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REASON TO RUN

Firefighter 5K race spotlights heart health

From left, Joe Sgarlata of Niskayuna, Linda Stump of Clifton Park and Lori Francesconi of Waterford give it their all in the final yards of the fifth annual Run 4 Your Life 5K in Schenectady's Central Park.
From left, Joe Sgarlata of Niskayuna, Linda Stump of Clifton Park and Lori Francesconi of Waterford give it their all in the final yards of the fifth annual Run 4 Your Life 5K in Schenectady's Central Park.
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When Brian Demarest runs into a burning building, a familiar instinct kicks in. Fight or flight? His nervous system kicks into high gear, his muscles tense, adrenaline is released into his bloodstream, his heart rate and blood pressure skyrocket. “You have to gather this courage and let it take over your body and mind, because when you’re under duress, you’re either going to shut down or you’re going to do your job,” he said. “Training ...


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