Meet the Organizer: Marine Honors Our Heroes, Mile for Mile

This week, we’re profiling an organizer from a city where we see some great events popping up. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, where we reveal the city each morning.

Meet James, a Marine who organizes a race series honoring the military and those who died on Sep. 11, 2001.

Name: James Brobyn
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
My Next Event: Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run 5K Race Series held nationally and internationally.

"We honor the fallen by challenging the living," says James.

You should come to my event if you: Want a unique way to honor the many people who have and continue to sacrifice so much for our safety and security. In 2012, 50 percent of proceeds will be directed back into the local communities through partnered nonprofits, volunteer fire departments, or other organizations serving our heroes. Come run, volunteer, donate, cheer, but most of all, honor.

Favorite Movie: “Braveheart”

Favorite Book: “Matterhorn” by Karl Marlantes

The Best Event I Ever Attended Was: Three of the seven 9/11 Heroes Runs in Philadelphia last year. They were all special and memorable in their own ways. Each one was unique to the community they served.

Favorite Eventbrite Feature: customer service, social media integration, and analytics. Also, how easy it is to use and the product’s flexibility.

My Inspiration for Hosting Events is: our charities’ underlying purpose – to honor the fallen by challenging the living. So many brave service members, police, firefighters, first responders and civilians have given their all. We are duty bound to continue their legacy.

The Best Event I Ever Hosted Was: The 2011 9/11 Heroes Run race series. We grew from 6 events held on 9/11 in 2010 to 37 last year. It was an amazing show of strength, unity, and patriotism. We had almost 16,000 people run in 29 races held throughout the continental United States, in England, Guam, Afghanistan and Iraq. It was truly an amazing event. What made it so special was linking all of the different communities together through social media, videos, and pictures. Everyone felt like they were part of something great.

I can’t live without: Crossfit and running.

I love running because: It’s pure.

My advice for first-time event planners is: Reach out to the event planning community. People have a ton of experience and they are more than willing to help.

If I could tell one thing to the 20-year-old me, it would be: Keep pushing yourself and never stop experimenting.

My favorite thing about Philadelphia is: The people. I was in the Marine Corps for 13 years and was away for all of that time. During that time, I never felt home. When I moved back to Philly, it was instant. I felt home and it came down to the people in Philly: hardworking, down-to-earth, and straightforward.

The most memorable attendee I ever had at my event was: All of the amazing people that came out to support. It was truly amazing and heartwarming. From wounded veterans, Gold Star families, to firefighters running in full gear, to everyday Americans coming out to honor. It was just a special event.

You can get involved in the next race by: participating as part of Team Travis in the Philadelphia area:

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