Do you want
Daren, and a
half-dozen others in
the group with
medical or EMT
working on him. The
back-boarded him for
The 48-year-old is
paralysis of arms
and legs. He now
lives in Arlington,
Mass., in an
apartment that is
attendant comes in
daily to help.
But the man who ran
Marathons — five to
raise money for the
Jimmy Fund to
with cancer — isn’t
willing to settle.
He’s determined to
He intends to get
back on his feet.
Smith will be in
Manchester for a
special race this
Aug. 18, exactly a
year after his
accident, when his
friends hold a “Fun
Run” to help with
Organized by Kevin
Comerford, a friend
since high school at
Park, is a chance to
support Smith and
efforts to regain
After three months
in an induced coma
and many more months
of physical and
believes he can make
more progress toward
“I’m moving my foot
a little bit,” he
said. He has some
feeling in his
Smith has been doing rehab with victims from the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Spaulding Rehab in Boston asked me to be a spinal cord injury mentor to patients at the hospital, which I gladly accepted,” he said.
But he is now focused on getting therapy at a nonprofit organization called Journey Forward in Canton, Mass. The program is not covered by insurance, but Smith said it is his best chance of continuing to improve mobility.
Instead of helping him adjust to life in a chair, he said, the goal at Journey Forward is to help him get out of it. Hand cycles and stand-up frames, electrical stimulation and other techniques are part of the program.
“It’s all about keeping the bone density up,” said the man who once ran as what he called a “Clydesdale,” a running category for big, bulky guys.
Daren Smith said his big brother was always a runner, trying to stay in shape. “That day ... of the injury, he ran up a big hill,” said Daren Smith.
The Aug. 18 event is planned as more than just a run/walk benefit for “Bubba.” It’s meant to be a social event as well. Everyone is invited to return to the school afterward to enjoy music, food and other refreshments, including beverages that can be brought by those taking part in the event.
The first 200 runners to register will receive a T-shirt. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Trinity HIgh School, 581 Bridge St., and the race begins promptly at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The route starts and finishes at the Bridge Street entrance to Derryfield Park, across from Trinity, and loops around to Belmont Street and back, a total of 2.7 miles.
The requested donation is $30, with checks made payable to the “Brian Smith Friendship Fund.”
"Where Are They Now"
Clydesdale of the Times!!
You could debate all day long who
"The Man" is and maybe we will some day...Big Men spend less time talkin'
about this crap since they would rather spend the time chasin' the ladies
and drinking beer but it does go without question that Ron Cavage is in the
top 5 nationally and if you got ole Papa Clyde a slice of pizza and a cold
Smithwicks some day you might get him to say when no one is lookin and a
tape recorder isn't in front of him that the self dubbed "Clydesdale King"
on a good day could whup anyone and I mean anyone within the World of
Clydism...he's won races outright with good competition like the Eastham 5
Miler back in the early mid 90's....he's won
Big Man Run II when it
wasn't the novelty that it has become and knowing him like I do, I'll have
30 other accomplishments in my "in-box" by the end of the day and they will
"Savage Cavage" as some like to call him cause he can cut a man up with his
literary pen like no other, has run the Pittsburgh Marathon in a time of
2:32 at a time when he may not have qualified for Clydesdale status but when
he did he still brought that incredible speed with him as he moved up within
the clydie divisions - Roberto Duran never brought the "Hands of Stone" with
him when he moved up...the "Clydesdale King" did!!!
Ronald is in semi-retirement these days..the stock market, wild women, cold
Tecates, 50ism and many miles have eased the winning desire's yet he still
ventures East once a year to hang with the "Boys of Summer" at the annual
right of passage for all up and coming Clydies...the
"Big Man Run"
Ken Yanowski - note the original
Clydesdale Runners Association race tank
Ken has been involved in the
Clydesdale scene longer than any cat out there..before there was a
Methuselah, Metamusil or Busch Beer were available!! Yes folks a long time!!
Mr. Yanowski as they call him in Bremond, Texas has been at the forefront of
the Clydesdale Movement since
it's begining in the early 80's when Joe Law
started it all being an early member of the Clydesdale Runners Association
and now USA Clydesdale & Filly Racing Federation
He has undoubtedly been the best C190-210 ever, ruling the division with
iron legs for 20+ years..a record
better than Joe Louis, Larry Holmes, Sugar
Ray Robinson or Cassius Clay could have ever imagined!!!
