Husband, Father & Friend
As a result of getting in shape, Brien became an avid triathlete participating in sporting events across the Gulf Coast. On November 21, 2016, the night of the accident, Brien and his son-in-law, Frankie, were on a training run. A vehicle on US 98 cut the turn lane early and struck Brien in the bike lane.
Just days after the accident, a group of 50+ people gathered to help Frankie complete the "Last Mile" of the route that him and Brien were running days earlier. Patrick Wilkes gathered people together to finish the run that was started. On race days, Brien was known for finishing at the top of his age group and then turning around to go back and help others finish their race.
With growing support, a group of 90+ people showed up to honor the family by running one of Brien's favorite routes in downtown Pensacola.
Support continued to grow as the Brown-Pesce-Pursell family organized another run in downtown Pensacola.
For the first time we had a sunset run in Downtown Pensacola and had over 175 participants. By partnering with local businesses and organizations, we were able to bring awareness to road safety and promote living a healthy lifestyle while raising $6,500 for Northwest Florida YMCA.