If there is anyone who doesn’t get a lump in their throat or a tear in their eye when they think about the emergency personnel rushing into the Twin Towers on 9/11, I’d be surprised. We don’t think or thank often enough these heroes who rush into not just that situation, but ones everyday, where the only safe thought would be to get out. Now there's a way to honor the brave firefighters while having a blast in the process!
After our recent participation in the Warrior Dash, the organizers at Hero Rush were nice enough to comp Laima and me some media passes to check out Hero Rush Illinois. Pretty exciting stuff, though, as the Hero Rush promoters, state, it’s "Not Just A Mud Run:”
”Designed by veteran firefighters, the course and obstacles will enable everyone to feel the rush of being a firefighter for a day! We start with a 5k+ course, but instead of military style obstacles, ours will simulate the challenges that firefighters face on the job. Runners will climb ladders, scale steep roofs, bust through windows and doors, drag massive fire hoses, crawl through smoke-filled mazes, and more. No mud pits, but there will be tons of water and, at some events, even an opportunity for spectators to take aim on the runners!
In our festival area (the Inferno Midway) spectators and runners both can try their firefighter skills on stand-alone obstacles and challenges. Plus there will be great food & beverage options, entertainment, music, merchandise and more. We’re inviting local fire departments to get involved by doing demonstrations and promoting public safety. And for families, there are two kid’s adventure courses.
We’ve designated a charity, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which serves the families of fallen firefighters across the country. One of the most popular ways we are raising money for the NFFF is through our “343 Wave,” which honors the firefighters who were killed in the Twin Towers on 9/11. And because we are dedicated to helping fire departments in the communities that host our events, we’ll also identify a local fire-related charity in each market to support.
Hero Rush is the latest, greatest event for athletes, weekend warriors, young professionals, families – you name it, there’s something fun and challenging for everyone.”
The Illinois event takes place in Sandwich, which is a couple hours west of Chicago, on Saturday, July 28. REALLY looking forward to this event - it looks like a ton of fun -- we hope you’ll join us out there! Register at the Hero Rush website. When you sign up for the Illinois race, use the promo codes MultiSportLife15 and WomensEndurance15 - both are good for 15% off of a runner or Team entry to the Chicagoland race.
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