Written by Staff
Hero Rush brings firefighting challenge to obstacle course.
By Phil Cerroni
Hero Rush, the themed 5k that celebrates firefighters and honors the memory of fallen heroes, returned to Irving’s Trinity River Park on April 6 for a second year of exciting challenges and intense amusement. Obstacles included smoke-filled rooms, a hazmat zone where runners had to swim through a pool of slime, an obstacle course contestants had to navigate while lugging heavy tires behind them and a final test of mettle which involved people running around burning logs in order to reach the finish line.
Kaul said Irving is one of the 16 stops on the Hero Rush tour because of the popular demand from around the Metroplex.
“We have over 85,000 Facebook fans, and we kind of saw that a lot of our people on Facebook were actually from the DFW area, so we met with the CVB, the Conventions and Visitors Bureau, and they told us about Trinity View Park,” he said. “This is our second year here and we absolutely love it.”
The Grapevine fire department attended the event but as part of the Remembrance Rescue Project that commemorates the sacrifice of firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 and educates young Americans about that day. Fire departments around the country host either “Rescue 4” or “Rescue 5”, two of the trucks that took part in the rescue efforts surrounding the World Trade Center.
“It’s a living memorial, museum piece, so we’re proud to host it, take it out to events and show it off and educate people about it and remember and honor the guys that lost their lives that day,” said Sean McGregor, a firefighter with Grapevine FD.
Matt Ivy, a member of Dallas FD participating in Hero Rush, said the event accurately simulates the dangers faced by firefighters.
“It’s actually pretty close to what we do sometimes, especially with things they show in the movies,” he said. “[In movies] going to house fires, you can see everything. [In real life] you can’t see anything with all the smoke – you can’t see your hand in front of your face, and some of the obstacles are like that.”