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Firefighter Fitness Fun Run/Walk seeks participants for Oct. 15 event

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Participants in the inaugural Brad Malm 10K Fun Run/Walk turn onto Goodwin Street in Prescott at the start of the race Oct. 16, 2010.

PRESCOTT - Do you like to run? Would you like to help firefighters keep fit? Then consider registering for the second annual Brad Malm Firefighter Fitness Walk/Run taking place Oct. 15.

The event, sponsored by Prescott Coca-Cola Bottling Co., begins in front of Firehouse Plaza on Goodwin Street at 8 a.m. with a 10K run. A 5K starts at 8:15 a.m., and a 2-mile fun walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

"The whole purpose of the run is to support firefighter fitness for the long term and the Prescott Basin Firefighter Wellness/Fitness Foundation," said Eric Kriwer, spokesman for the Prescott Fire Department. "Last year, 150 runners took part and this year, we're hoping to get 200."

Last year, participants ranged in age from 11-year-old Levi Harvey to Clifford Hunt, Ph.D., who is in his 80s.

"It was a well-planned and -executed event," Hunt said, adding that a cheering crowd was there to greet his next-to-last finish. He recalled that the kindness of the other runners put pep in his step, and station attendants were helpful and encouraging.

Registration is $30 before Oct. 10 and $35 after Oct. 10. Register online at www.active.com or complete a race registration form you can pick up at local fire stations. All entrants will receive a T-shirt, and refreshments will be provided by Coca Cola after the race.

All proceeds from the run will support the Prescott Basin Firefighter Wellness/Fitness Foundation, which helps local firefighters realize the benefits of total health and wellness, and local charities that contribute to health and community wellness education, Kriwer said.

The event was named for Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Brad Malm, because he knew the physical, psychological, and emotional demands of firefighting and encouraged firefighters to stay fit and healthy, like he did by playing softball, running marathons and enjoying hiking, Kriwer said.

Malm, who worked for the department for 30 years, was one of the fire department's first paramedics and an instructor and fire academy coordinator at Yavapai College. He was a battalion chief for 11 years, overseeing the hazardous materials and technical rescue teams. Malm died after a major heart attack just 15 months after retiring in 2007, Kriwer said.

Firefighting is one of the most physically demanding occupations, with firefighters working near their maximal heart rates for extended periods of time, Kriwer added.

For more information on the event, call Dave Essex at 928-420-1357, Mountain Milers Running Club at 612-723-4994 or the Prescott Fire Department Administration Office at 928-777-1700, or go to the website www.prescottbasin10K.com.


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