Alum Ran for The Cadets in Boston

Warren Corman ran his 11th Marathon, 2nd in Boston

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Anyone familiar with the world of running knows that the Boston Marathon is one of the highest achievements a runner can attain.

Monday morning, April 21, Cadets Alum Warren Corman ran the Boston for his second time, and he has graciously decided to use his efforts to help raise money for The Cadets.

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Warren said he first started training to run distances on his own to get in shape for drum corps. He marched in the Garfield Cadets' baritone section from 1977 to 1984 and was a part of the corps' first two DCI World Championship titles.

He also met his wife, Karen Cinzio, in the corps. Karen began her Cadets career in 1977 as well, and she aged out as a color guard captain in 1983.

Established in 1897, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and one of six World Marathon Majors. It attracts 20,000 registered participants each year, as well as an additional 500,000 spectators. This year's race is expected to attract even more support as a result of the bombs set off on-site last year.

"This will be my eleventh marathon and second Boston Marathon," Warren said. "I always try to run for a cause. I don't want to just do this for myself anymore. It's nice to be able to give something back."

Amidst his training over the past several months, Warren has been asking friends and supporters to donate money to The Cadets in support of his second Boston Marathon.

He said the tragedy in 2013 only encouraged him to register to run there a second time.

"Last year, when bombs went off in Boston, I was really mad about what happened," he said. "To me, setting something off there is like setting something off at DCI Finals. It's such an uplifting event; why would someone do that?"

He has previously run for several worthy causes. Back in 2001, he worked with a man named Todd Beamer who was killed in the United Airlines Flight 93 crash, and he ran for him afterwards.

He ran another marathon to raise money for the late David Welch, a fellow 80s Cadets alum who was diagnosed with a lemon-sized brain tumor at the age of 38. David worked to educate and inspire countless readers about brain cancer and the available medical advancements. He also remained active in The Cadets family and an inspiration to marching members through 2008.

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After 10 marathons, Warren said it's only harder now that he's older, but he's also running smarter than he used to.

WarrenCorman_Chris_FallFoliageHalf2013.JPG"Before my first marathon, people would tell me, 'Everybody hits a wall,' and around mile 18, I found out what they meant. The lactic acid starts building up, and your body’s like, 'I’m done.' But if you can get over that wall, then you realize you can do this."

"Experience matters," he continued. "Like drum corps, quality is more important than quantity."

Qualifing times for the Boston Marathon are broken down by age, and for Warren's age group, the slowest time is a three-and-a-half-hour marathon. He qualified for the 2014 Marathon with a time of 3:23.

As a Cadet back in the 70s and 80s, Warren learned that you only get out what you put in - a premise that has certainly enabled him to be a successful distance runner, and which he now teaches his three sons.

"Hard work goes a long way," he said.

Warren and his supporters have raised about $1,000 for The Cadets, and we are so grateful and honored that he ran in our name in Boston this year.

 

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