Tinley Park is GREEN! The city has approved the downtown location and all is GREAT! Click here for details. See you there!
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!
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.
New Year Updates
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.
Here is the first draft of the 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!
World Challenge XXVI
The 26th World Challenge is in the Books, Montgomery Blue has once more won the relay category. We'll see you all in Sacramento next year!
World Challenge XXVI
Congratulations to Oakville who repeated as the team champions of 2017. You can see the run order for tomorrow mornings tandems here. The first relay runoffs are here and the (Correct updated) open bracket is here
World Challenge Final Day
The initial start order is posted here: page 1 and page 2. Let us know if anyone either can't run or is missing from the list. Good luck to everyone on the final day.
World Challenge XXVI - Day 3
Only one more day left for the wildcards. We'll find out who makes it to the finals at the Lion's Den Reception. You can see the first wave of day 4 here.
World Challenge XXVI - Day 2
We saw a lot more competitors today, and we'll see more tomorrow. The first page of tomorrow's order can be seen here. Please note : This is only the first page, there are over 60 competitors already on the second page, so don't worry if you're not there yet.
World Challenge XXVI - Day 1
It was a rainy day in Louisville, but we still saw a record fall, Team Fire Fit 3.0 took the female relay time, with a 1:39.48. The first draft of tomorrow's run order can be found here. Checking will start at 7 tomorrwo morning, if you think you should be on the order and are not, let Daniel know.
World Challenge XXVI's First Run Order
You can find the first part of the run order here. Checkin will be from 7-9 tomorrow morning, and we plan to kick things off at 10 AM.
The Cal Ripken of the combat Challenge
Read Dr. Davis's newest blogspot about Challenge Legend Walt White here.
Lions Den and Name Shirt
Now that our last regional is in the books, we're finalizing the designs for the 2017 Name Shirt. You can see the current list here. Let us know if you're not on the list, but be adivsed we have a very tight window to get the names to the printer. In addition we've gotten jacket sizes for most of the 2017 Lion's Den Inductees, but we're still missing a few. Take a look at the list, if we don't have a size for you, please let us know. Just email Daniel either way.
U.S. Nationals Day 3
Today in Tyler, we saw our first best of the best competition in over 10 years, with competitors trying the 5 stages of the challenge separately. Carlsbad also capped off a great regular season wininng byes in team, relay and tandem. Can they pull off a sub 1 minute run?
U.S. Nationals Day 2
We saw some more great times, Carlsbad is currently leading the pack, but Montgomery Blue was only a second behind. You can see the brackets for tomrrow here. One more day before we finish Nationals, and then on to Worlds!
U.S. Nationals Day 1
Ryan FItzgerald ran another 1:16, still a second off the world record, but still an amazing time. Carlsbad won the team category, with a 4:32.
Carlsbad Day 2
Carlsbad fire rose to the occasion today, breaking the world record twice, with a 1:03.31 and a 1:02.79. However, in the last race of the day, Mr. Restore won the relay. We'll see you next at U.S. Nationals, in Tyler, Texas.
Carlsbad Day 1
The last regional individual day is in the books. We just barely got done with the last race before the rain and lightning
would have made it impossible to continue. Carlsbad defended their home turf, taking the open and team categories. Could we see them break the relay record tomorrow?
Lake of the Ozarks Day 2
Whiteman won the relay category, beating out Louisville fire in the feature race of the day. There's only one more regular season event this year, see you in two weeks, at Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Lake of the Ozarks Day 1
We saw some of the fastest times all year today. Ryan Fitzgerald ran a blistering 1:16.10, less than a second off of the world record. Brittany Hoffman ran the fastest women's time of the year, with a 2:17.
Tandems and relays tomorrow morning starting at 11 am.
Grand Island Day 2
Lexington got a little bit of revenge by winning the relay category today. This puts them in a very strong position in the GNC race. In addition, Challenge Legend
Shane Farmer pulled a "Dave Bowman"; winning both in the open tandem (with Jeff Vater) and the over 40 (with Todd Krukow). See you all next week at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Grand Island Day 1
We saw some great team races today, with Rapid City beating lexington by a hair. Al Ertzner is still looking amazing in the 50+ category
(especially considering he's 57) running a 1:52.43.
