News » July 2012

Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon to Host Unique 'Run For Fallen Heroes' Fund-Raiser

Firefighters will be first to complete half marathon wearing full gear and using breathing apparatus

First Due Endurance Racing

DUBLIN, Ohio | July 21, 2012 — The Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon will host a first-of-its-kind charity run when two three-man relay teams of firefighters in full gear will compete to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The “Run For Fallen Heroes” is the first charity event coordinated by First Due Endurance Racing, a Central Ohio-based racing team comprised of local firefighters and their families.

The “Run For Fallen Heroes” will feature two relay teams of three firefighters in full gear. Each firefighter will run two two-mile segments of the Emerald City Half Marathon. The firefighters will stop each mile to change their self-contained breathing apparatus. The relay teams will join together at the 12.75-mile mark to finish the half marathon. Each relay team will be accompanied by a “captain” who will run the full Half Marathon.

“We believe this is the first time that firefighters have attempted to finish an event of this distance wearing full firefighting gear AND breathing air from their self-contained breathing apparatus,” said Jason Hughes of First Due Endurance Racing. “We are proud to be the first to complete this challenge and even more proud that the proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.”

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation honors and remembers America's fallen fire heroes and provides resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. The organization is also spearheading a safety initiative that strives to reduce the line-of-duty deaths by 25 percent over the next five years. For more information, visit

The Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon is produced by M3S Sports, a sports marketing firm that is dedicated to promoting a healthy active lifestyle. M3S Sports also produces the Flying Feather Four Miler, an event that attracts 3,500 runners and walkers each Thanksgiving Day in Dublin, Ohio. For more information, visit and

For more information on First Due Endurance Racing, visit