Oceans Marathon
Photo Credit: City of Cape Town

Jermaine Carelse and Renaldo Duncan showed the Two Oceans Marathon flames last year when they competed in their full kit. Back at it again in 2024, the firefighters are ready to turn the heat up a notch, and fuel as much impact as possible!


Cape Town, South Africa (25 March 2024) — If you were glued to the 2023 Two Oceans Marathon, you’ll know that two runners stood out for obvious reasons. Jermaine Carelse and Renaldo Duncan trekked the Half Marathon in their full firefighting kits (helmets and all), making them a quick crowd favourite and an obvious symbol of impact in motion!

The pair had signed up to raise funds for Volunteer Wildfire Services who rely on donations to provide life-saving services in the event of wildfires—an all-too-common occurrence in the Western Cape, especially recently.

“Cape Town has had one of the most extraordinary wildfire seasons in history, and it has pushed firefighting agencies to the limit. We would have been far worse off without the members of the Volunteer Wildfire Services, working side by side with career firefighters on the frontline, to protect lives and property,” shares Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith on the importance of the volunteers.

Hoping to boost fundraising for the volunteer services, the professional Cape Town firefighters saw running the Two Oceans Half Marathon as a way to fuel VWS’s impact. For the duo, competing in their full kit was as much about the symbolism of the firefighters’ mission as it was about spotlighting the unsung service volunteers.

Together, they welcomed a small fortune for the cause; spotlighting the efforts and winning the hearts of the Western Cape for their dedication.

So what comes next when you’ve completed your mission? You do it again with even more reason to push harder!

This year, Jermaine and Renaldo are adding even more weight to the challenge by wearing extra fire gear and equipment that few marathon runners would ever consider hitting the road with. Breathing apparatus sets, including heavy cylinders, will join Jermaine and Renaldo on the road and test them in not only how well they can run, but how much they can endure.

Renaldo explains that this add-on emulates even more of the “weight and the strain” that firefighters carry when they are on-scene and performing duties; making training completely different compared to the last marathon thanks to an extra weight of around 10 kilos of breathing apparatus.

But, as Jermaine puts it:

“You conquer a mountain by taking the small steps.”

All donations for Jermaine and Renaldo’s big run can be made here.

Sources: Volunteer Wildfire Services, City of Cape Town 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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