There is a new wave of racing craze out there called adventure racing. It takes the endurance of a marathon and combines it with other challenges. These races such as Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Warrior Dash offer something different in the way of a physical, and mental challenge that you just can not find by running your regular run of the mill road race or triathlon.
Having completed the Tough Mudder myself I can honestly say this is something that you will have mixed emotions about. While doing it I could not belive that I was putting myself through it, then right after I was done I wanted to do it again next year thinking that my time (we timed ourself) and performance could be better than what it was. It is this same competitive nature that sets firefighters apart from everyone else.
Well now comes an event that lets those that do not get to experience what it is like to be us have a little bit of the taste. HERO RUSH http://www.herorush.com/ is a firefighter themed adventure race. They have yet to hold their first event but they are now taking registration for there 2012 series. The claim to be able to offer unique obstacle experiences such as climbing ladders, searching for victims, and going through windows.
One of the other positive things is that they offer a “343” wave which costs $10 extra. However that $10 goes to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and is matched by Hero Rush for a $20 donation to the NFFF. Additionally you will wear a commemorative race bib with the name of one of the 343 that were murdered in the World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11. In my opinion that amps it up to a whole new level as with the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs, climbing with one of those guys riding with you makes you push that much harder and makes quitting not an option.
I hope this even succeeds as it seems to offer something similar but different to the other Adventure races already on the market. If any of you out there run one please send in a review and some pictures and I will put it up on the site.
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!