Why We Run

The Burn Run was developed by the East Syracuse Fire Department and organized by a dedicated committee of firefighters. The race includes a 5K and 10K nationally certified race, as well as kids fun run.

In 2006, the East Syracuse Fire Department started a race for firefighters to promote physical fitness in the departments. Our first line of defense against severe burn injuries is our firefighters. They are not only trained in technical firefighting strategies, they are also combat ready physically fit men and women the public counts on to save them during fire calls.  The Burn Run is one of the few New York State races that promotes the health and fitness of firefighters.  

The East Syracuse Fire Department has, since the race's inception, donated funds to help burn survivors treated at local hospitals.  In 2011, ESFD shifted its focus when the Burn Foundation of Central New York was formed and it was decided to give the proceeds of the race to the Burn Foundation. The primary function of the fund is paying for children with burn injuries to attend Burn Camp where they have an opportunity to interact with other adolescents that have suffered through similar injuries and to receive emotional and physical support.  A few of the other projects sponsored by the Burn Foundation are directly helping burn survivors treated at local hospitals purchase durable equipment as well as paying for services not covered by their insurance.

The Burn Run is growing every year!  Race participants and race sponsors enjoy supporting our cause and many return year after year! We welcome new runners, spectators and sponsors every year!  We hope you will continue your generous support of our endeavor to make life better for burn survivors. Come enjoy a day with your friends and family by running and supporting the Burn Foundation of Central New York. There will be an opportunity to meet firefighters from around the state, and survivors that have benefited from the public's support of this wonderful event. 

Make A Donation

Would you like to help burn survivors and send children to Burn Camp? To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check made out to the "East Syracuse Fire Department" with a memo noting The Burn Run to:

East Syracuse Fire Department
Attn: The Burn Run
204 N. Center St.
East Syracuse, NY 13057


The Burn Run presented the donation from the 2017 Burn Run to Jim Ennis, Chairman of the Burn Foundation of Central New York. Once again, we were able to raise $10,000 for this great cause. Thank you to the members of the East Syracuse Fire Department, runners, sponsors, volunteers, and community members for all of your hard work and dedication to the 2017 race. We can't wait to see what this year has in store for us!