By Ron Ayotte, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Six Marlborough Firefighters took part in the third annual B-Fit Challenge held Jan. 27 at the TD Garden in Boston along with over 300 other teams.
The B-Fit Challenge is a fundraiser sponsored by the Boston Bruins Foundation for the 100 Club, which provides benefits to the families of firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty, providing financial assistance, scholarships, vocational guidance, and a summer camp for the children of fallen heroes.
Teams were made up police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, military personnel and civilians, who came from all over New England to take part in the event. Over $353,000 was raised for the 100 Club.
The challenge was to climb up the stairs and briskly walk along the concourses of each level of the TD Garden. There were three course levels set up: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
The Marlborough Fire Team consisted of Eric Brugger, Dan Burnell, Matt Armour, Ken Hancock, Mike Reilly and Jon Ayotte. The team participated wearing full turnout gear (helmet, bunker coats and pants, boots and wearing self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which weighs approximately 60 pounds
The B-Fit foundation also sponsors the Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament, held at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough. The Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament is run by Marlborough resident Mike Matros, who is a firefighter-paramedic for the Sudbury Fire Department. The 3rd annual tournament will held this year Friday April 12 through Sunday, April 14.
Donations to the B-Fit Foundation may be made until Wednesday, Feb. 20. For more information visit www.nhl.com/bruins/community/bfit.