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9/15/2018
Fort Pierce Day 2

Today saw the return of Challenge Legends MacKenzie Briggs and Kevin Vater, they battled it out with their partners(aaron Piering and Jeff Vater) for the open tandem championship, coming first and second. We also saw a ton of female relay teams, but the "We Just Met" team came out on top. We'll see you next week 2000 miles away in Carlsbad, NM.

9/14/2018
Fort Pierce Day 1

Today we saw Ana Ruzevic enter the Lion's Den with a 2:50. Team Firecraft took the team category with a commanding performance. More relays and tandems tomorrow.

9/11/2018
Worlds Hotels Posted

We now have more host hotel information for Sacramento. There's a new link on the worlds page or you can just go directly there.

9/1/2018
Grand Island Day 1

Despite some overnight rain, it was a nice day to see the Nebraska state fair. Rapid City took the team victory for the third event in a row, putting them in the middle of a tough three way race for the GNC (Huntley 212, Lonnie's Minions 182, Rapid City 180). David Egdorf also took first place in the open category for the first time in 2018.

8/18/2018
Elko Day 2

We saw a Kuwaiti competitor take first for the first time here, with Yousef Al Qallaf winning both male and coed tandems (with Sören and Jacqueline). Rapid City won the relay by just a hair, while Walt White and Clint Madden took the over 50 tandems. We'll see you in two weeks at the Nebraska State Fair, in Grand Island.

8/17/2018
Elko Day 1

It was a nice day for racing here in Elko, Nevada. Today we saw Sören Warzok win the open competition for the first time. Rapid city won the team category, while we saw the return of some past competitors in the over 50 category, with Clint Madden and Walt White. Tandems and relays tomorrow.

8/4/2018
Longmont Day 2

Hobbs and Team ATX battled it out with many other fast teams here in Longmont. At the end of the day, Hobbs took the relay championship. We'll be in Elko, NV next week.

8/3/2018
Longmont Day 1
Rapid City took the team championship for the first time this year. We saw a great run by Fraser O'Niell to win the individual, while Todd Krukow added to his GNC point total with yet another over 40 win. Tandems and relays are tomorow.

7/25/2018
World Challenge XXVII
Registration for World Challenge XXVII, in Sacramento, California is now open. The event will take place in front of the State Capitol on 10th Street, starting Monday morning, October 22 and follow our customary paradigm of four days of Wild Card eliminations and two days of World Championships.Hotel information is being assembled by our hosts, who remind me that Air BnB and other housing opportunities abound within and around the city.

7/14/2018
Bloomington, MN Day 2

One more event is in the books. We saw Lonnie's Minions win the relay category, with the clever strategy of not letting Todd Krukow run 30 tandems. We also saw Shane Farmer partner up and win the open and over 40 tandem categories (with Ryan Fitzgerald and Russell Krasnesky.) We're off for the next few weeks until Longmont, Colorado... See you there.

7/13/2018
Bloomington, MN Day 1

The challenge has returned to the Mall of America after a 16 year hiatus. We saw some blazing fast times, espcially including Ryan Fitzgerald, who once again set the fastest run of the season, a 1:18.10. Ryan has run 4 times this year and has the fastest four times. Huntley fire took gold in the team category once again. Relays and tandems tomorrow.

7/11/2018
Seattle Event Cancelled

Despite our best efforts, we're going to have to try heading to the northwest next year. Chief Richard Burke and Chief James Hilliard worked hard to try and bring the challenge there, but it just didn't work out this year. Contrary to rumors, the official website is the place for the authoritative voice of the Firefighter Combat Challenge

6/30/2018
Montgomery, AL Day 2

Around 200 firefighters competed today, our biggest day of the season. Unfortunately, with just a few races to go a storm struck, and we had to delay finishing the event. The competitors perservered through the elements, with Montgomery Alabama winning the open relay. We'll be in Bloomington, MN in two weeks.

6/29/2018
Montgomery, AL Day 1

We returned to Montgomery, where the home team held strong. They won open male, female and team. Their team win was the closest we've seen this year, just beating Lexington out by .36 seconds. Relays and tandems coming up tomorrow!

6/24/2018
Lexington, KY Day 2

Montgomery Blue took the relay and open tandems, while Sean Sullivan and Keltie-May NIcoll won two medals apeice for the tandem events. We also saw our first Over 60 relay of the year, with Stephen Bourassa, Bill Christiansen and William Gaughan combining. We'll be at Montgomery, Alabama next week!

6/23/2018
Lexington, KY Day 1

It was a beautiful day here in bourbon country. We saw some great times, with all top 10 members under 100 seconds. In the end, Jake Lanier and Montgomery Blue edged out the local Lexington team to take gold. We'll see how it goes tomorrow.

6/16/2018
Elkhart, IN Day 2

We saw Lexington beat Kitchener by less than half a second to take the relay win here in Elkhart. We also watched Brittany Hoffman take gold for Female (Jackie Palmer) and Co-Ed (Lance Conroy) tandems with some great times. We'll see you in Lexington, Kentucky next week!

6/15/2018
Elkhart, IN Day 1

It was a hot day in Indiana today, where Huntley Fire won it's fourth regional of 2018. Matt Hansen took both the open as well as the over 40 categories. More to come tomorrow.

6/14/2018
VA Beach 2019! – Presented By STIHL Inc
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May 17-18, 2019 – First to go Green! We received confirmation from the generous folks at STIHL and the City of VA Beach of their continued support of firefighter fitness, health and wellness in 2019! Put it on your calendar and be sure to thank them – WE’LL BE BACK!

6/12/2018
Bloomington Registration Open! Calling all Competitors!

