Warren Airmen run for AFGSC

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  • By Airman 1st Class Malcolm Mayfield
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
Every year thousands of people gather at the National Museum of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for the annual Air Force Marathon. Two of those runners traveled from Warren and represent the base and Air Force Global Strike Command.

1st Lt. Brian Norton, 319th Missile Combat Crew commander, and Tech. Sgt. Curnita Brisby, First-Term Airman Center NCO in charge, competed in the Men's Half Marathon and Women's Half Marathon respectively.

"This sounded like a great opportunity," Norton said. "I thought it would be a really cool experience just to go out there and see the beautiful course."

The course spanned a large portion of Wright-Patterson and was lined with spectators

"The Air Force Marathon has a ton of crowd support that goes out and is cheering for you the entire way," Norton said.

Both competitors from Warren have experience as runners from their youth.

Norton has two full marathons under his belt. His last one was the Boston Marathon, one of the oldest continuously running marathons.

"Boston was great," he added. "It was where I went to college, so all my friends were there."

Friends and family can be a great motivator for many runners as it is for Brisby.

"The friend that inspired me to start running passed away this year," Brisby said. "It was the day after he and I were talking about my distance running because I had just started picking up steam."

She began to recall her friend's roll in motivating her to tackle this run.

"He was like, 'You've got heart, you're good at this you love running you can do it,' and the next day he was gone," she said. "Before I found out he passed, I was motivated, but once he passed I was definitely seeing this all the way through."

Also in Brisby's corner is Joy Brisby, 6, her daughter.

"I love running with her and I love that she enjoys running," she said. It's like our mommy-and-me thing."

Norton and Brisby said that this type of activity should be shared with others, but marathons are not the only option.

"Anything you feel could push yourself, that's something that anyone will get a positive experience out of," Norton said. "People should just get out there and push themselves."
Both Norton and Brisby completed their races and are awaiting the Major Command Challenge scores to be released.