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Staying Fit, Fighting Fires and Supporting Friends with Martha Schoppe

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Martha Schoppe (pronounced Shop-pe) is no ordinary fire fighter.  She is part of a 20 person crew out of Durango, Colorado made up of 3 women and 17 men, part of the Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service.  They work 80-100 hours a week from April to October fighting wilderness fires.  Periodically they are called into help with structural fires but mostly they hike up and around mountains with 30-50 lbs of supplies (including shelter, food and equipment.)

Once she joined the 20 person Hot Shot Crew, she started running 4-5 miles 3 times a week to meet the fitness demands until she decided to join her sister on a Half Marathon in Denver 2011.  She has never looked back since.  That same year, she ran the Moab Trail Marathon and fell in love with trail running. 

In addition to participating in Power Lifting, Cross Fit and Ju-Jitsu Competitions, Martha completed the Chimera 100 Mile Run 2013, Susitna 100 Mile (self supported) Run 2014. 

While away fighting fires, Martha decided to support a friend battling breast cancer by cutting and shaving her hair as she reached certain dollar amounts in fundraising.  Please support Martha’s efforts here: https://www.youcaring.com/nurseinneed