MHEI & Iron Heart 5k

Event Date

Sun, Apr 27, 2014


Cooksville, MD

About This Activity

Who Is The Iron Heart?

It was a horrific car crash. On the way home from swim practice in 2004, eighteen-year old Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma where he had to be brought back to life eight times throughout his many operations.

When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

In 2007 Brian Boyle staged what many consider to be one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when he crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman just three years after leaving the Intensive Care Unit.

Entry Fees:

5k: $20 until November 30, $25 until January 31, $30 until April 24, $35 at packet pickup and on race day

1 Mile Walk: $20 until November 30, $25 until January 31, $30 until April 24, $35 at packet pickup and on race day

Don’t feel like waking up early? Sign up to be a “Virtual Runner” for $25 and you’ll get a race t-shirt and all of the race perks without getting out of bed!



Top 3 overall males and females, as well as the top males in females in each age group as follows:

19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, & 60+


T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 100 5k and walk participants registered (sizes and availability can not be guaranteed for those registering late). Brian Boyle, the “Iron Heart” will run the race and be available for photos and questions after the race. Water will be available at the approximate halfway point on the 5k course, and course marshals will direct racers at all turns. Refreshments and random prize giveaways from event sponsors will be available post race. Plenty of parking is available at the park.

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