On Day 1, Cory McGee showed that he's still a force to be reckoned with in the Chief's division, running a 1:25... and he just turned 40. Carlsbad ran an impressive 4:40, with both Casey and Geronimo running sub 90's. On day 2, Carlsbad won the open relay, and tandem while The Cellucor teams took first through third in the Over 40 tandem.
Longmont - Boulder County Fair Day 2
We saw some amazing runs today in Lognmont. Team USAFA Classics took back the Over 40 relay record, setting the new bar at 1:10.92. Carlsbad won the open relay category, with two runs that were within a second of their own world record of 1:04. We'll see you in Sulphur Springs, Texas in two weeks.
Longmont - Boulder County Fair Day 1
Once again, a great run by Ryan Fitzgerald
took first with a 1:20. The Carlsbad firefighters won the team event with an impressive 4:54. We'll see how the realys and tandems do tomorrow.
Events Turning Green
Lake of the Ozarks, Carlsbad, and Tyler Nationals have gone green. Make your plans accordingly. Event details and registration will be up as soon as possible.
Elko Day 2
Newmont Mining won a nailbiter against Local 2423
to win the relay category. Jacquline Palmer and Jason Logsden both took two golds in the tandem categories. We'll see you all next week in Longmont, Colorado.
Elko Day 1
A hot day in Nevada saw the return of Jacqueline Palmer. She returned from her hiatus with a vengance, running a sub 2:30 time. In addition we saw Bryan Hardy clean up the over 40 and open categories, while the Local Elko 2423 Combat boys took the team category.
WCXXVI - Hotel and other Information
The Worlds page has opened up. Click on the Worlds tab above to check it out. We will have more location information added as we receive it. Registration should open this week.
Elkhart Day 2
Lexington took the relay category, solidifying their lead in the GNC race, while the Whiteman
AFB tandem ran a 1:16, only a few seconds off the world record. We've got a brief break coming up, then see you in Elko, NV.
Elkhart Day 1
Matt Baca takes the individual with a 1:24, the first Canadian open victory of 2017. Cory McGee took the over 40 with a 1:25, threatening both the over 40 and chief records. Lexington took the team, narrowly beating out Hamilton County.
Branson Day 2
Carlsbad took the relay category, keeping their regional winning streak alive. Geronimo and Casey also won the tandem event, while Rick Portilloz set a personal record for back to back runs.
Branson Day 1
Some excellent runs were had in Branson, with Ryan Fitzgerald overcoming a bad tower to run a 1:20. Lexington Fire snuck by Carlsbad to take the team championship. Stay tuned for some great relays and tandems tomorrow.
Montgomery Day 2
Another beautiful day of racing saw nearly 150 firefighters compete. Montgomery Fire Blue beat the crowd to take the relay championship with a 1:05.47, Less than 2 seconds off the world record. We'll see you all in Branson Landing in two weeks.
Montgomery Day 1
We headed back to our old stomping grounds in downtown Montgomery for a regional. Once again all of Montgomery both puts on an amazing event and
are outstanding hosts. The Montgomery Blue team took first with a blistering 4:32, with Jake Lanier leading the way with a 1:22. Also having another outstanding run, Chief Ken Helgerson of USAFA ran a sub 2 over 50 time, on his third individual run ever.
Virginia Beach Day 2
Mother Nature was much kinder to the combat challenge on day 2, which let us see some amazing runs here in Virginia Beach. Lexington Fire continued their sweep, taking the open relay, while West Licking took the tandem title.
Virginia Beach Day 1
A thunderstorm delayed the event and
gave us some electrical problems. The competitors stayed through and we saw some great races. Lexington won the team category, while Barrett Piper took the open category.
