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From Melbourne to Adelaide in 48 hours? For these runners, no worries
A team of Metropolitan Fire Service personnel has crossed the River Murray in the dead of the night for a worthy cause.
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A dozen fundraising firefighters have completed an incredible feat, running 740 kilometres from Melbourne to Adelaide in less than 48 hours.
You could be forgiven if you missed the participants in the Road Awareness Run as they passed through the Murraylands this week.
They went through Tailem Bend around 1am and crossed the old Murray Bridge around 3.40am on Wednesday, at the tail end of their incredible journey.
Sharing road safety messages from the Metropolitan Fire Service.
“Statistics show that road crashes are one of the major causes of death and serious injury for 16-24-year-olds in South Australia,” support crew member Josh Byerlee said.
“(The Road Awareness Program) seeks to empower the next generation of drivers to reduce the number of road crashes by making safer choices.”
They also aimed to raise $25,000 for the Australian Professional Firefighters’ Foundation, which supports firefighters, their families and members of the community who have suffered in fires or road accidents; and donates equipment to the burns ward at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Run organiser Leif Christiansen said he was excited about making a difference.
“It’s the intrinsic nature of our firefighters to do things for the good of the community regardless of whether we’re at work or not,” he said.
The runners pulled into the MFS station in Adelaide’s CBD at 9am on Wednesday.
A group of MFS firefighters last completed a similar trek 30 years ago.
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