Olds firefighter Noel D'Arcy is going to try to get his name into the Guiness World Record book on Sunday, August 18th. D'Arcy will also be raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation when he puts on full firefighting gear - including an air tank and breathing through the apparatus - in order to run in the Servus Edmonton Marathon.
**(Update at 6pm on Sunday, August 18th)**
A firefighter from Olds was unable to get his name into the Guiness World Record book on Sunday, August 18th.
Noel D'Arcy needed to complete a half marathon in Edmonton while wearing full firefighter gear - including an air tank and breathing through the apparatus - in 3 and a half hours or less.
Unfortunately, D'Arcy says he ran into breathing difficulties and ended up having to lose the mask.
He continued on with all of the other 70 pounds of firefighting gear on, but that ended the world record attempt.
D'Arcy says his shoulders are sore from running with the air tank on but adds he is in good spirits.
According to the Edmonton Marathon website, Noel D'Arcy finished the total half marathon distance of 21.1 kilometers in just under 4 hours (chip time 3:53.04/gun time 3:55.51).
A fire fighter from Olds will look significantly different than most of the runners participating in the Servus Edmonton Marathon.
This Sunday, August 18th Noel D'Arcy will be attempting to set a Guiness World Record by running the half marathon in full firefighter gear.
The world record attempt for D'Arcy will also allow him to raise more money for the Terry Fox Foundation.
Visit the Facebook pages of the Olds Fire Department or the town of Olds to support and sponsor Noel.
In order to achieve the world record he will have to finish the Edmonton marathon in 3 in a half hours.
D'Arcy says he prepared for it by wearing all the gear and completing a 10 kilometer race in Calgary back in May in just over an hour and 20 minutes.
(Photo of Noel D'Arcy & Sam Lutz courtesy of Olds Fire Department Facebook page)