Welcome to the website of ALWAYS BROTHERS, a fraternal and 501c3 organization. We are a group of individuals who want to take the opportunity to represent those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and to help support the families of those who are no longer with us. Our founding core of Marines has grown to veterans from every branch of service. We have also grown by having the honor of their families and friends join our ranks. Always Brothers has been grateful from the out pouring of support from civilians, organizations, agencies, and corporations. We welcome all of them into our family, as we see it as a bigger corps to achieve our goal. Without this support we would not have been able to pull off "100 Miles for Swisher," "100 Miles for Lima," "100 Miles for One Mind, or "100 Mile Memorial Run - Seattle." Nor could we continue our endeavor to support veterans or their families. Please take time to view our website, from past events, to members and sponsors.
- Semper Fidelis, Semper Fratres - Always Faithful, Always Brothers
For the fifth year in a row, Always Brothers will be running a 100 mile ultra-run in one day—this time for the second time, in the Columbus-Cincinnati area.
Unlike many ultra-runs, however, this run is not a race. The runners start together and end together as a sign of the unity shared between military members and especially the Marines, who started the organization. Always Brothers was created by a group of Marines who primarily served at the Marine Barracks 8th & I Streets, SE Washington, DC, the Marine Security Forces Team at the Presidential Retreat Camp David and the White House Communications Agency in the mid-1990s. The organization formed with the initial purpose of honoring a fellow Camp David Marine (Tyler Swisher) who stayed in the Corps, became a commissioned officer and later died in Iraq in 2005, leaving behind his wife and three children. The founding members formed Always Brothers as a non-profit, and on August 11-12, 2011 ran 100 miles from the base of Camp David to Tyler's grave at Arlington National Cemetery in 27 hours. Most importantly, the group raised $20,000 for the education funds of Tyler's three children.
On May 26-27, 2012, Always Brothers ran 100 miles from Tyler's hometown of Mariemont, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio, the hometown of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. Lima Company has the unfortunate distinction of being the hardest hit unit in Iraq, losing 22 Marines and one Navy Corpsman on their deployment to Iraq in 2005. The 23 men left behind 15 children. Always Brothers, family and friends of Lima Co., ran the route in 27 hours (some runners going the entire distance) and raised over $83,000 for the education funds of the 15 children who lost their dads from Lima Co. (The Lima Company Memorial—the EYES OF FREEDOM—will be on display at the Seattle Center during Marine Week next week).
On August 10-11, 2013, we ran 100 miles in a loop from Leschi Marina in Seattle, through King and into Pierce Counties and back north to downtown Seattle. The purpose of the event was to honor Washington's fallen U.S. service men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and their families, and to raise awareness and funds for the treatment of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The 2013 effort raised $60,000, bringing our three-year total to approximately $180,000, 94% of which went directly to the charities and individuals we raised money for.
On July 26-27, 2014 we ran again from Seattle to south King County, Pierce County and back to Seattle in 27 hours. This run honored the fallen from across the country and raised money for the education funds for children who last a parent in the War in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This run finished Sunday, July 27, 2014 at approximately 9:30 am at CenturyLink Field Plaza between the Event Center and the Stadium. It is important to note, that this run was not a race, and that we run together in one group.