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Fired Up 'N Fit makes an initial splash

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A runner in the Fired Up Fit & Challenge Race struggles through the mudpit.
(T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Serious runners turned silly Saturday morning as they slipped, sloshed and slid through obstacles on the course of the Fired Up 'N Fit Challenge.

Held at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Deason, the inaugural race -- which featured nine obstacles including a Slip 'N Slide and a mud pit -- kicked off at 8 a.m. and 158 runners participated.

Fun time

"It was just so much fun," said Dawn Holley, executive director of United Way of Bedford County, the organization which the race benefitted along with the Fallen Firefighters Fund. "We want feedback on the race ... So far we've had comment after comment on the Slip 'N Slide. We just got raves on that."

Though the 5K race certainly was competitive in spirit, because it was the first year (and because great efforts were put toward making the obstacles as fun and memorable as possible), no official times were recorded. Instead, each participant received a participation medal.

"We really encouraged people to participate," Holley said. "For us, this was really more about people getting off the couch and being healthy."


This participant totally makes a splash during the Fired Up & Fit Challenge.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Holley said about 90 percent of those who ran, participated in the obstacles, though it was optional. Most folks finished the race in about 45 minutes to an hour.

The Fire and Codes Academy partnered with United Way to host the event, and organizers hope to make the adventure race one that's annual.

"It's a great partnership," Holley said. "I think all of the organizers were very pleased with the turnout and the feedback we received."

Several of the obstacles will continue to be used for training firefighters from across the state who visit the academy.

Check out t-g.com for plenty more action shots from Saturday's race. Proceeds from all photo orders will benefit United Way.