Area Firefighters Suit Up for Riley Gear Run

Several area firefighters are suiting up to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. Hunter Sharp with the Koontz Lake Volunteer Fire Department is one of four who are taking part in an upcoming race.

“We’re going to do a 15k run during the Blueberry Stomp Sept. 2. All of our funds go to Riley Children’s Hospital Magic Cart and Palliative Care. The magic cart goes around to each kid at Riley’s once a week, and they get to pick out gifts. Palliative Care is for families of children at Riley’s who unfortunately won’t get to leave Riley. They provide counseling and food and housing for those families,” said Sharp.

Walkerton Firefighter Jason Lambright, Plymouth Firefighter John Pasley, Mishawaka Firefighter Chad Kinney and Sharp are all taking part in the race.

“We’re actually wearing our full firefighter turnout gear. It’s a 15k, 9.3 miles.”

Lambright says the conditioning for the run has been pretty intense.

“It takes a lot of running, conditioning our lungs, conditioning our legs. I don’t think anything can really train you enough for running something like that. It’s a 15k, which is 9.3 miles,” said Lambright.

Last year Pasley ran the Race for Riley by himself and raised just over $3,000 for the hospital. The firefighters taking part in this year’s run are taking donations from anyone who wants to support their endeavors to raise money to help the youngsters at Riley Children’s Hospital. Find updates on the Riley Gear Run on Facebook at