Apopka Florida - Days 1 and 2
A power outage took out our server on the 12th, so we're bringing you the results from day 1 and 2 together. On friday Ryan Fitzgerald won for the second event in a row, this time with a 1:22, while Montgomery Blue took the team category. On Saturday, Montgomery Blue took first place, just beating the thunderstorm that rolled in as they were pulling the dummy.
Branson FCC Postponed until June 9-10
Everyone knows that except for hurricanes (Deerfield Beach, FL) and tornadoes (Tuscaloosa, AL), the Firefighter Challenge is an all-weather event … just like fighting fires. But, Branson Landing parking lots are currently under water, and the river hasn’t crested. Further, upstream floodgates might have to be opened. So, with an abundance of caution, and regrets to all who, like us, have been inconvenienced or lost funds, we’ve agreed with all hosting parties that we must postpone Branson Landing FCC until June 9-10.
Meanwhile, good luck to Branson Fire, Branson Landing, and Branson, MO! See you all June 9-10, 2017!
Almost every challenge competitor knows David Bowman. He has been an outstanding example of a firefighter a competitor and a person in countless ways. After a recent loss, he wrote a letter to the challenge community that can be seen here.
FDIC - FInal Day
Due to the lightning activity in Indianapolis and across the United States, we are unable to hold the tandem day of competition. All Pre-registered competitors can either get a refund or credit towards a future event. Contact Daniel to let us know what you want to do.
FDIC - Day 2
A large field of relays at FDIC saw Tuscaloosa show off their form, running 1:09's and 1:10's to win the first regional event of the year.
2017 Season Kickoff
FDIC has once more kicked off the Scott Firefighter Challenge Season. We have already seen some great performances; Ryan Fitzgerald threw down the first sub 80 of the year, while Hamilton County (Formerly running under Westfield) put down an impressive 4:43 team time.
2017 Schedule - Updated
You can see the revised 2017 schedule here. Contact us if you're interested in hosting, the schedule is filling.
World Challenge XXVI is going to be held Mon-Sat Oct 23-28, in Louisville, Kentucky. More information will be posted as we have it.
WCXXVI and the 2017 Schedule
Dr Davis has a blogspot here describing where we are in publishing the 2017 Schedule.
World Challenge XXV is over, but we'd like to get your two cents on how everything went. To take the survey please click here.
The coverage of the last day of WCXXV is now posted on the blogspot. If you want to see the final Carlsbad vs Montgomery relay race you can it’s available for viewing on our Vimeo account here. Also, be sure to catch the ABC News story of Mike on a Bike.
WCXXV FInal Day 2
World Challenge XXV is in the books. We saw some great times today, Carlsbad finished its relay season with a world championship to go along with its new world record. Team Waukegan/Isopure defended their over 40 title for the third straight year. More video and stories about the event will be coming up in the weeks to come. Thanks to all the competitors that make this sport great.
WCXXV Final Day 1
The first final day has wrapped up. We saw three more records fall, Ian Van Reenen broke the open record for the third time, this time with a 1:15.29. Cyril Fraser broke his own over 60 record with an impressive 1:45.92, The first international record was set by team U.S.A. with a 4:09.24. And last but not least Oakville broke their own record for the second time, notching a team time of 4:04.85.
WCXXV Day 3
Another day saw even more records fall. Ian Van Reenen topped his record, setting down a 1:15.70. Oakville team Levitt-Safety broke the team record with a 4:07.15. Cyril Fraser both broke Roy Davis's long standing Over 60 record with a 1:52.54, as well as teaming up with Stephen McAleer to break the over 60 tandem record. The current standings can be found here.
WCXXV Day 2
While a few teams flirted with world records, we saw two of the biggest ever fall today. Ian Van Reenen became the newest holder of the title "Fastest Firefighter Ever". He dethroned Justin Couperus, with a blazing 1:16.34. In addition, Carlsbad Fire finally took down the relay record they've been after all year. They ran a 1:04 flat to break Montgomery Blue's record.
WCXXV Day 1
The first day of World Challenge Twenty Five has wrapped up. We saw some great runs, including what would have been a relay world record, if not for penalties. We will continue starting 9 am tomorrow morning.
