World Challenge XX returns to Myrtle Beach - Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge
Myrtle Beach will once again play host to the “Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge World Challenge.” The Challenge will take place Nov. 14-19, 2011 at Broadway at the Beach.
Known as the “toughest two minutes in sports,” the Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge, was developed to promote and showcase the talents, skills and athleticism of America’s firefighters.
The purpose of the combat challenge is to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the rigorous nature of their work. The event is expected to attract about 1,500 firefighters and more than 4,000 of their family and friends from about 25 municipalities of all sizes throughout the United States, Canada and other countries like New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile and South Africa. Over the years, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge has been broadcast on ESPN and VERSUS and viewed in millions of homes across the country.
“We are very excited to be coming back to Myrtle Beach for the World Challenge,” said Dr. Paul Davis, president and Challenge Founder. “This Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge not only represents the physical demands that firefighters face on a daily basis, but also encourages a healthier lifestyle, thus increasing quality of life for these everyday heroes. The competitors that will attend are some of the toughest in the world.”
“Having the Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge come to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the first time was tremendously exciting, so you can imagine how thrilled we are to have them return in 2011,” said Brad Dean, President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB.“We had a huge crowd of spectators come out last year and we look forward to hosting these talented individuals and their families and friends this year as well.”
Annually, the challenge attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments at more than 25 locations and is now expanding to countries around the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa. The challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession’s rigors to the public. Wearing “full bunker gear” and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a series of linked tasks.
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