Brendan completed his undergraduate education at Columbia University and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Stony Brook University. He was inspired to go into physical therapy after three years of working with endurance athletes at Clint Verran Sports Medicine in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Brendan is as passionate about running as it gets. He began competing in 9th grade and “hit the ground running” when he and his team set the Long Island record for the indoor 4×1 Mile Relay in 2007! Brendan went on to compete for Columbia University in both cross-county and track, winning the Ivy League XC Championships in 2009. “My best race experiences have always been team wins. There’s nothing better than sharing the triumph with your best friends.”
Brendan now competes for NYAC with a marathon personal best of 2:15:30. “I love racing with NYAC because it allows me to compete as part of a true team, even as a post-collegiate athlete” He finished 20th at the 2016 US Olympic Trials for the Marathon and notes the experience as one of his best. “My former teammate Ethan Shaw and I started in nearly last for the first half before moving up together the entire second half. We finished way ahead of where anybody ever could have predicted we would. I had family and friends from every part of my life all over the course, cheering me on through the heat and sun. It was one of the most painful, but also most fun experiences of my life.”
Brendan draws a lot of his motivation from his, Mom. “She taught me resilience and optimism, even is tough situations, and the ability to laugh and learn from failure. She’s also a beast and started running when she was 68 years old and rehabbed her knee with squats!”
- Hometown: Long Island, NY
- College: Columbia University Undergraduate Degree | Stony Brook University DPT
- My team: New York Mets
- Favorite TV Show: Stranger Things and Game of Thrones
- Best way to stay active: Anything outside and moving: running, mountain biking, skiing, and volleyball are my top 4.
- Favorite innovation of the past few year: I really like the Slice app on my iPhone, I essentially have a pizza button on my phone. (I Know Seamless can allegedly do the same thing, but it’s not a pizza button!)
What I Like:
- About working at FLPT: I really enjoy having friendly dogs roam around the office as I work.
- About FLPT patients: Their enthusiasm for what they do and their willingness to work for it.
- About running/sports: I like seeing what people can do long past when the should have given up. That goes for sports in general. I like the resilience that running tends to build in people. It rewards balance and patience, things that serve people well in life in general.