U.S. Nationals Day 3
Nationals is in the books, and we saw a large field compete in the Best of the Best, while team FIrecraft won the Open Relay. The MIsfits were champions in the Female Relay. USAFA 40+ and Running for Tommy also took first, with the associated Byes. Next stop, Worlds in Montgomery Alabama!
U.S. Nationals Day 2
Relay seeding and more than 80 tandems made for another well represented day. Receiving byes for their Championships are: MFR Shake N Bake, FireCraft Female Tandem, Just Us Girls, Team Big Uglies, Isoland, Dr Dave and His Nurse Practitioner, and Mich-Cal. We'll see the Best of the Best Competition tomorrow, followed by the Relay Eliminations! You can click to see the Bracket and the Open Seedings.
U.S. Nationals Day 1
A long day of racing saw our National Champions crowned in our Individual Categories, as well as Team. Montgomery Blue took home the Lion trophy in the Team Category. Jake Lanier won Open. Also receiving the byes for their victories were Brittany Hoffman, Matt Hansen, Sean Sullivan,
Russell Krasnesky, Al Ertzner, Mark Van Brunt, and Amy Bouse. More races tomorrow.
North Little Rock Day 2
The final regional of 2019 is now over, just Nationals and Worlds to go! We saw Forney fire make quite an appearance in their first event this year, winning the Open Relay. St. Lucie took the GNC for Relay, while Beau Gunter & Jeff Vater were the fastest Tandem.
North Little Rock Day 1
Our last regional event kicked off with some great races for the final Grand National Championships. We saw Russell Krasnesky break the over 50 World Record, with a 1:31.50. We also saw GNC victories by Briane Riebe, Ana Ruzevic, Daniel Garner, Ken Helgerson
& the ATX Team.
GNC and North Little Rock Event
We're heading in to our last regional event of the year, since this is the case, we've updated the current GNC standings, you can see them here, or just go to the normal results tab. In addition, tomorrow after the event, the North Little Rock CVB is hosting a party at McCain Mall from 7pm to 10 pm (or later depending on the competition schedule).
Sandy Utah Day 1 and 2
There was a great turnout for our first event in the Salt Lake City area in over 10 years. We saw Hobbs win Team, while Brian Riebe was the fastest individual. Matt Coney, Daniel Garner, Ken Helgerson and Russell Krasnesky are all battling it out for the GNC titles, with just one more regional to go. In a reversal on day 2, St. Lucie won the open relay, while Hobbs took the fastest tandem time (Jordan Headley & Rodney Smith).
Grand Island Day 2
It was another great day at the Nebraska state fair. We saw Lonnie's Minions win the Open Relay category, while Tommie Sadler's Girls took the Female Relay.
Grand Island Day 1
We saw a lot of support here for both Lonnie Mitteis, and Tommy Sadler. Lonnie's Minions took the Team Category, and Todd Krukow doubled up on both the 40+ and Open. Perenial Challenge Champions Brittany Hoffman and Al Ertzner also took first places.
This event saw Jason Logsden and 2423 Combat win the Open, Over 40, Team and Relay events. We also saw Walt White continue his streak competing, while winning the over 50 Category. We'll be off next week and then back to work in Grand Island, NE.
Hobbs, NM Day 2
Hobbs dropped a couple 1:08's (some of the best times all year) while winning the relays today, but ATX was able to win the Open Tandem.
We'll see you next week in Elko, Nevada.
Hobbs, NM Day 1
It was a hot day, but we still saw Hobbs repeat last weeks feat, winning Team and Open Category (Rodney Smith) today. Russell Krasnesky and Richard Smith won the over 50 and over 40 events.
Longmont, CO Day 2
Hobbs did well again today, winning the Open Relay Category. Briane Riebe and Matt Coney of St. Lucie won the Open Tandem, while the USAFA Classic Over 40 Relay showed they mean business again this year, winning the over 40 Relay and getting 2nd in the open.
Longmont, CO Day 1
We saw Hobbs and Rodney Smith win the Team and the Open categories
today. It was also Shane Farmer's 100th Individual race. We'll have Tandems and Relays tomorrow.
El Paso Firefighter Challenge Postponed
We regret to inform you that after working hard in conjunction with the Event Committee to bring the Challenge to El Paso, we are unfortunately postponing the event until 2020.
Elkhart, IN Day 1 and 2
We had a great two days of racing for our third consecutive event in Elkhart, Indiana. Day 1 saw Montgomery Blue, Jared Johnson & Brittany Hoffman win. On day 2 we saw Waukegan take the relay title, while West Licking took the Open Tandem category.
Grand Island is Open
The Grand Island, Nebraska State Fair event is now open.
Elko is Open
Elko, Nevada is now open for registration!
Pittsfield, MA Day 2
The second day at Pittsfield was beautiful, a great temperature, clear skies, and a wonderful crowd. DND Fredericton showed up strong again winning the relay and the open tandem. Katherine Ross had another strong day, winning both the Female and Co-Ed Tandems. A big shout out to all the over 60 competitors who came out to run, including challenge stalwarts such as Chuck LeBlanc, William Gaughan, Dave Costa, James Tobin, and Stephen Bourassa.
