Toughest two minutes in sports arrives in the Hub City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/6/10

Toughest two minutes in sports arrives in the Hub City

LUBBOCK,TX (KCBD) - It has been dubbed the toughest two minutes in sports by ESPN and the competition is in Lubbock.

More than 100 firefighters from across the country are in the Hub City to compete in the International Firefighter Combat Challenge. "Team Lubbock" is ranked 8th in the world.

The challenge demonstrates to the public how rigorous this profession is. You can see each firefighter put their gear on and race head-to-head with others as they simulate real-life situations.

Some of the challenges include climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized dummy.

The course is to promote physical activity. The number one killer for firefighters is heart disease. "This promotes physical fitness for firefighters. Firefighters by nature are competitive, so we get to come out here and meet firefighters from around the nation," says Justin Rhodes, Lubbock Firefighter.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening with individual head-to-head races. You can watch all the events for free, at the west parking lot of the South Plains Mall. There will also be a celebrity relay challenge and a free kids firefighter challenge for the little ones. The event will also be held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

KCBD NewsChannel 11's Christie Post went through the rigorous obstacle course and has a new appreciation for firefighters. She finished in three minutes and 51 seconds. The record stands at one minute and 19 seconds, but on average people finish in about two minutes.

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