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"Run 4 the Hills for First Responders" 8th Annual Event

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | October 02, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 102621109

SHARON SPRINGS, NY - On October 2nd, as the sun rose over Main Street in front of the American Hotel in Sharon Springs, firefighters, police officers, members of the military, and EMTs from all across the state gathered for the 8th annual "Run 4 the Hills for First Responders" event.

Music played by one of the local DJs as firefighters put on their heavy turnout gear, and racers began to amp each other up, creating an exhilarating atmosphere. Close to 100 first responders and runners eagerly lined up and awaited the blow of the horn, and then were off on their four mile run through the beautiful hills of Schoharie County.

Patty Johnstone, Vice President of Hero Fund America, Inc., stated that "Run 4 the Hills for First Responders" is a challenging 4 mile run/walk through the historic village of Sharon Springs, NY and surrounding countryside, benefiting Hero Fund America, Inc., our Duty Gear Challenge winners, and the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad. Hero Fund America supports education, training & life saving equipment needs for first responders. Fire, Rescue and Law Enforcement Departments are welcome to participate in the Duty Gear Team Challenge (3 person minimum, in turnout/duty gear, present race day) and compete for Cash Prizes ($1,000 for EACH division - Fire, EMS & Law Enforcement, based on best overall team time), along with medals (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) for individual first responders in each division. New Balance will be offering three $100 gift certificates for pairs of sneakers to the first male and female finishers, along with a drawing for the third. A student plaque will be awarded to the School Team with best overall time, and a Community Team trophy will be awarded to the largest participating team (business or any group). Prizes would also be given out for the top three individual fundraisers or fundraising teams!

Patty stated that she is absolutely ecstatic for next year's ninth annual run and is hoping to double the number of teams and sponsors to help out with this great cause.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.