Pittsfield, MA Day 1
The Challenge returned to the Northeast, where we witnessed a strong showing from our friends up north. Matt Baca won the individual with a 1:25, Katherine Ross set the bar with the fastest female time of the year (2:06), and reigning champs DND Fredericton took Team. Recognition also went to the local Pittsfield team, taking a strong second place at their home event. Tandems and relays tomorrow.
North Little Rock Open
The North Little Rock event is green and ready for registration.
Hobbs, NM Open
Hobbs is now open for registration.
We'll see you in New Mexico!
Orlando, FL Regional
Montgomery took team and relay again at our first ACSM Orlando Challenge. We also saw the return of Ryan Fitzgerald, who won the male category.
Elkhart, IN Open
We're pleased to announce that Elkhart has gone green and registration is now open.
Virginia Beach Day 2
Montgomery Fire came out to play today, taking the top 3 open tandem times, as well as first and second place open relay. Summerville Fire's Over 40 team also took gold, as did the Chesterfield female team. We'll be in Orlando coming up next.
Virginia Beach Day 1
It was a beautiful day in Virginia Beach, where we saw that Jake Lanier hasn't slowed down at all. He ran a 2019 Season best 1:22, helping Montgomery Fire Blue win the Team category. We also witnessed David Bowman, Daniel Garner, and Caroline Martin win their respective categories. Relays and tandems tomorrow!
FDIC Day 3 - Tandems
ATX narrowly won the open tandem. However, the last race of the day was a classic, with the Co-Ed Bodacious Blondes tandem vs the Tusc- Pitt Tandem. The race was streamed live to our facebook page.
FDIC Day 2 - Relays
Team ATX outraced Lexington today, to win the open relay.
This brings them to a tie here at Indianapolis. We'll see who wins the open tandem tomorrow.
Congratulations to Matt Hansen and the Lexington team. Lexington won the team category, narrowly defeating the field. Matt Hansen won Over 40 and the Open Category vs 100 competitors. Tomorrow is relays, we'll see you there.
2019 Season Kickoff in Coweta, Oklahoma
We saw a great crowd come out to play in Coweta today. Hopefully this will be the first of many events to be held here. Jared Johnson and Team ATX showed they were for real, taking team, open individual and relay
categories. West licking fire was the fastest tandem team, while the Coweta Punishers won the inaugural Wagoner county relay cup.
2019 Schedule Updates
Here is a link to the updated 2019 schedule as of today. If you are geographically located between two events and want to host on an “Open/Available” weekend, please let us know.
2019 Engagement Program
For the 2019 Season we will try to encourage more newcomers to compete in the Combat Challenge. To make this happen, click here to see the rules. As we mentioned before, this includes free registration for new relay teams, and credits for bringing out new Individuals.
Lake Las Vegas - Final Update
Unfortunately due to running very short on time, we have had to cancel the 2019 Lake Las Vegas event.
We tried mightily to get the event firmed up but, after consulting with competitors, many had to drop out, and there wasn't enough appetite to guarantee a great event. We hope to be able to head back to Lake Las Vegas next year, with a broader time frame.
Lake Las Vegas Update & Survey
We are very sensitive to your need to schedule time off and meet the challenges of planning your travel. Once again, we apologize this has taken so long. But, we still do not have a contract and important details finalized – other than to have been told the competition days will be Saturday April 27 (10:30AM start) and Sunday April 28 (3:00PM start) and that we need to know how many people will stay at Henderson hotels. Please take the survey here and we'll know if this is still viable
Lake Las Vegas, NV FCC Apr 26-28 Update
We’ve received a verbal commitment and a suitable location on the Lake has been arranged. All we are waiting for is the decision about Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun and a contract – both of which we hope to have next Tuesday, Feb 19. Thanks for your patience.
2019 Season Kickoff
We will be kicking off the 2019 season with the first regional of the year with our event in Coweta, Oklahoma. Thanks to Lion's generosity, this event will be completely free for registration (which is now open.) See you in just two months!
Happy New Year - 2019 Schedule
We wish everyone a happy new year, and would like to share our first draft of the 2019 season.
World Challenge XXVII Survey
Now that everyone has returned from Worlds, we're once again asking our competitors to weigh in on how Worlds went. If you have the time, please take this short survey. We depend on your input to keep improving the Challenge.
The Montgomery team repeated their relay championship in an amazingly tough crowd of teams. More than 20 sub 1:20 teams is a testament to how strong the field has become. Congratulations also to all the other champions, Fit by FIre, Republic of Texas, and Knauf Isulation Slovenia just to name a few. We'll regroup and try for an even better 2019 season. Thank you all.
Congratulations DND Fredericton
The first final day of WCXXVII is over and the team of Jon Betts, Anthony Storey, Ryan Hallam, Dave Nicolle, and Jason Gallant have won. Congratulations on their first team victory.
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