Several swimmers rush out of the gate to be the first to dive into Schram Pond.

As equipment becomes more specialized and regulations get tighter, the budgets of some of Delaware County’s emergency response departments are getting stretched thin.

In order to give back and help these departments continue to operate, a group aiming to help raise money for these local emergency services will once again host its annual endurance event in Manchester.

The Hero Hustle Sprint Triathlon includes a 400-yard swim, 16-mile bike ride and a 5K run and will pit local fire, ambulance and law enforcement teams against each other for a little friendly competition. The Hero Hustle includes individuals and teams from the general public as well.

Sunday, Aug. 25 will mark the fourth year of the race, which starts and ends at Schram Pond in Manchester. The event is open to the public and spectators are encouraged to come watch and cheer on the athletes. New this year, Aunt Emmy’s will have its food truck on site during the event.

To register, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Manchester/HeroHustleSprintTriathlon. The website is also linked to the Hustle Sprint Triathlon Facebook page where additional information on the event can be found. Questions can also be asked by sending a message to the Facebook page or by emailing herohustletri@gmail.com.

The Hero Hustle is open to everyone and event organizers said they will take registration applications up to the day of the race. But, to be guaranteed a t-shirt, you must be registered by Aug. 16.

For those who want to contribute to the effort but aren’t ready to bike, swim and run, the group is always looking for volunteers to help coordinate the roughly 150-plus participants that show up to race.

Erin Learn, a member of the seven-person organizational committee, said when all is said and done (contacting sponsors, processing applications, collecting money, etc.), they have about 100 hours of time donated to the cause.

Last year, the group was able to donate $2,200 to Delaware County EMS and $2,200 to Delaware County Fire. Additionally, Hero Hustle awarded a $500 prize to the departments that finished first as a team and individually. During the 2018 event, Earlville Fire Department was the first-place team in the Delaware County Fire-EMS-Law Enforcement category and Jim Hauschild, with the Manchester Police Department, was the first-place individual in the category.