Fire House Run September 2013
On Saturday 21st September 2013 four North Yorkshire firefighters are attempting a world record endurance run.
Station Manager Andy Blades (Malton station), Station Manager Mark Naylor (Whitby station), Firefighter Terence Gregg (York station) and Watch Manager Justin Rowe (Malton station) will be running to all the fire houses in New York City. The team will be running between 25 to 35 miles a day for seven days
The team will be supporting The Fire Fighters Charity and the Tunnel to Towers (Stephen Siller) Foundation USA.
The aim of the event is to run to all the fire houses in the five boroughs of New York City to honour the 343 Firefighters, Police Officers and First Responders who lost their lives during 9/11.
The team will start at the Stephen Siller Foundation’s headquarters on Staten Island and will run to the training centre, the maritime fire boats and all the fire houses in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Harlem.
They will also lay a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero on behalf of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Finally the team will take part in the annual 5km Tunnel To Tower Run; honour of Brooklyn Firefighter Stephen Siller from Squad 1, who returned to duty on 9/11 and headed towards the World Trade Centre when they were attacked. Stephen was prohibited from entering the Brooklyn Tunnel in his truck so he raced on foot towards the site with 60lbs of gear strapped to his back. He was last seen on West and Liberty Street where he, more than likely, went looking for his squad, all of whom perished. The Tunnel To Towers Run retraces Stephens’s footsteps on that fateful day.
To promote the Tunnel To Towers Foundation and raise the profile of the run in the USA, WM Justin Rowe and Firefighter Terence Gregg attended a fundraising event in Washington DC on the 14th Sept 2012, and most recently rugby match & charity auction on 6th May 2013 at Scarborough RUFC.
Up and coming events Armed Forces Day at Scarborough on 29th June 2013 & "Coffee Morning " At York Fire Station on 3rd August 2013.
The public can also purchase a ticket to guess the mileage of the run, the winner with the exact mileage can also win cash prizes.
The teams sponsors are Sweatshop Running, Rosti McKechnie & Whitby Seafoods.
To donate to The Fire Fighters Charity and support the team visit their UK fundraising page.
They have also set up a Tunnel To Towers fundraising page.
You can find out more about The Fire Fighters Charity and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation at http://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/ and http://www.tunneltotowersrun.org/