A firefighter runs the first Smoke Eater Scramble in full fire gear./Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
The volunteer firefighters in Riverdale, Iowa now have money for some new equipment thanks to the 60 runners who came out to run the first ever Smoke Eater Scramble.
"I've been a runner for the last couple of years, and as I was running one of my races about a year ago, I kind of determined, you know what, this would be a fun thing to do down at the fire station," said Eric Hupp, the race director and volunteer firefighter
Firefighter Bob Kramer wanted to support the fire department. His motivation: His children
"All Runs like this I want to try to run them to support the good cause. When asked on the poster in there that I signed - why do you run? - I run for them. I run for the kids," Kramer said.
He was carrying a lot more weight with him than most runners.
"This is the, uh, firefighter challenge division, and it's uh, firefighters from our local, uh, local fire departments that are, that chose to run it in their full fire gear," Hupp said.
Running in fire gear is no easy feat, but it sends a message about how tough the job is.
"It was heavy, uh, but I wanted to do it just to say I did it, it's for a good cause," Kramer said.
Volunteer fire departments normally rely on grant money for their gear. The money raised through this race will help fill the gaps that grant money leaves, helping the Riverdale Department buy some much-needed new equipment.
"It was a beautiful day, I'm glad the weather was in favor of full turnout gear. It was a good day," Kramer said.
Race organizers are happy with this year's turnout, and they hope to have even more people come out and support the Riverdale Firefighter's Association at next year's Smoke Eater Scramble.
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