Firefighter Ironman, Half Ironman, & A Bunch Of FF Fitness

By: Paul Hasenmeier

After the sprint race Saturday

After the full race Sunday

We all had a great weekend of racing and reached goals of different proportions together.  There is talk of Brotherhood, training, and the need for improved fitness levels all the time in the fire service.  This past weekend was a culmination of all three.

Getting off your butt to do things you don’t think are possible is rewarding in the end.  It’s even more rewarding to be in good company with support along the way.  Thanks goes out to our families, friends, brothers, and communities that cheered us along.


FF Hackenburg

Hackenburg finisher photo

Perkins Township FD FF Brian Hackenburg set his sights on doing a full Ironman distance triathlon earlier this year.  The crazy part was to do the marathon at the back end in turnout gear and an airpack.  This turned into the Turnout Challenge to benefit the National Firefighters Endowment.  Numerous firefighters across the country have started fundraising pages on the Turnout Challenge site.  Goals include 5k’s, 10k’s, and half marathons in gear.  You can get involved by checking out the Turnout Challenge page.



I was able to successfully finish my first 70.3 mile half Ironman distance triathlon and had fun crossing the finish line with 2 of my 3 daughters.  My wife and daughters might have been just as tired from chasing me around the course.

Who Did What

  • Brian Hackenburg – 140.6 mile Full Ironman Triathlon (marathon in gear)
  • Paul Hasenmeier – 70.3 mile Half Ironman Triathlon
  • Dave Murphy (swim), Ken Klamar (bike), Charlie Sams (run) – sprint relay Saturday and half Ironman relay Sunday
  • Josh Cumston – sprint triathlon Saturday
  • Matt Sullivan – sprint triathlon Saturday
  • Craig Caprara (swim), Brent Bronner (bike), Hans Isaly-Johns (run) – sprint relay Saturday
  • Charlie Ruggles (swim), Jake Buchana (bike), Matt Riggle (run) – sprint relay Saturday

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