FireFit this week­end at WLD

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This week­end Drumheller has the rare op­por­tu­nity to see some of Canada’s finest fire­men and women take on the tough­est two minutes in sports.

The Drumheller Fire Depart­ment is host­ing a re­gional FireFit Cham­pi­onship event on Septem­ber 9-11 in the shadow of the World’s Largest Di­nosaur. Or­ga­nizer Deputy Chief Duane Bolin says reg­is­tra­tions are pick­ing up.

“It was a re­ally slow start, but in the last 6-8 days teams are re­ally start­ing to sign up,” said Bolin.

There is a chance that spec­ta­tors will get to see some of the best com­peti­tors from across the coun­try be­cause the next week, the na­tional cham­pi­onship is be­ing held at Spruce Mead­ows in Cal­gary. Bolin says they are see­ing com­peti­tors from as far east as Hal­i­fax to Kam­loops to the west, and from Fort McMur­ray in the north.

“We could get some last minute reg­is­tra­tions from down east, we’ll see,” said Bolin.

The lo­cal depart­ment is also very ac­tive and has 10 in­di­vid­ual rac­ers tak­ing part. He would like to see par­tic­i­pa­tion from sur­round­ing de­part­ments.

“I al­ways say come out and do the team re­lay and see what it is like. If you like the re­lay, next time try the in­di­vid­ual course,” said Bolin.

Be­fore the real ath­letes take to the course, Drumheller has the chance to see some av­er­age Joes take on the course.

On Fri­day evening, the

week­end kicks off with the cor­po­rate chal­lenge. This is a chance for lo­cals to form a re­lay team and com­pete head to head on the of­fi­cial course. The cor­po­rate chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants have the lux­ury of not wear­ing the heavy turnout gear or Scott Air Pack.

Bolin ex­pects there will be 12 teams tak­ing on the course, rep­re­sent­ing a num­ber of lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers, or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses.

The com­pe­ti­tion starts at 5:30 p.m. and each team will get two runs, with the top teams com­pet­ing for the prize.

This is a great taste of com­pe­ti­tion, but the real ath­letes come out on Satur­day.

Open­ing Cer­e­monies are at 10:45 a.m., and the first in­di­vid­ual com­peti­tors hit the course at 11 a.m. While they call it the tough­est two minutes in sports, the top com­peti­tors’ times are be­low 1:30.

The team events will be held Sun­day. There is a re­lay event with 3-5 com­peti­tors tak­ing on the course, as well as the 2-man X3 re­lay.

“The X3 Re­lay is where you do the whole course with two peo­ple and you do an oxy­gen bot­tle swap on your Scott Air Pack in the mid­dle of it,” ex­plains Bolin.

An Awards Ban­quet for the com­peti­tors takes place at the Cre­ta­ceous Con­fer­ence Room on Satur­day night.

mailphoto by Patrick Ko­lafa

Mitch Smith of the Drumheller Fire Depart­ment will be tak­ing on the FireFit course this week­end as the com­pe­ti­tion comes to the val­ley.

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