October 18, 2023
The Penguin man was dubbed Australia’s fastest firefighter last month, climbing the 28 floors of Melbourne’s Crown Metropol hotel in 3minutes 42seconds. He achieved the feat with 25kg of full breathing apparatus kit on and raised money for cancer research in the process.
“The Melbourne Firefighter Stairclimb is a great annual event and was really good to go to and lot’s of fun. It raised money for the Peter Mac Foundation, Triple Zero Foundation and Lifeline and firefighters from all around Australia were involved and at present they’re sitting at around $641,000 raised for charity this year,” Von Moger said of the stair climb challenge.
Next Sunday he will share the start line with another Australian running legend, 10km record holder and defending champion Jack Rayner.
“I certainly don’t expect to be up there at the front of the field. It is amazing how we get such good athletes to an event like this though, it’ll be terrific to line up with them. I did the stairclimb in 3mintutes 42seconds and I think the Burnie 10 is going to take me a lot longer than that,” he laughed.
While his training leading up to the firefighter challenge was different, he said he’s enjoyed the training for the 39th Strait Link Burnie 10.
“We’re there to work and serve for the community, so any time we get a chance like this to participate in the community it’s really important, as we’re part of the community,” Von Moger added.
Race Director Richard Welsh said it was terrific that events like the Strait Link Burnie 10 attracted so many different stories.
“When you have thousands of people doing these events, you get many interesting stories and Marlon’s is another of them. I’m sure he’ll enjoy running in the Strait Link Burnie 10 without the turn out gear. I’m a volunteer firey and know how heavy that stuff is, so it’s a remarkable achievement climbing 28 floors so quickly,” Welsh said.