We're LIVE From Montgomery!
All week, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge: World Challenge XXV will be broadcasting live online for our friends who can't be here with us! To check out the broadcast, click here!
Nationals Day 2
2016's U.S. Nationals is now in the books. Carlsbad won the open relay, despite strong competition from Tuscaloosa. The open male tandem was won by Tuscaloosa's Team Man-Beast. See you all at Worlds in two weeks!
Nationals Day 1
Team Isopure of Waukegan defended their team title, defeating all comers to retain the Lion Trophy. Ryan fitzgerald took the open male with a 1:23. Also securing Byes to the final day were: Matt Tavaglione, Russell Krasnesky, Scott Akeson, Rick Portilloz, Clarence Parks, Jamie Shingleton, and Cheri Ardoin.
Due to scheduling conflicts, we will be pushing the start time back til noon on Friday. There are no planned changes for Saturday's start time.
Carlsbad, Day 2
This event marks both the end of the 2016 regional events, as well as a record 10 straight years of carlsbad competitions. The Carlsbad FD relay won the event, and was within a second of the world record on 4 different runs. Next
stop, Reno and Nationals.
Carlsbad, Day 1
The last regional event of 2016 is halfway over. West Licking won the team event, and oficially clinched the GNC victory. Casey Collins of Carlsbad won the open with his first ever sub 90.
WCXXV Name Shirt
As usual, we will be printing another version of our name shirt for the Worlds this year. This should have all qualified competitors for 2016, however with this many names errors are hard to avoid. We will be adding additional names through Nationals, but if anyone needs to be added contact Daniel.
Lake of the Ozarks, Day 2
Carlsbad relay showed they're one of the top relay teams yet again, winning the open relay and dropping a 1:08 when needed. Geronimo Ontiveros and Casey Collins also took the open male tandems. Next week we'll be in their neck of the woods, see you in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Ryan Fitzgerald both won the individual and put down the fastest time of the year. He ran a blistering 1:19.40, our first sub 80 of 2016. Huntley Fire won the open team, beating out Lonnie's Minions.
North Little Rock, Arkansas
The North Little Rock Challenge is in the books, with Tuscaloosa winning the team and relay events. Beau Gunter won the open, while we saw the return of long time challenge competitor Don Balm.
Grand Island Day 2
A beautiful day at the Nebraska state fair saw Cory McGee and Donnie Hilsenroth win the open tandem. The Air Force Academy Team First Twenty showed the new teams they still have a few tricks up their sleeves, just edging out Mr. Restore Farmer's Branch for the Relay Victory.
Grand Island Day 1
A wet start was overcome by the competitors today. Ryan Fitzgerald won the individual with a 1:28, while Team USAFA won the team event.
Grand Island, Ne Regional Update
All competitors, please check in at Fire Station #1 which is located at 409 E. Fonner Park between 9-11 am. You will be able to park in the west parking lot and in the grassy area west of the parking lot. At the station, you will receive competitor passes, re-enter passes for competitors and additional items when you arrive. Once you have received your passes, you will then be able to enter Gate 5 (which is near the course) of the Nebraska State Fair. Of note - Gate 5 does not sell tickets for others in your party (family, friends). We will be able to direct you to gates that do sell tickets when you arrive at Fire Station #1.
After the competition, competitors will be able to shower and change at Fire Station #1.
On Saturday, after the individuals are completed - come join us for drinks at the white tent on the Nebraska State Fair grounds.
Louisville Day 2
Today was one of our biggest relay and tandem days this year. We saw many of our top teams compete, but Tuscaloosa came out on top, while the Montgomery tandem of Big Oak and Stumpy took the open tandem. We'll see you in Grand Island Nebraska next week.
Louisville Day 1
Only 3 seconds separate the top 3 team times here in Louisville. However, with a 4:53, Westfield fire took the top spot. Jake Lanier had the best individual run with a 1:28. We also saw 3 new Lion's Den members; Greg Carignan, Chris Sturtz, and Adrian Millican.
