Bergen firefighter walks 48 miles to support children’s charity

LYNDHURST, NJ — A volunteer firefighter and Bergen County councilor is raising money for first responder children, while training for a two-day running challenge.

Victor Roveda participates in the “4x4x48“challenge of running four miles every four hours, a total of 48 miles, over two days (48 hours).

Roveda has been a volunteer firefighter for the Lyndhurst Fire Department since 2018 and also works as a student aid counselor at Union City High School.

David Goginsan American ultramarathon runner, started the 4x4x48 challenge and encourages people to raise money for charity.

Roveda raises funds for the First Responders Children’s Foundation. It was important to him to choose a charity that benefits the children of all first responders, not just firefighters.

This foundation supports the children of first responders across the country through scholarships, resources, and bereavement and mental health activities.

Roveda, a licensed counsellor, said the mental health support “made it easier to choose” to select this charity.

Roveda’s GoFundMe Page can be found here. He will take up the challenge from March 4 to 6. As of Friday morning, the page was more than halfway to a $5,000 goal.

Running is something Roveda does often, averaging 20-30 miles per week.

“Last year a few friends and I started this challenge just to see if we could do it,” he said. “We didn’t collect any money, it was more for fun.”

Courtesy of Victor Roveda.

He said training this year has been a bit difficult. As a father of two girls under 3, finding time can be a challenge.

“All my training starts at 4:30 a.m.,” Roveda said, with the exception of Saturday — the race starts at 4 a.m. Saturday and is his longest of the week.

Roveda said he has partnered with Break the Mold Fitness in Lyndhurst, where he and his group will start their first run. He will also run at Retro Fitness in North Arlington, creating two separate four-mile courses for the day.

He has a group of people who will take on the whole challenge with him, and said other supporters are welcome to keep the group company.

“It’s not easy trying to find people to run every four hours for 48 hours,” he said. “Anyone who wants to participate in the challenge and show their support can walk, bike, hike, do push-ups, jumping jacks or any other form of exercise every four hours, for 48 hours. fire isn’t that big, so I don’t have anyone but me who’s up for the whole challenge.”

The group will meet at Break The Mold Fitness (601 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst) on Friday, March 4 at 4 p.m. for their first run.

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