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Onalaska Firefighter Adds 40 lb Obstacle to 13 Mile Run

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Firefighter Cory Taylor is used to donning plenty of heavy and protective gear when heading out on calls.

"It takes some getting used to at first," Taylor said. "I think it's somewhere around 40 lbs."

The basics of Taylor's firefighter suit are a helmet, jacket, pants, air pack and boots – and on Saturday, he'll be running 13 miles in all of that gear.

Or almost all of it.

"I'm wearing everything but boots. I'm going to wear running shoes," Taylor said.

Taylor will be participating in the Oktoberfest half marathon in an effort to raise money for an organization named Code 3 for a Cure.  

"Code 3 for a Cure provides funds for firefighters who have cancer and are in a financial hardship," Taylor said.

"I think he's demonstrating just the generosity of our firefighters," said Onalaska Assistant Fire Chief Troy Gudie. "I think it speaks volumes about our department."

"Firefighters are always there if anybody else has a problem," Taylor added, "or in other peoples' time of need. So I think it's good if we can give back a little bit to these guys when they need it."

Taylor said he hopes people at this Saturday's run will take notice of his effort and be motivated to donate to code three for a cure.

You can donate to Taylor's cause here.

"I plan on doing two or three of these events a year," Taylor said. "As people see me and learn more about Code 3 for a Cure, and if they decide they want to help out, that would be great." 

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