What a great story…

Two Secret Service agents completed the NYC Marathon this weekend as they guarded Kersti Kaljulaid, the president of Estonia who flew in for the race.

“When a Secret Service protectee runs the #NYCMarathon, so do we”:

The agents, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mason Brayman and Lieutenant Bill Uher, actually didn’t know they’d be running the race until 4 days beforehand, but both were in shape anyway:

     Preparation and availability were why Brayman and Uher were chosen for the race, though
both said they know of many runners in the Secret Service that would be capable.

Although they didn’t know for certain they’d be running the marathon until four days before the race, they had been training already. Both are stationed in Washington, D.C. Brayman
is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Office of Communication and Media Relations.
Lieutenant Uher is with the Uniformed Division’s Emergency Response Team.

Uher, winner of the 2012 George Washington Marathon, had some advance notice in July
that the race “might” happen.

“I said I’d be ready if the Estonian President decided to run the race,” said Uher. “That
potential gave me a good excuse to get out there and train.” Brayman was already training for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18 and had already planned on running 16 miles during the day of the NYC Marathon.

And here’s the line of the story:

“I just added 10 miles to my training day,” said Brayman with a shrug.

A photo from the course:

President Kaljulaid — and the agents, we assume — finished with a very respectable 4-hour time:

And thank you to the Secret Service: