Hackenburg must complete the 13-mile trek in less than 2 hours, 41 seconds while wearing fire-regulated turnout gear consisting of a coat, helmet, pants and boots.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but I think I should be able to do it in under two hours,” he said.
Hackenburg, who vigorously trains almost every day to prepare for the race, has some experience suiting up in prior marathons.
In September, he participated in the Revolution3 Triathlon in Sandusky, demanding athletes first swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles throughout Erie County.
Other than boots, he wore full turnout gear during the event’s running portion.
In preparation for this week’s race, Hackenburg runs with about 60 extra pounds dangling from his body for two main reasons, including:
• Raising money for other fire departments.
In 2013, he has received and donated about $9,000 for the National Firefighter Endowment. The nonprofit organization helps cashstrapped fire departments nationwide purchase equipment and tools needed to adequately save communities.
• Promote firefighter health.
“Every year, 45 percent to 50 percent of in-the-line duty deaths are heart attacks and stroke related, which is an outstanding number,” Hackenburg said. “I’m trying to travel around to these triathlons to promote people getting active and for them to just be aware.”
Want to help?
Perkins firefighter Brian Hackenburg is running in full fire turnout gear on Sunday when he runs in the Santa Hustle Half Marathon.
He’s raising money for the National Firefighter’s Endowment, which helps cash-strapped fire departments purchase equipment.
• Go to turnoutchallenge.com , a foundation Hackenburg started.
• Call Perkins fire at 419-626-1334.
• Mail a check, care of Brian Hackenburg, to 3003 Campbell St., Sandusky, OH 44870.