Firefighters run half-marathon in full gear for charity

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DUBLIN, OHIO (WCMH) — Firefighters know a thing or two about endurance. They battle flames and intense heat, scale flights of stairs despite thick plumes of smoke.

With the help of tanks filled with air they make it through.

But on Sunday everything that works to help one group of firefighters worked against them.

“We got our air-packs on bottles on, on air just like we’re going to do stepping off the fire truck going into your house,” shared Nick Thornton a firefighter with Franklin Township.

But this fire run will happened outside and was an actual run.13.1 miles to be exact.

The Emerald City Half Marathon in Dublin was the First Due Endurance Race Team’s fourth long distance run.The group is made up of firefighters from Delaware City, Washington and Franklin Townships.

Teams of two run one mile, refresh their air supply and run mile two, and then switch out.For the last mile they finish as a team.

“When you see them come across the finish line it’s not a dry eye in the house,” said David Babner who is the Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon Race Director

Especially since the money they raise goes to the families of fallen firefighters.

“It’s motivation to get out there and try and set an example for others,” Washington Township Battalion Chief Mike Riebel said.

3,500 runners and walkers participated in the sixth year of the Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon.

Money raised also goes to help the Welcome Warehouse a Dublin charity that helps people in need.

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