Pataskala Day 2
Once again lightning delayed but could not stop our competitors. The West Licking pair of Chris Sturtz and Barrett Piper won the open tandem, while Team FireCraft took the relay with a 1:10. We also saw one of our oldest relays yet, the Legends in Our Own Mind (60+ relay), headed by Ted Overcash himself.
Pataskala Day 1
Despite challenges from FireCraft and Lexington, the local West Licking department won the team category with a 5:29.
Sulphur Springs Day 2
Rain threatened but never stopped us running during our relay and tandem day. Carlsbad won the relay, while MacKenzie Briggs and Aaron piering took the male tandem. See you next week in Petaskala, Ohio.
Sulphur Springs Day 1
Despite a rain and lightning delay, the competitors soldiered on for the first event in Texas of 2016. This event saw the return of Whitney and MacKenzie Briggs, with Whitney winning the female event, while MacKenzie was beaten by his own teammate Aaron Piering. Farmer's Branch took the team event.
Despite heroic efforts on the part of our host, we were unable to secure an event site. We greatly regret the fact that we will be unable to return to Virginia this year.
Haverhill Day 2
Another world record has fallen! The over 60 tandem time
was broken by Cyril Fraser and Stephen McAleer with a 1:48.98. We had a recordsetting 8 over 60 competitors here this weekend, inspiring everyone. In addition the Fast Eddie Flyers took the open relay with some nail-biting races over Huntley and West Licking.
Haverhill, Day 1
John Betts and the Fast Eddie Flyers took team and individual events at our first New England event in years. Jacqueline Palmer appeared and won the female category. Cyril Fraser is in the hunt for Roy Davis's Over 60 record, and was only a couple seconds off.
2016 Schedule Updates - Please note:
Pataskala, OH – Fri/Sat Aug 19-20 has gone green! Click here to register.
N. Little Rock, AR – Fri/Sat Sep 16-17 – We are tentatively booked for a terrific appearance and location on the River … Stay Tuned!
The contract has been signed and the event is now yellow. Dates are now set for Aug 19-20. Keep this in mind as it will likely go green soon.
Both Haverhill and Louisville are now open for registration.
Lexington Day 2
Team Firecraft won the open relay, while Ryan FItzgerald and Jeff Vater won the open tandem. We also saw the return of a challenge legend in Byron McDonald who reprised his former record holding over 40 tandem with David Bowman.
Lexington Day 1
Team Firecraft has won the Lexington Team event with a blistering 4:39, beating out last year's champions Montgomery Blue. Jake Lanier had an excellent run for Montgomery, winning the open with a 1:27. We also saw an amazing run by a first time competitor from Montgomery: Tommy Manley who took the greenhorn, qualified for the Lion's Den and wound up in second place for the Over 50 category in his first individual run.
Sioux Center Day 1 and 2 Combined
Much improved weather in Sioux Center allowed us to finish the day 1 races in the morning, as well as run Relays and Tandems. The Carlsbad team swept the Team, Relay and Open tandem categories, while Ryan Fitzgerald won the open, and Al Ertzner both won the Over 50 and was honored for his World Championships at WCXXIV.
Sioux Center Day 1
Due to the lightning that prevented us from finishing day 1, the final 3 races will run immediately at 9 am tomorrow morning. Opening ceremonies will still be scheduled for 10 am and relays and tandems will follow. The run list can be found here.
Virginia Beach Day 2 - New Tandem World Record
The relay category was won by the three man team of West Licking Fire, while David Bowman and Michael Mabe won the open tandem. However, Bill Pietrantonio and Jesse Walker both took the over 50 tandem category and set the new over 65 tandem record with a time of 2:15.47!
Virginia Beach Day 1
The Local team, Virginia beach Local 2924 took the team event, while David Bowman
won the individual and over 40 categories.
Lexington Hotel Information
The Hilton Suites in Lexington
is filling up fast, the room block (under Kentucky Fire Commission or Firefighter Challenge) is almost full, and will expire on the 27th of May. If the hotel does fill up an alternate hotel will be setup for the competitors.
