Fire-K 5K Race Benefits Firefighters With Cancer

 A 5K race in downtown Augusta on Sunday will raise awareness and funds for firefighters battling cancer.

The second annual Fire-K takes place at the Augusta Common. A fun run for kids starts at 8:30, the 5K walk/run will kick off at 9 a.m.

Event organizer Phillip Weathers, a firefighter at SRS, says we need to draw attention to the hazards firefighters face every day — that go beyond flames.

“Firefighters average about three times the national average for cancer, in some cases its even much higher than that,” said Weathers.

“The things that we’ve been doing for years are actually related to occupational exposures that we’re bringing home — not just to ourselves but to our families,” said Weathers.

The race is the day before International Firefighters Day. The community is invited to come out and cheer on their local fire departments and learn more about the dangers associated with the job.

“I think as firefighters, we’re becoming more aware of it,” he said. “that’s a big part of it, is actually educating people that are out here doing this job.”

The race is sponsored in part by the Family Y.

Registration for the 5K is $30 and the Fun Run is $15. Race participants can also register online at Active.com.

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