WHEELING - Ohio County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Bracher-Musty is at it again - this time with a money-raising challenge consisting of two half-marathons and a non-stop 24-hour climb-and-repel at the Ohio County Sheriff's Department building.
Dubbed the Mount Everest Extreme Endurance Challenge, slated Aug. 10-11, the event involves Bracher-Musty, a native of Great Britain, and five other participants putting their bodies and minds through the tasks. They include Deputy Rich White, Deputy Kris Waechter, Sheriff's Sgt. Alex Espejo, Wheeling Police Cpl. Dave Gittings and Army Maj. Kevin Hazuka, who is a former Bluefield, W.Va., police officer.
Funds raised will be split evenly between Help for Heroes, a British charity, and the Green Beret Foundation, an American charity. Bracher-Musty said he would like to raise a total of $20,000.
The challenge kicks off with the run at 7 a.m. Aug. 10. It will use the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic race course. Following the first run, the climb and repel will commence at the sheriff's office on 16th Street. It calls for the men to climb and repel an amount equivalent to reaching the peak of Mount Everest - 29,029 feet - or up and down the building a total of 926 times.
Bracher-Musty has conducted other extreme physical challenges in the past to raise money for various charities. And the more extreme, the better. He noted this is the first time he's gotten to do a challenge in person with Hazuka. In 2010, while Bracher-Musty was conducting the 100-Mile Schiffler Endurance Challenge, benefiting the Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital, Hazuka and his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan held a 10-mile Fun Run Fight For Cancer to complement Bracher-Musty's event. This time Hazuka will be running, climbing and repelling alongside Bracher-Musty in person.
''We've both lost people close to us and we wanted to do our bit,'' Bracher-Musty said, noting British and American soldiers have worked closely together in Iraq and Afghanistan for many years. ''We wanted to support two causes. We wanted to do something for both countries.''
Wheeling Fire Department Chief Larry Helms said his department has addressed safety scenarios with the group to prepare them for the challenge. On Wednesday, team members practiced repelling off a parking garage next to fire headquarters in Center Wheeling and as a demonstration of sorts for media members.
''I'm proud of everybody and the effort they're putting forth for the veterans and the troops,'' Sheriff Pat Butler said.
In addition to the 2010 challenge for the Schiffler Cancer Center, Bracher-Musty's other fundraiser endurance challenges included one for the American Red Cross in 2008 and the cancer centers at Wheeling Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center in 2009.
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