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Firefighter runs Glass City Marathon in gear to honor fallen brother firefighter

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Runners from across the country took part in the Glass City Marathon on Sunday. Including a heartfelt group from the Perkins and Toledo Fire Departments running in honor of their fallen brother Firefighters.

Brain Hackenburg ran in his full firefighter turnout gear as part of the Turnout Challenge. He covered the full 26.2 mile course with an extra 42 pounds on board. It started out as a way to stay in shape and raise money for charity with his friend and fellow firefighter Jamie Dickman. But then Dickman was killed battling a fire in January and Hackenburg decide to complete the challenge in his friend's honor.

"He's going to be behind me and if I'm not going fast enough, I guarantee I'm going to feel something. Because that's the way he always was. If I'm not going fast enough, he will give me a kick."

The course wound through the streets of Toledo and the race was won by Geoffrey Kiprotich from Kenya who completed it in 2 hours and 24 minutes. Hackenburg finished in five hours, still carrying the extra load.

"I'd do it all over again right now for my brothers, Jamie and Steve. They are our heroes. I'm going to keep this going for Jamie. He's my brother and I love the guy."

Hackenburg says his Turnout Challenge raised more than $10,000 for charity last year. More than 260 firefighters across the country are running charity events in full gear.



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