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Sacramento firefighters, Folsom officer finish marathon laden with gear

Folsom police Officer Eric Baade grabs water as he runs through Fair Oaks Village during the California International Marathon, Sunday, December 6, 2015.
Folsom police Officer Eric Baade grabs water as he runs through Fair Oaks Village during the California International Marathon, Sunday, December 6, 2015. Special to The Bee

Three out of four first responders who attempted the California International Marathon in heavy work clothes completed the race on Sunday.

The fourth, Capt. Mike Mora, gave it a good try, before his knee failed him. He still did 10 miles before pulling up lame.

He later joined his fellow firefighters, Richard Alamo and Chuck Godtfredsen, at the finish line. The two finished the marathon in just under six hours.

All three ran in full turnout coats, heavy trousers and leather helmets. A pair of pants and a coat weighed a combined 15 pounds. The helmet, with chin strap, added about another 4 pounds.

Meanwhile, Folsom police Officer Eric Baade, also encumbered by his work tools and uniform, finished in 4 hours, 28 minutes.

Baade was in long pants and uniform shirt during the marathon. He also had body armor under his shirt.

On his duty belt, he wore his firearm, pepper spray and handcuffs. The total extra weight of the belt and uniform came in at about 14 pounds.

Mora, Alamo and Godtfredsen ran to raise money for the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home and the Fire Family Foundation. The Receiving Home helps children who suffer from abuse and neglect, and the Fire Family Foundation assists people in need. Donations totaled $7,000 on Monday.

Baade hoped to bring awareness and support to families of fallen officers.

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Money donated on a Gofundme page will be used to help his motorcycle team attend the Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week in Washington, D.C., where they will escort families of fallen officers attending events. Any proceeds above travel costs will be donated to the Northern California chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors.

The Gofundme account totaled about $3,800 on Monday.

Thousands of runners kicked off the 2015 California International Marathon near Folsom Dam in Folsom on Sunday, December 6. The 26.2-mile route will end at the state Capitol in Sacramento.

10,000 runners participate in the 33rd annual marathon from Folsom to downtown Sacramento. Elite racers use finish times to qualify for the Boston Marathon or Olympic Marathon trials.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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