Resilience is the best revenge (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

May 5, 2013 Updated May 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A former Binghamton University student was just another guy with a number strapped to his chest Sunday morning. But five years ago, the tubes strapped to Bryan Steinhauer's body were the only thing keeping him alive.

On May 5, 2008, Steinhauer was attacked and brutally beaten in the Rathskeller in downtown Binghamton.

After three months in a coma, learning how to talk again and years of rehabilitation, Steinhauer ran in the Greater Binghamton Bridge Run half-marathon on Sunday.

"It feels like going full circle. You have the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new chapter," Steinhauer said.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old from Brooklyn set a personal best for 13.1 miles on legs that were immobile for the three months he spent in a coma.

He started training for runs in 2011, raising money with every step for the charity he started, Minds Over Matter.

Minds Over Matter benefits young adults with brain injuries, just like him.

"I'm running for the patients. That's why I'm running, the only reason I run is for them," Steinhauer said.

On the fifth anniversary of the injuries that changed Steinhauer's life forever, his childhood friend and running coach, Alex Granito, said he can't believe the strides he's taking today.

"I remember five years ago, when we visited him in the hospital, we never thought that he could make it to this point. Minds Over Matter, it's exactly what he stands for, what the charity stands for. If you can believe that you can do it, you can do it," Granito said.

Despite what happened to him in Binghamton, Steinhauer said he'll be back for the run again.

Steinhauer and Granito are currently training for the New York City Marathon in November. It will be Steinhauer's first marathon.

To learn more about Minds Over Matter, click here.