A great opportunity to show 3M the benefits of their generous investment in the 3M / Scott Safety Firefighter Challenge national tour – right in their back yard at the world-renowned Mall of America. Hope everyone will come to help us thank the 3M / Scott Fire & Safety team for their incredible support of firefighter fitness, health, wellness and public safety! Registration is now open.

6/7/2018
More Challenges Open

Elko, Grand Island and Carlsbad are now green and open for registration.

6/2/2018
Sioux Center, IA Day 2

Rapid City Local 1040 snuck by the local Sioux Center team in the relay finals, taking the gold. In the tandems Shane Farmer took home three medals, 2 golds and a silver, with the Help of Fitzgerald, Krukow and Hilsenroth. We'll be in Elkhart Indiana in two weeks, see you there.

6/1/2018
Sioux Center, IA Day 1

Ryan Fitzgerald and Huntley fire each continued their streak, winning the open and the team events. At the same time, Dave Punt became the first over 60 inductee to the Lion's Den for 2018.

5/19/2018
Virginia Beach, VA Day 2

We had another Sullivan-less event here in Virginia Beach. West Licking took the open relay and tandem categories, snaking them away from the Local Virginia Beach Challenge team.

5/18/2018
Virginia Beach, VA - Day 1

We dodged the rain today, while Todd Krukow became the male and over 40 champion for the second time this year. Huntley Fire took the team category, with their second win of the year.

5/12/2017
Apopka Florida - Day 2

It was a gray day in Apopka, but the challenge soldiered on. We saw Montgomery Blue win the open relay competition, while IBTC Firecraft won the female relay. The open tandem was a international collaboration between Jon Betts and Ryan Fitzgerald, who finished with a 1:15.

5/11/2017
Apopka Florida - Day 1

Ryan Fitzgerald showed off the new baby while winning the event with a 1:19. Montgomery Blue won their first event of the season in the team category. Will the reigning world champs take relay tomorrow? In addition, the 2018 flagsa (sponsored by Sunbelt) are in. Contact Daniel at an event to pick up your flag.

5/4/2018 - 5/5/2018
Tinley Park Days 1 and 2

Another event is in the books. On Day 1, Huntley Fire won the team category, while Todd Krukow conquered the male and over 40 indiviudal. However Lexington Fire came back strong on Saturday, winning the relay and overall tandem events.

4/28/2018
FDIC Day 3

We completed the event withn some nice brisk morning weather (much better than last year.) The first event of Season 27 is in the books, with ChewBaca and Darth Vater (Matt Baca and Jeff Vater) winning the open tandem. We'll be in Tinley Park next weekend for the next stop on the tour.

4/27/2018
FDIC Day 2

The first relay races of 2018 occured today right outside Lucas il Stadium. Firecraft won with a three man relay team, edging out Lexington. We'll be back tomorrow to wrap up a great event with tandems.

4/26/2018
Season Twenty Seven Kicks Off at FDIC

Once again it's FDIC and once again the combat challenge has started a new season. There was great weather for the individual day, allowing some great runs by our comptitors. Ryan Fitzgerald took the open victory for the third year in a row, with another sub 20 run. Team Firecraft returned with an excellent 4:47 to take team. We'll see you all tomorrow for Relays.

4/23/2018
Schedule Update before 2018 Season Begins

Click here for an update of the 2018 as of April 23, 2018 and, if you have an interest in hosting during the summer months, please let us know.

4/6/2018
Miami Beach - Cancelled

For unpredictable reasons that were entirely beyond our control, the Miami Beach National Salute to America's Heroes Firefighter Challenge has had to be cancelled. We regret the inconvenience and share the disappointment with all who hoped we could pull this off.

3/30/2018
New Schedule

Quite a few status changes have been received. Click HERE for the updates. Virginia Beach is now open for registration, as is Lexington, KY.

3/29/2018
Schedule Updates:

VA Beach FCC – Presented by STIHL – has gone GREEN! Registration and event details will be published tomorrow.

Miami Beach – The Police and Fire Departments have approved our downtown Ocean Drive location. Everything is lined up BUT it is NOT a “done deal” unless and until the City of Miami Beach grants the permit for this extravaganza. Thanks for your patience.

3/20/2018
Update

Tinley Park is GREEN! The city has approved the downtown location and all is GREAT! Click here for details. See you there!

3/16/2018
Schedule Update
Tinley Park, VA Beach and Miami Beach – Local hosting teams and we are still hopeful each of them will happen but important details need to be finalized before they are done deals. We will publish updates here as soon as we get them – hopefully next week. Meanwhile, click here for the schedule as of today. Thanks for your patience!

2/15/2018
New Schedule

The 2018 schedule is firming up. Click HERE for the newest addition, including status updates. We still have two great July weekends available - July 13-15 and Jul 20-22. If you’re in the Midwest/surrounding states and are interested in hosting, please contact us.

1/26/2018
New Year Updates

The 2018 schedule is being firmed up, FDIC is now open for registration, and more events will soon follow. World records by age can be seen here. Our January newsletter covers this and more, and you can see a copy of it here.

In addition, for those of you who don’t subscribe to any of the major fire journals, for the past 3 months, every issue of Fire-Rescue, Fire Engineering and Firehouse has been banded with a four-part color ad announcing “Now as One,” the merger of Scott Safety with the 3M personal protection division. The Challenge continues to march as the 3M/Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge.

Merry Christmas
Here is the first draft of the 2018 schedule.

2018 Schedule
So you and we can make travel plans, our goal is to publish the 2018 schedule before the end of December. Meanwhile, thanks for a terrific 2017 season, and Holiday Greetings to All!

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