NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — A Northport firefighter will miss eight weeks of work after injuring his leg running a 26 mile charity marathon in Memphis Saturday.
Manuel Jimenez wears a cast now and needs crutches to walk. He fractured his tibia on his left leg. This past Saturday, Jimenez competed to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Jimenez says he felt bad he couldn’t finish the race.
“It was really disappointing and I was heartbroken I couldn’t finish something. Because these kids are going through so much with cancer treatments and going through all this pain and stuff, and they are fighting for their lives every single day. And they are dealing with it, and the fact that I couldn’t finish this race, it was just disappointing to me and heartbreaking,” Jimenez said.
The firefighter ran the marathon wearing his full 60-pound set of firefighting gear. Jimenez began feeling pain around mile 15; doctors pulled him out of the marathon at mile 22, concerned he had injured himself.
Jimenez says even though he was sad he couldn’t finish, he is happy he was able to raise $8,000 dollars for kids and cancer research for St. Jude.