ECFF – President
Bruce Braseth is a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant who spent the majority of his Marine Corps career as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.
He became interested in endurance athletes as a natural extension of a not so optional lifestyle. He had already begun to participate in running competitions and once arriving at the Naval EOD School at Eglin AFB took advantage of the ideal climate to begin a life changing interest in Triathlon.
After two years participation in the sport he and his wife partnered with another couple to open Dragon Sports, a sports shop specializing in swimming, cycling and running. Dragon Sports is still operating after 18 years in business.
In that same year he created, organized and directed the Demolition Man Triathlon, a charity event whose aim was to generate contributions to the EOD Memorial Scholarship Fund and local swimming teams. The Demolition Man was held for 8 years until the Mid-Bay Bridge was deemed to busy to safely support the bicycle portion of the course. The last 5 of seven years the event sold out.
Bruce and his family continue to support the athletic community of the Emerald Coast by helping to sponsor swimming, cycling, running and multisport events throughout the year.
Special recognitions of note include the YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2001 and Recognition Award for continuing contributions to the EOD Warrior Ride in 2014. That support is through their business as well as individual contributions of their time.
Bruce is married and the father of 2 Okaloosa County Middle School and High School swimmers. His oldest son Pete, played Water Polo for 4 years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His younger son Mike, followed in his athletic footsteps and became an Ironman in 2013.
Bruce is currently a civilian contract instructor at the EOD School as well as continuing work at the family business.