Annual ‘Fire Run’ to blaze through La Jolla on Sunday

If you go

■ When: 8 a.m. Aug. 26 (Registration be- gins 6:30 a.m.)

■ Where: Starts at Prospect Street and Gi- rard Avenue in the Village, heads south to Mission Boulevard and Feldspar in Pacific Beach. (Registration at Prospect Street and Fay Avenue)

■ Cost: $48 ■ Info: k

By Pat Sherman

The 13th annual End of Summer Fire Run will make its way through town this Sunday, Aug. 26, beginning at 8 a.m. at the corner of Prospect Street and Girard Avenue.

The four-mile trek draws about 2,000 participants each year, winding south through WindanSea and Bird Rock, then heading onto Mission Boulevard and ending at Feldspar Street in Pacific Beach.

“It’s really a great distance for families,” said event organizer Kathy Loper. “It’s not a hilly course and there are only two turns. You see a lot of families out there pushing baby joggers, and it still draws the really fast runners.”

The run raises money for the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation, which purchases needed equipment for San Diego firefighters, paramedics and lifeguards that is not supported by the city’s budget. Last year’s event raised $15,000.

Wendy Robinson, executive director of the Fire Rescue Foundation, said its mission is to provide equipment, training and technology for San Diego’s emergency responders, such as collar microphones, which allow firefighters hands-free communication while they are working.

The foundation also helps purchase VHF radios, which allow firefighters to work collaboratively with emergency response teams from outside the area when fighting wildfires, and thermal imaging cameras, which allow firefighters to see hotspots through smoke and darkness by rendering infrared radiation as visible light.

The foundation further provides emergency preparedness education for high-risk groups, such as students and seniors.

Robinson said the foundations budget is “a moving target,” and depends on the city’s an- nual budget and what the needs are.

“The need really is there to keep the city fire department at the world-class level that it’s at,” she said. “We definitely could spend $200,000 or more (annually).”