Md. EMT to run ultramarathon for PPE fundraiser

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Volunteer EMT Ashley Donovan will run more than 100 miles in 24 hours to raise money for the squad

By Laura French

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A volunteer EMT in Maryland plans to run more than 100 miles in 24 hours to help her squad raise money for PPE. 

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad EMT Ashley Donovan will run the solo ultramarathon around a firehouse this weekend to encourage donations, according to NBC Washington. Donovan said she is running alone to abide by social distancing and hopes to complete more than 500 laps around the station between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. 

The initiative, called Rescue1UltraRun, serves the dual purpose of providing protective equipment for the volunteer agency and allowing Donovan to fulfill her love of running, as many races she planned to attend this year have been canceled. 

Donovan says any extra money that doesn't go toward PPE will help the agency continue normal operations throughout the pandemic. Some of the money will also go toward Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization Feed the Fight, which delivers meals to first responders and medical personnel. 

According to the donation page for Rescue1UltraRun, more than $4,800 has been raised so far. 

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad plans to livestream Donovan's run on its Facebook page to raise awareness of the fundraiser and of the importance of volunteer emergency personnel. 


Pvt. Ashley Donovan will run the ~0.2 mi loop around our station continuously for 24 hours, raising awareness of the importance of volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics in our emergency medical systems. Participating couldn't be easier, share this with your friends and tune in to the live stream here: If you would like to donate towards Ashley's cause and support volunteer personnel, you can do so at

Posted by Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad on Wednesday, May 6, 2020


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