Saturday, October 13, 2012

Montgomery County Fire Fighter Team Raises Over $11,000 to Support The Make-A-Wish Foundation!

By: Master Firefighter Kathy Evans

Make-A-Wish Triathlon held two events which took place on two different weekends. One on Sunday September 23, 2012 in Bethany Beach, MD. The second one on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Cambridge, MD.  A total of 11 people competed this year, representing Montgomery County Fire & Rescue.  This was the fourth consecutive year that a group of Montgomery County firefighters participated.  This is the first time they had two women’s relay teams to compete.

The Make-A-Wish triathlon in Bethany Beach, DE  consisted of a  1000-meter swim (0.62 miles), 30k bike (18.5 miles), and 7k run (4.35 miles).  All three male participants competed as individuals. Captain Robert Stojinski finished first amongst the group of male firefighters with a time of 2 hours, 44 minutes.  MFF Kathy Evans, Captain of Team JKD, along with F/F Jessica Romano and Deirdre Sugrue finished second in their division with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes!

The Make-A-Wish triathlon in Cambridge, MD consisted of several different races.  Mike McDonald competed in the USATMA Ultra Championship- 2.4 Mile Swim, 112 Mile Bike, 26.2 Mile Run. He finished with a time of 12 hours, 10 minutes.  Pedro Meneses competed in the Skipjack  - 1.2 Mile Swim, 64 Mile Bike, 10 Mile Run.  He finished with a time of 5 hours, 44 minutes.

Another large component of the Make-A-Wish tri is fundraising.  Competitors work hard before the race not only training, but raising funds to help support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.  This wonderful organization grants wishes for local children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.  With the average cost of a wish being $7500, donations from generous race supporters is very important.  This year, the Montgomery County firefighter team raised just over $11,000 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  Firefighters TJ Monahan was the top fundraiser this year. TJ has been doing this for over 15 years and has collected over $150,000.00.  So when you see him tell him a big thank you!!!!

All of this year's participants had a great time and are excited for next year's race! They are hoping more people will consider participating in the event next year!!  Congratulations to all who participated in these events and represent the county and raise money for the kids!!!!

2012 Make-A-Wish Triathlon Team
Captain Robert Stojinski
Firefighter TJ Monahan
Firefighter Gino Reynosa
Lieutenant Pedro Meneses
Firefighter Mike McDonald
Team JKD
Master Firefighter Kathy Evans
Firefighter Jessica Romano
Deirdre Sugrue
Team SM2
Lieutenant Maria Brown
Firefighter Shantell Brown
Firefighter Marrenda Markham

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