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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cheer for Autistic Marathon Runner Jonathan Brunot Tomorrow!

From Autism Awareness via Facebook

By Verlaine Brunot
April 11, 2013

I'm writing to you on behalf of my youngest brother Jonathan Brunot. He is 24 years old, charming, severely autistic, and a passionate runner.

In fact, he is running the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 (this coming Monday) in support of Autism Speaks and Autism Awareness Month! We (his family) are so proud of him, as this will be his 9th marathon! Jonathan is especially eager to run because the destruction of Hurricane Sandy cancelled the NYC Marathon this past November.

We hope that you cheer for Jonathan on Monday as he runs the 26.2 miles and sees his family and teachers waiting for him at the finish line!

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N.Y. Times Article about Jonathan
(after his first marathon)

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You can (and your group members) follow him via ATHLETE ALERT on race day. You can text the word RUNNER to # 345678. When you get a confirmation text, you simply text back his bib number 20973, and you will be alerted when he finishes 10k, halfway, 30k and 40k and his finish time!

Thank you for all you give to the autism community. We hope you are as inpired by Jonathan as we are on a daily basis. It took A LOT of hardwork to get him to this point, but he is truly happy and he LOVES to run the same way he loves Mary Poppins, Toy Story and his GI Joes!

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Jonathan Brunot's Facebook Page
(lots of running pics and video)


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