Mission 61 is a FireK campaign to highlight the fact that 61% of the firefighter deaths between 2002-2016 were caused by Cancer. This statistic is well above the national average. 

Between now and FireK 20, Runners and walkers will join forces to log 6100 collective Kilometers ( Roughly the distance between Grovetown Ga, and the North Pole!) To draw attention to this alarming trend. 

You can help FireK bring awareness to this epidemic by running or walking 10K for FireK! You don't need to run or walk it all at once- simply upload a screen shot of your run/walk ( using an app like Endomondo, or Map my Run) to your FB- and tag the  "FireK FiveK's Mission 61" FB page for each segment you run. Use these tags @10K4FireK and #TheMission61Challenge!

We'll do the rest! When you complete your 10K, Challenge a friend or co-worker, we'll verify your posts, and send you your very own tri-blend "Mission61" T-shirt!

If you'd like to help more, then keep running, and keep tagging!!! You can also ask your friends, family, or others to sponsor you for each kilometer you run/walk, and have them submit payment through this link:

Donators should specify in the comment section the runner/walkers name, and "For Mission 61".

The person who runs the most kilometers, and the person who raises the most money between now and October 3rd will be recognized at FireK  and at 2021's FireK banquet!!

The money raised by this project will help offset the cost of preemptive cancer screenings for firefighters. For every 100K that is walked or run, FireK will provide a no-cost cancer screening for an at risk firefighter. 

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While this list is not complete, here are links to great local races. We'll update the list every month, adding events we find around the CSRA. Firefighters from FIREK will be at any of the races with a red link- Feel free to join us there! Mention Mission 61 to one of our runners, and get a free "FireK" bracelet or sticker for the kids! 


  • March 6th: March (St Pat's) Pub Run 

  • March 7th: 3 Bridges 5K & 10K

                       MS Walk

                       Heart and Sole 5K

                     ​Peyton's Wild and wacky 10x5K