Trinity grad to return to Manchester for ‘Fun Run’
By DALE VINCENT
New Hampshire Union Leader | July 21. 2013 8:39PM
Former marathoner Brian Smith, who broke his neck diving off a boat, will be in Manchester for a special race Aug. 18, exactly a year after his accident. His friends have organized a “Fun Run” as a show of support. (COURTESY)
Quadriplegic Brian Smith was asked to be a spinal cord injury mentor at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where he worked alongside victims of the marathon bombing. COURTESY
A year after his diving accident, Brian Smith lives in Arlington, Mass., in a wheelchair accessible apartment. He will be in Manchester Aug. 18 for a “Fun Run” organized by his friends. COURTESY
Until last Aug. 18, when he took one last dive off the boat and broke his neck.
“It’s a 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 some help?”
Organized by Kevin Comerford, a friend since high school at Trinity, the 2.7-mile walk/run around Derryfield Park, is a chance to support Smith and his continuing efforts to regain mobility.
“I’m moving my foot a little bit,” he said. He has some feeling in his hands, too.
“Spaulding Rehab in Boston asked me to be a spinal cord injury mentor to patients at the hospital, which I gladly accepted,” he said.
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.
Questions about the event can be directed to Smith’s brother, Cell: 781-760-1620 or Darensmith@me.com or to Kevin Comerford at 978-257-0623,