Rice Lake Fire Department Hosts Frantz Red Run 5K

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 28, 2018 10:38 PM

DULUTH- The Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department gathered folks for the fifth annual 'Frantz Red Run 5K’ to commemorate firefighters who have passed away in the line of duty Saturday.

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The 5K took off at Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department. 

The annual run was created in honor of late fire chief Matthew Frantz who died of a heart attack in 2013.

Frantz's love for running and giving back to the community inspired the event.

All the proceeds go to the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

"We're promoting heart health and active lifestyles in the community. Being firefighters in Rice Lake, we're also stewards of the community, so that's why this event is so important to us," Mark Niemi, the race director, said.

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in firefighters.

The family friendly 5K encourages everyone to wear red to symbolize firefighting and increase awareness about heart health through a healthy lifestyle.


Alejandra Palacios

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