Branson Landing was as scenic as you could hope for, and we had a ton of great races to watch as well. Ryan Fitzgerald wasn't far off his personal best, just missing a sub 80 run. Cory McGee and Whiteman swept the team and relay categories, while Lonnie's Minions and Sioux Center made strong showings. We'll see you at Virginia Beach in two weeks.
Day 1 saw Jake Lanier and Montgomery Blue win the open and team categories. Day 2
saw torrential downpours in the morning, which forced us to delay the start time until noon. After the rain cleared up it turned into a beautful day for racing, and we saw the comeback of Carlsbad Fire in the relays, who defeated the reaining World Champions with a blistering 1:06. This looks like it'll be a tight relay competition for season 25.
FDIC Wrap up
FireCraft continued their streak by winning the FDIC relay category, while Jacqueline Palmer cleaned up with 4 first places: the female individual category, the Almost Dry female relay team, the American Pride female tandem, and the Candy and Fitzpatrick co-ed tandem. FDIC was one of our largest regional events in recent memory, we'll see you all in Lake Charles!
FDIC Day 1
The first day of the 2016 season is now in the books. Ryan Fitzgerald took the individual category with a 1:25. Huntley Fire won the team event with a 5:03.
Steve Kotch's AAR
Steve Kotch shares his afteraction report from a swiftwater rescue he conducted March 30th on Dr. Davis's Blog.
VA Beach FCC May 20-21
Registration is now open – Click here to register.
New Schedule is Up
The 2016 will be kicking off this month at FDIC. There are still more weeks open for the 2016 season.
Kamloops Part 1
Doctor Paul begins the first in a series of posts about his trip to Kamloops, and includes a very interesting point of view from Graham MacKenzie
We could use a few volunteers at FDIC who would like to help out during the event when they aren't running in exchange for credit towards runs. If you're interested email us.
Registrations Are Open
Some of our events have started opening up! Get a head start on the
registration process by signing-up ahead of time. No sense leaving it to the last minute, if you can do it today! Click on the Register tab to get started.
In Memorium of Valentine Novicki II
May 19, 1949–January 20, 2016
On January 20th, Valentine was laid to rest at his home after a battle with Parkinsons. He was always an athlete and still holds his high school track record. He was an air force veteran who fought in Vietnam. After his military service he began a career in the Casper Wyoming Fire Department. He was a 3-time Combat Challenge Champion along with his Casper teammates. Read his full obituary here.
Closing Out 2015
Dr. Davis has one final blog post for 2015.
2016 Schedule Is Here!
We are delighted to announce that the first tentative schedule for our 25th Season is here! There are still spaces available during July and August, so let us know if you, or someone you know, would be interested in hosting a Challenge! Check out the schedule here.
WC XXV Finalized
For the most up-to-date information
on WCXXV take a look at Dr. Paul's Blog.
WC XXIV Survey
You can find the survey here. It's should only take a couple minutes of your time.
WC XXIV Thoughts
Shortly after our CAB (Challenge Advisory Board) meeting on Wednesday, Dave Valero (aka Diamond Dave) of the El Paso Fire Department suggested that we have a Blog for those who would like to convey thanks to our most recent hosts. This is that place.
WC XXIV Final Day Two
World Challenge XXIV is over and we have crowned our new world champions. Congratulations to Montgomery Blue for their second straight Open Relay Championship. Team Isopure 40+, The Golden Girls, No Guts No Glory and Lions Den are also now World Champions.
Tandem & Relay Broadcast Schedule
Tandems this morning will be broadcast LIVE via our live stream link. Click here to watch! The Relay competition will again be broadcast on ESPN3, this afternoon at 1 PM.
WC XXIV Final Day One
Congratulations to Justin Couperus, Al Ertzner, Carla Penman and Kamloops for all performing the hat trick of becoming World Champions and World Record holders simultaneously! Also Congratulations to Russell Krasnesky, Cory McGee, Jacqueline Palmer, Tommie Osborn, and
Mike Brown, our newest World Champions! We'll continue with the tandems tomorrow morning (run order here).
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