Serving others has been the family business for Auffart. He was raised in Anderson Township, where his father worked for the Cincinnati Fire Department for 28 years. His brother is a firefighter in Union Township. "It's what I grew up with," Auffart said.
Auffart served Northern Kentucky as a firefighter for more than 21 years, working his way up to the rank of Fire Chief in both Newport and Fort Mitchell. I have never seen him without a smile on his face - and he just puts off a can-do vibe.
"I remember a fire right here on Central in Newport," Auffart recalled. "The whole front of the building burned off while we were in there. You just never know what you are getting into."
all fire photos Courtesy: Katie Woodring Photograpy
I wondered if there are parallels between fighting fires and a running marathon.
"You have to have no fear." Auffart admitted. "When it gets tough, that is when your training kicks in."
Auffart joked over breakfast that people have told him he was crazy for running into a burning building and now say the same for running ultras.
"I just love seeing how far I can push my body," Auffart said. "I love the strategy of the long events and running with other people."
Auffart is running with Tri-State Running Company in Northern Kentucky. This year he is the pace group leader for the group training for the Flying Pig. "I love all of the excitement of the Flying Pig," Auffart said. "Once I ran the Pig, I just wanted to do it again and again."
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