Sobieraski completes 50 marathons in 50 days in honor of Tony ‘Maz’ Mazurkiewicz

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 June 2023 at 9:57 pm

Orleans County resident joined by 850 runners in last 3 miles of epic journey that started in Florida, ending in Rochester

Photo courtesy of Eileen Banker

ROCHESTER – Brett Sobieraski, right, is joined by his son Zachary today when Sobieraski ran the last stretch of his 50th marathon and 50 days.

Sobieraski was joined by 850 runners for the final three miles of today’s run with the last stretch from Genesee Valley Park to the Halls of Justice Courtyard at 99 Exchange Street.

Sobieraski, a retired Rochester Police Department sergeant, lives in Carlton in Orleans County. He ran the marathons to honor the memory of Rochester police officer Anthony “Maz” Mazurkiewicz. He was killed in the line of duty on July 21, 2022.

Sobieraski felt Maz didn’t get his due after his death, and that the media was too quick to move on. Sobieraski sought to raise $100,000 for the Mazurkiewicz family is very close to reaching that goal.

Photos courtesy of Mike Schultz

Brett Sobieraski greets his friend Tom Drennan after the finish today in Rochester. Drennan, a Kendall native who now lives in Florida, stayed close to Sobieraski for the first three days of the marathons in Florida, providing support.

Sobieraski would go over 1,300 miles on foot through eight states – Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and finally back home in New York.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter praised Sobieraski for uniting the community I remembering the ultimate sacrifice from Mazurkiewicz.

Baxter is a former SWAT team coordinator and captain with the Rochester Police Department.

Photo by Tom Rivers

A day before finishing his 50th marathon in a row, Sobieraski did his 49th in Orleans County. He ran from his house in Carlton to Albion, then the ran the Strawberry Festival 5K and ran back home for 26.2 miles.

He is shown here in Albion at the starting with four members of Albion’s cross country team, including from left: Adam Burgio, Myles Beach, Matthew Bloom and Cordelia Rivers.