A CORK fireman is all set to run the Killarney Half Marathon in his full firefighter kit to raise funds for charity.
The Killarney Half Marathon takes place tomorrow at 8am and is said to be one of the world’s most breathtaking and scenic routes that brings runners through Muckross House and Killarney National Park.
Chris Price has been a member of the Kanturk Fire Brigade for the past two years.
No stranger to fundraising or to marathon running, Chris decided to up his game by signing up for a run in full fireman gear for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.
“The reason I run for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, is my 11-year-old nephew John Dickson, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and a family friend, Jerry Forrest, also has Duchenne, which to date has no cure,” he said.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.
Chris told the Evening Echo he has run 11 marathons and two half marathons and all going well.
This will be the start of a number of fundraising efforts in his fireman kit.
“Each year I try to do one or two marathons to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland,” he said.
In preparation of his big challenge, Chris has been running around the local football pitch in his firefighter kit.
“It is a difficult thing to do to run in fire kit. It can be tedious. It is not the weight so much as the heat. It can be very sweaty, but when you are training it is also a bit embarrassing. You know people are just thinking ‘What the hell is he at’?”
The determined fireman hopes to complete the course in two hours and 10 minutes and has already set his sights on completing the Cork City Marathon in his kit next year.
Supporting him on the day will be his wife Sheila and his three children, Jaimee, 10, Joanna, 6, and Jessie, 4.
“My three girls always cross the line with me at the end.
“They hold my hand and we cross to together so I am looking forward to that.”
Chris said his colleagues have also been very supportive and are eager to see how he gets on.
To celebrate, Chris said he plans on putting the feet up and having a few beers after raising vital funds for the charity close to his heart.
To contribute to Chris’s cause, log onto www.idonate.ie/chrisprice.