ALUMNI PROFILE Brendan Cournane (BA ’75, JD ’78)
When Brendan Cournane (BA ’75, JD ’78) began endurance running in the 1980s, it brought balance to his busy legal career working in public finance. “I found a lot of mindfulness and well-being and serenity involved in endurance running,” he says. “I made sure I trained after work, at night, to force myself to get out of the office at a certain point.”
Jump to 2019: Thirty-four years after completing his first marathon, Cournane ran his 100th. This completed a journey to run a marathon in every state and on every continent. From the top of the Great Wall of China to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Cournane’s endurance running has taken him all over the globe. Here are four of his most memorable races.
When Cournane first ran the Antarctica Marathon in 2007, he got hypothermic and left the course at mile 18. “I found out it’s okay to not finish a race,” he says. “You learn more about yourself if something doesn’t go right.” Six years later, he returned to complete the race. “The experience of running in Antarctica with animals like penguins and leopard seals as spectators instead of people on the course was also very rewarding,” he says.