Athletes compete to support Bethany Beach first responders

BETHANY BEACH, Del. – Hundreds of people will be racing along the Delaware coastline in Bethany Beach this weekend to support their local first responders.

The event featuring a triathlon, half marathon and 5K will be bringing the community together to help raise money for the Bethany Beach Fire Company.

According to the town’s first responders, there are not enough funds to pay for crucial things like new equipment.

“Most volunteer fire companies have to raise funds their selves, and this event helps to give us some funds,” said Alice Hopple, an ambulance driver at Bethany Beach.

The race director also said that the competitions have already helped to donate over a hundred thousand dollars to the Bethany Beach Fire Company in the past.

“It’s a two-day weekend event, and our major beneficiary of the event is the Bethany Beach Fire Company Station 70,” said Rick Hundley, the race director.

“We’re doing this for them, and [the number] of first responders in this community is growing rapidly,” said Hundley.

According to the race director, this is the first year that the fundraiser has become an entire weekend-long sports event.

For those interested in donating to the fire company, click here.