Photo Credit: The City of Cape Town

Two Cape Town firefighters are taking on a slice of the Two Oceans Marathon in their full firefighting gear!


Cape Town (12 April, 2023) — Bringing fire and water into the same equation, two Cape Town firefighters are gearing up to tackle the Two Oceans Half Marathon this weekend, in a kit few other athletes would dare to adorn.

Jermaine Carelse and Renaldo Duncan will tackle a slice of the Two Oceans Marathon in their full fire-fighting kits, setting out to sweat fearlessly and inspire change in the process.

Jermaine and Renaldo have both been dedicated firefighters in their own respects, serving decades of service and rescues. Carelse is based at the Goodwood fire station while Duncan is based at the Sir Lowry’s Pass Fire Station.

Soon, the ‘runaway firefighters’ will venture to Newlands to begin the brave 21.1 km journey, all with a goal to raise support and donations for the Volunteer Wildfire Service.

Can they do it with all that kit? Well, they’ve actually done it before. And this isn’t the first time that local firefighters have done epic things beyond their regular life-saving day jobs, like Emile Conrad who competed in the World Firefighter Games.

As for Jermaine and Renaldo, their goal is to tackle the beaten path with a time of 02H40, or faster.

“Our Safety and Security staff members do so much to make us proud, and this is but the latest example of individuals going above and beyond, and for such a great cause to boot. I want to wish Jermaine and Renaldo all the very best for their adventure.

It is no easy feat, but I have full confidence in their abilities. I also want to encourage the public to please donate what they can to the Volunteer Wildfire Service, which is the non-profit that our runaway firefighters are drumming up support for. The VWS is an incredible partner to the various firefighting agencies, and every little bit helps to keep them on the fire line when we need them most,” — Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Donations to the VWS can be made directly via their website or via their Facebook page.

Source: The City of Cape Town
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