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For a good cause – Firefighter runs from Flensburg to Garmisch-Patenkirchen

Sebastian Pohl and nine other firefighters ran 1,088 kilometers to raise money for Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid). They collected a total of more than ? 23,000.

Helping others and doing good – Sebastian Pohl lives up to that principle every day in his job as a firefighter for the Freudenberg Group. But that isn’t enough for him – he is also regularly involved in charitable events in his free time. In May, for instance, he participated in the charity run for Deutsche Krebshilfe. Freudenberg supported Pohl by giving him a leave of absence to take part in the run.

What Sebastian Pohl enjoys most are activities that allow him to combine his two passions: fundraising and sports. So when his friend Hanjo Kaminski asked him to participate in a very Special “tour of Germany” – ten firefighters planning to run the length of Germany wearing full firefighting gear in order to raise money for Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) – he jumped at the chance. The 1,088-kilometer run, starting in Flensburg and ending Garmisch-Partenkirchen, took them a mere eight days.

Heavy load


The aim of the firefighters’ run was to attract attention. The group of men proved the impossible becomes possible through cooperation and a strong team. They distributed the running between themselves to cover the distance from Flensburg Firth to Germany?s southern border to cover as much as 144 kilometers every day. The breathing apparatus worn on their backs was the baton that runners exchanged at each handover. The breathing apparatus added a few kilos to the weight they carried on each leg of the run: in total, the firefighting equipment added an extra 20-25 kilos for each runner. Not only that, but the regulation uniform is heat-resistant in order to make it flameproof, which also meant there was no way to disperse body heat.

There was a great deal of symbolism behind this extreme run, “Cancer is a difficult journey for victims and their families,” Pohl said. “We suffered on this run and raised money to create awareness of the fate of cancer patients.” Cancer is an ever-present disease – about half a million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by the disease. That also holds true for Sebastian Pohl: his uncle died of cancer, which is why he wore a picture of him pinned to his firefighting suit during the run.

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