#runbret – Help Bret Henry run 1,000 miles in 2014

Pin this mug to your shirt or bib when you run or race and help #runbret get to 1,000 miles! Click on the image to get the full size one.

Pin this mug to your shirt or bib when you run or race and help #runbret get to 1,000 miles! Click on the image to get the full size one.

Let’s get Bret Henry to run 1,000 miles this year, log them online and share it using #runbret. Here’s why:

Bret Henry is a Maniac. A Marathon Maniac. He’s also a race organizer (he puts on the ORRC Autumn Leaves 50k/50 Miler.) He loves running; it’s something he shares with his wife  and many of his friends. I first met him through the running – either the Portland Marathon Training Clinic or some ultra trail race, or maybe through ORRC. He’s kind of everywhere. He is the first one to volunteer to run step for step with someone for their first marathon and the last one to leave when there’s someone who needs his support. He’s not someone you’d expect to need help reaching the 1,000 mile barrier over a year.

But on December 30, 2013, Bret’s running was rudely interrupted by a fall. Out – absolutely no running, period – for 9 to 12 months or longer. Bret’s running fix currently is only able to come through the stories of his friends and running acquaintances. Until now.I’m proposing that as many Run Oregon readers as possible take Bret running with them. Click on his picture and print it out to take it with you on a run. A training run, a race, whatever! Then log your miles with Bret here, and if you do the whole hashtag thing, post your picture with his giant noggin using the hashtag #runbret on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Let’s get him to 1,000 miles on the year.

So what happened? How can a fall knock you out for a year? Here’s the story, as shared by his wife, Gail. Read it, and then take Bret out for a run, won’t you?

Bret is a Captain for Horizon Air and was flying a regular trip. He landed in Pullman, Washington just after 11 pm on December 30th. The weather was close to freezing and the airport had wet runways and ramp areas. After taxiing in to park Bret got out to do what they call “walk around the aircraft”. They do a post flight inspection prior to the next flight to check for any abnormalities on the aircraft. He said he stepped off the stairs of the plane and shuffled his feet on the ramp to ensure it was not slippery as the temperature was around 34 degrees. It felt fine. He turned right and walked around the front of the plane. At that point he said he slipped and landed hard on his right hip. He says it was the most pain he ever felt in his life. He could not walk or get anyone’s attention on the dark ramp for about 5 minutes.

He was then transported to Pullman Hospital where they performed X-rays and a CAT scan. He had crushed his hip and pelvis.  The roads were slippery, so they tried to fly him via helicopter to Spokane; but the weather got bad and the helicopter had to land in Colfax where he was then transported via ambulance.

Bret had a 2 and 1/2 hour surgery late in the day on the 31st. He had 9 Titanium pins and 2 plates installed in his right hip area. His suture was 16 inches and they buttoned him up with 64 staples. He spent 7 days at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane before being transported back home to Lake Oswego.

He’s now at home – nearly two months later he took his first trip out of the house somewhere other than a doctor’s office. Doctor’s orders have him on a walker with no weight-bearing activities on his right leg for 90 days. He can’t drive for three months, and will be off work for 6 to 9 months.

When he asked the doctors if he would ever run again, they said “Let’s wait and see.”  He was told there’s a good chance he will have arthritis in that hip in 5 to 10 years and will then most likely need a hip replacement.

Bret has run over 100 marathons and ultras but his only goal for now is to be able to run 2 miles a day starting in 2015.  Until then, we are hoping you will join in with the rest of the Run Oregon community and help us #runbret in 2014?

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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