As we ring in the new year, 8 of our Team Firefighter athletes are starting off on the right foot.
Eight TFFers are down in sunny (but cold) Florida running in the annual "Dopey Challenge" at Walt Disney World. In no particular order:
Jazz Zombo, Running in firefighting gear with Air-pack
Luke D. Lewis
The races take place over 4 days and consists of a race each day, getting progressively longer. It starts with a 5K, then goes to a 10K, a Half-marathon, then a Marathon. As you can see, the collection of medals for the weekend is quite impressive.
Day 1: The 5K
As you can see from our pictures, spirits are high on the first day, even though the races start at the literal butt crack of dawn.
Everyone had a great time before, during, and after the race.
We will keep you all updated on their progress as the days go on with a final recap after the maraton on Sunday! Stay safe and warm, brothers and sisters!
Jazz, Jeff, Dush, and Jamie
Jazz and Jamie
Jeff finds a way to combat the wind chill
Below freezing is shorts and t-shirt weather for Canadian Mark
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I went into this race with the
mind set to actually race and not just do it to finish so I had no idea
how it would turn out. Rachel Zambrano
you inspired me to do this n you will remember when I explain. In
Austin when we ran the Marathon Rachel had gut problems from pre-race
dinner. Well she was talking with my wife at some point when I was not
around n asked my wife if I was holding back n had more left. Not sure
what my wife said but I believe Rachel said his race results never
reflect that. Which is true. So I decided to race it. Thanks Rachel for
helping me PR. I PR'd by one hour twenty two minutes.
here can be brutal n humid so when I got up n got to be time for swim
start it was cloud cover n fairly decent temp. Swim went well. Nice
clean lake n calm. It was a two loop swim n they had us come out of the
water n run a ways on the beach n back in at the start for our second
loop. The half started at the same time. My swim time was 1:17:58. 9
minutes faster then IM WI last September. I was very happy with my swim.
T1 3:12 n off on the bike.
The bike is my strongest leg. It was a four 28 mile
loop coarse. Went out hard and kept it going for two loops. Third loop
was still hard but toned it down a bit. A few of the roads were bumpy n
had no shoulder so traffic had to go around you. Roads kept rattling my
bottle cages loose and I lost a full bottle of nutrition n almost lost my
second one but noticed it had fallen out n went back about 100 yards to
pick it up. This happened on my third loop so I really needed that
nutrition as miles were adding up. Nice thing about 4 loops you went by
your special needs bag three times which was nice. Other than having
bottle cage issues bike went well. 5:20:14. I ranked 19th in the swim
and 1st on the bike. I had no idea out on the coarse because they ran
the full n half together. Wish they would have had a way on bike n run
to identify half n full athletes. Passed a lot of people n never got
passed by anyone. I was nervous I had gone to hard on the bike n would
have nothing left for the run. My running is not fast n I need to work
T2 2:30 and off and running. As soon as I got off my bike the
sun came out n it got hot n humid. Run was brutal. Out n back twice for
the full. 6.55 miles. I decided to not wear my fuel belt like I did in
WI. The aid stations were not as often as Ironman events n I needed more
at some points in the race. Quads started cramping about two miles
into run n I thought oh well swim n bike went well. Kept running n that
went away. Pounded water n coke at every stop. Crammed ice in my Tri top
n used the sponges to wet head n neck down. I always try not to get my
feet wet but it was impossible not to. I had a fresh pair of socks n
shoes in my special needs bag half way. That felt awesome for about 4
miles n they were soaked with everything dripping off me from trying to
stay cool. Was in third place till around mile 22 then got passed.
Finished run in 4:57:04. Need work on my run. Ended up 6th overall n 5
th in the males. 1st in my age group. Total time 11:41:01. Very happy
with my race.
What a weekend for Team Firefighter! This past weekend we had two of our firefighters complete full distance triathlons.
Firefighter +Pat Hamler competed in the #HITS triathlon series in Waconia, MN. His results were amazing, nabbing 1st in his age group and 5th place overall!
Our other story is about Firefighter +Brendan Corcoran,
who was at Ironman Mont Tremblant this weekend. His performance in the
race earned him a 5th place in his age group, which also has qualified
him to compete in the +Ironman Triathlon World Championship at #Kona !
Congratulations to both of our athletes on amazing performances this weekend and Team Firefighter will see you in Hawaii!