Perkins firefighter hopes to stoke interest in charity

To many watching an upcoming race, Brian Hackenburg will embody someone rushing toward an uncontrollable inferno.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 25, 2013


Hackenburg signed up for the Revolution3 Triathlon this September in Sandusky, demanding athletes first swim 2.4 miles and bike 112 miles throughout Erie County.

But during the race’s last leg — a 26.2 mile run — he’s abandoning the traditional running outfit of a T-shirt, shorts and cap.

Instead, Hackenburg plans to suit up in full fire turnout gear, which weighs about 60 pounds. Wearing the helmet, a coat and an air pack, Hackenburg aims to create buzz for a charitable effort.

He is, however, ditching boots for running shoes.

Hackenburg’s raising money for the National Firefighter Endowment. The nonprofit organization helps cash-strapped fire departments nationwide purchase equipment and tools needed to adequately serve communities.

“I want to raise as much money as I can,” he said. “If I can help raise money for the departments so firefighters can have better equipment, that will be a better service they can provide.”

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Want to donate?

What: Perkins firefighter Brian Hackenburg will run in full fire turnout gear in the Revolution3 Triathlon this September in Sandusky to raise money for the National Firefighter’s Endowment, which helps cash-strapped departments purchase equipment.

Where: Click to go to Hackenburg's website or call call Perkins fire at 419-626-133. Mail a check, care of Brian Hackenburg, to 3003 Campbell St., Sandusky, OH 44870


Keep Focused

Incredible goal. This will require inbelievable effort.


My husband and other Columbus firefighters regularly run charity 5K's with their gear, but never with a pack on, and never a full marathon. Good for him! Good luck!


For those unaware, that is like running from Sandusky to Bellevue.If he even finishes I'll be amazed.


I wish him the best of luck. Would be nice to see a lot of other public safety people out there running with him.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Brian we know you can do this, you are an amazing athlete.