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Bay Area runner leaves lasting legacy

Retired cab driver, who discovered marathoning at 57, "embodied energy and life"

Updated: June 21, 2013, 8:52 PM ET
By Doug Williams | Special to ESPN.com

He never won the Boston Marathon or an Olympic medal. He never ran in high school or college, never appeared on the cover of a national running magazine or had a documentary made about his contributions to long-distance running.

Outside of the Bay Area's community of marathoners and ultra runners, Rene Brunet was a complete unknown.

Yet inside that tight-knit group, Brunet was a runner's runner -- a man who had discovered running late in life and been totally ...

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