Eighth in a series of Daily News profiles of runners entered in the 10-mile race on Sunday.

Who: Patrick Braun

Resides: Chadds Ford

Age: 32

Occupation: National account manager for HireQuest, a major supplier of sales and management candidates.

Family: Wife, Karen; daughter, Isabella, 4; son, Donovan, 3 months (Donovan is not named after the Eagles' quarterback. "It's a name we liked for a long time.")

Education: Pennridge High, West Chester University.

Why he started running: After the birth of Isabella, his weight soared to 258 pounds (the 6-1 Braun now weighs between 210 and 215). "My doctor told me I'd have to lose weight or I'd have to take blood-pressure and cholesterol medication. I had lost weight when two friends, Troy Malek and Bob DiLuzio, who had done the Broad Street Run, challenged me to join them. Training for the run helped me shed an additional 18 pounds and get in the best shape of my life."

Broad Street Run history: This will be his third. "I ran the first at a [9-minute, 40-second] pace. Last year, I took 10 minutes off my time."

First Broad Street finish: "When I crossed the finish line, the sense of pride and accomplishment that I felt was almost indescribable. I now look forward to the race almost as much as I look forward to the start of the Eagles' season."

Broad Street beat: "I love the bands playing in North Philly. I love making the turns around City Hall and having the governor [Rendell] there. The race is a great way to shake off the winter cobwebs. I look at it as the start of summer."

Other races: He, Malek and DiLuzio ran the recent Commodore Barry 10K. "It's tough because you're going uphill for half the race. When you're driving, you don't think about how big that incline is. When you're running it, you know.''

- Bill Fleischman