He is the only man to have run two of the greatest Clydie races ever - Hubba
Bubba & Big Man Run, winning the
Hubba Bubba back in the 80's and placing
high at Big Man Run IX & X..always taking on cats 10-20 years younger than
Ken is still active with the Terlingua Track Club and even tho age has
shaved a second or two off of his best times..he still
trains as if he was
20 years old and he can still win the race!!
Full-Time Fall River,
Massachusetts Police Officer, Husband, Dad and
Part-Time Clydesdale -
Bruce Tavares of
Somerset, Massachusetts is
still pretty active but he is often found at a road race honoring the police
and he stays close to home....like Full-Time Husbands & Dad's should!!!
Bruce is the former Race Director of the Officer Thomas Guinta 5Km held each
year in Fall River...but he is still very
passionate about it and it is a
race that ole Papa Clyde highly recommends!!! Above, Bruce finds himself
hanging out with another area
Big Man...Famed Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant!!
Louieeee, Brucieee, Louieeee, Brucieeeee!!
You have to have high respect for a lad who races every race like it was the
last one and still has loads of time to be a
Full-Time Husband & Dad as well
be able to enjoy life to the max like he evidently is up above:>)
Glenn O'Connor of Milford,
Massachusetts via Watertown, Massachusetts and lastly Arlington,
before his mother kicked him out and it was time to move in
with his future wife Kim.
an original "Founding Father" of the World Famous "Big Man Run"......as seen
above racing in his last Big Man Run in 2003
Another Clydesdale aka Batchelor around town has fallen to the joys of
family & husbandhood and with a new home
in the "burbs" - he now races
sporadically which is a long ways away from when he was active on the racing
Glenn O'Connor is our new
"Where Are They Now"
2005 New Charles River Run 5Km
Ford 5 Miler
(PC even ran this one)
Powderhouse Pub 4 Miler (PC even ran this one)
Khoury's Summer Steamer
of Flowers (this race sucked)
1998 Cape Ann
Cambridge 5Km Classic
Derek Mess of Cambridge,
Massachusetts and one of the original Founding
Fathers of the World Famous "Big Man Run"......is seen above in a very rare
at last years
Ras na hEireann U.S.A. 5Km
in Somerville, Massachusetts!!
Derek was unbeatable in his day and I mean unbeatable in his division!!
1996 - Big Man Run I
1997 - Big Man Run II
Khoury's Summer Steamer
2004 - Ras na hEireann U.S.A.
Injuries, Family Commitments, Injuries have slowed him down a wee bit and he
no longer hits the circuit like he used to but he is fondly remembered over
at USACFRF Command
Headquarters and this months "Where Are They Now"
spotlight is on the man
utop Mt. Triumph
Rich Saxby of
Baldwinville, New York
A Clydes's kinda Clyde....a guy you would want watchin' your back...during
never in a road race cause he surely would overcome you if you
gave an inch....heart of gold,
steel determination and the friendliness
associated with those who live in a rural setting!!
Rich is our "Where Are They Now" Clydesdale of the summer..call home Rich..
Rich Saxby on
Biography Channel tonight:>)
Jodi-lyn Couture of Leominster, Massachusetts
Jodi-lyn Couture was in a class
of her own when it came to the ladies....she was unbeatable at the long
most particular the marathon and any local marathon that had the filly
divisions..and she not only dominated the marathon and other long
races but she also could hold her own in a short distance race like the
Dee Zuccaro 5Km in Somerville, Massachusetts!!
Jodi-lyn Couture is
pictured above receiving her Filly 140+ Open & OVERALL WOMEN'S winner
bouquet at the
1999 Dee Zuccaro 5Km:>)
Jodi-lyn has not been heard from since 2000 and
it has been said that she has hung up her racing sneaks
and is hiding out in
Central Massachusetts and retired from competitive running.
- 1998 Big Man Run III Winner
Vinnie as he was known to the
lads and Vince to the lasses was the "Jim Rice"
of his time as he ruled the New England Clydesdale scene for but a brief shining moment !!
the 1st true Multi-Sport Superstar in New England to hang his hat with USACFRRF