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Don’t just play in the mud, be a HERO! That is the theme behind the latest obstacle course to hit the scene: the Hero Rush, a firefighter-themed obstacle race series debuting in North America in 2012.
I was contacted earlier this summer by Hero Rush and asked if I would be interested in running their race. Mud runs/obstacle races seem to be popping up left and right these days, so I did a little poking around to see what makes Hero Rush different from all of the others. Created by lifelong firefighters, the Hero Rush promises the most authentic firefighting experience you can get without responding to a 911 call. Here’s what they have to say:
“Our obstacles are unique and intense! If you’re looking for new challenges, obstacles unlike other races and are ready to go beyond mud right into mayhem – Hero Rush is for you. You’ll race to the scene and tackle many things a firefighter would do at a blaze or other emergency… You’ll slide, climb, crawl, get wet, search for victims, drag and carry equipment, carry stretchers, race up stairs, fight your way through smoke and flames .. and more! See if you have what it takes to be a real hero. Would you catch the baby if given the opportunity? Could you free the victim trapped in a car? Look for unique surprises at each event! “
Sounds fun to me! (and here’s hoping I can catch that baby!) So I accepted the offer, and Geoff and I will be running the New York Hero Rush on September 8th. Not only did I figure it would be another great training opportunity, but it looks like a challenge…a fun one. I swear I can not just put on my sneakers and run down the street anymore. I need excitement and obstacles!
Check these pics out (courtesy of the Hero Rush facebook page):
The Hero Rush is a family event, and also offers not one, but two kids courses: — the Mini Heroes Course is a short dash for the 4-6 crowd that runs on a regular schedule throughout the event. The Junior Heroes Course is a mini-obstacle course for those aged 7-13. And hey spectators: you are free. No tickets necessary, and it appears you can join in on the fun:
“With a Not-Just-A Spectator Pass (free, just show up), you get full access to the Inferno Midway filled with unique firefighter-themed challenges, additional obstacles (which runners can also do, of course), vendors, festival features and live entertainment and great viewing areas for more than just a few obstacles. Spectators will have to sign the same waiver as participants.”
Want to join us, or a Hero Rush near you? Check out their events page HERE, and be sure to enter the code “runfastermommy” at checkout for a 15% discount off of your registration!
Otherwise, stay tuned for the race review. Keep pushing your limits!
*note, I was not compensated to promote the Hero Rush. They did, however, provide me with free registration to run in the upcoming NY race. Opinions expressed in this post are solely that of my own (that’s fancy talk for this race looks fun, so I wanted to tell you about it.) *