Pa firefighter runs half marathon in full gear

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SCRANTON, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Pennsylvania man ran a half marathon Sunday while wearing 50 pounds of firefighting gear, including an oxygen tank.

Firefighter Ryan Robeson did it all to draw attention to the demanding work firefighters do, raise money for charity, and to set a Guinness world record.

He had a team helping him with logistics, like switching out the air tank as it ran out about every mile.

I hope that people can appreciate the amount of effort, not that I’m putting forth, but our firefighters put forth. When there’s an actual structure fire and the guys go into a job, it’s much more taxing on the body than my half marathon would be.

-Ryan Robeson, Firefighter

Robeson finished the 13-point-one-mile race in three hours, 36 minutes and 11 seconds.

He missed setting a half marathon record by someone in full firefighter gear by a mere six minutes.

Robeson did raise nearly six-thousand dollars for a foundation that helps rescue workers with cancer and a project to provide winter coats to kids in need.

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