Brookshire’s Firefighter Combat Challenge returns next month to Tyler, but this time the public can participate in a separate event, and two arch Fit City fitness rivals are among the competitors.
The Combat Challenge has its roots in a university-based research study funded by the U.S. Fire Administration.
Tyler firefighters have been competing for several years and have taken dozens of awards for the efforts.
This special return event is set for Oct. 12 and 13 with all activities unfolding in the south parking lot at Broadway Square Mall, 4601 S. Broadway Ave.
But this go-around includes a little twist, Hawkins said.
“This year the public can come together with a five-man team and receive an opportunity to compete, just not in gear or an air pack,” he said. “They need a $200 entry fee.”
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Tyler Firefighters Cancer Awareness Relief Effort (CARE).
Two teams have already registered, one from the city of Tyler and the second from the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Fit City is a community effort to encourage healthy lifestyles and fitness.
“As part of the Fit City Challenge, Nelson and I have had a friendly rivalry going for the last few years,” the city manager said. “The first year I challenged him to show up for a morning walk for six weeks. He did so, which resulted in me shaving my head.”
The following year, the pair embarked on a second weight loss challenge, but no hair was lost in that competition as both men were successful in reaching their weight loss goals.
Outside observers are wondering what’s at stake in this next bout.
“Our team from the newspaper has gladly accepted the city manager’s challenge,” Clyde said. “We have assembled a very capable group to compete … we encourage others to do the same.”
The city’s team, including one alternate, is comprised of McDaniel, Police Lt. Rusty Jacks, Police Sgt. John Ragland, Recreation Specialist Heather Bolestridge, Equipment Operator Doug Coffman, Development Services Director Michael Wilson and arborist Luke Porter.
This event is free to the public thanks to the support of community sponsorships, Kim Morris, Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.
People interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Brent Hail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-721-2706.
To register a team, contact Jeremy Driver at 903-721-1503 or at email@example.com.