Retired Chief Petty Officer Runs 200 Marathons and 600 Half Marathons in Honor of Fallen Heroes

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sid Busch attended George W. Wingate High School and then moved onto do two years of college at the Mannes College of Music.

It wasn’t until Feburary of 1965 where Sid decided to go to Sonar School in San Diego and join the U.S. Navy.

After graduation, Sid was put to the test with this first submarine, the USS BAYA AGSS 318. Feeling as if he needed more training, he went back to Sonar School in 1968 for more advanced training in Key West, Florida.

With all of the training, he served on two diesel subs, two nuclear fast attacks, and a whopping seven Ballistic Missile Subs. His impressive service landed him as a Senior Petty Officer in Charleston, South Caroline where he decided to retire in May of 1991.

Since his retirement, Sid has kept himself busy. He has run over 200 marathons and 600 half marathons in honor of the young men and women who have given their lives in the service to protect our freedom and country. The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon will be his 13th New York City Marathon, and it will also be his last New York Marathon.

Sid’s passion for out heroes goes beyond the call of duty. After each race, he presents his finisher medals to the family as a way of showing them that their loss has not gone unnoticed. He has also met with many families at Arlington, where he has been given the privilege of placing the medal he won for each race on the headstone of the fallen hero. Sid’s passion does not stop there though, for each race he also carries an American flag and wears a picture of the young hero so other runners and people watching the race will know who gave their life for a free country.

The work Sid does is not for the fame, in fact, he said he would rather people just knew him as that guy who ran in honor of Soldier X and not as Sid Busch the man who runs for fallen soldiers. However, he does recognize that it is through his fame that these fallen soldiers’ stories and names are still being shared and known, and that is most important part to him.

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