Local running group gathers in honor of member losing battle with mental health
Friends and family of Fargo resident Brad Bosch are rallying to send the message that even in the darkest of times, there's always light at the end of the tunnel.
FARGO — The "Let's Go Running" group was heading out on their weekly beer run, only it wasn’t any ordinary run. There was a void left by the loss of one of their own, taking his own less than a week prior.
Brad Bosch, 50, was a loving son, brother and father of two boys.
Friends and family came together at Fargo Brewing Company Tuesday, Dec. 15, to remember the man they knew by doing one of the things he loved most: running.
Brad Bosch's brother, Scott Bosch, traveled from the Twin Cities to walk with the group and show support for his family.
"If they've been friends for a year or if they've been friends for 40 years, people just really rally together in North Dakota... it means a lot to all of us," said Scott Bosch. "He had some very high moments in his life, and over the years, he also had some lower moments in his life."
Keith Ramsett joined the running group in May. Brad had been a member for three years, and he remembers Brad as being welcoming to new members.
"He always said 'hi' and was always willing to offer advice to new runners, which I was," Ramsett said.
He grew faster and stronger running alongside Brad.
Ramsett had advice for those battling with mental health issues: "You can always find someone to talk to and there's always somebody willing to listen."
Scott Bosch urged folks to always look out for themselves and their loves ones.
"If you're not feeling well, call someone, call someone and talk to someone," he said. "Fight with all of your will to get through those low moments, try to look through to the future and understand (that) life is a precious thing, and good times will come again."
Fat tire bikers will also ride for Brad Bosch Thursday, Dec. 17, outside of Front Street Taproom.
Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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