May 28 – June 1, 2019 • Orlando, Florida

Are You As Tough As A Firefighter?

The 3M | Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge comes to ACSM/Orlando

Colleges, universities and exhibitors are invited to form 3-5 person relay teams and race on the same course as professional firefighters for high honors, bragging rights and cool prizes.

ESPN’s Toughest Two Minutes in Sports™ will be located on the Rosen Center parking lot, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center. Starting on Tuesday morning May 28 and for the next two days (May 29 and 30), Challenge Firefighter Mentors will explain, demonstrate and coach teams on the five connected fire ground tasks [Climb, Hoist, Slam, Pull, Drag] that comprise The Challenge. The Relay Team will then organize their members by task and run for a Seeding Round time for record.

Register Your Team

Register your team online for a 30-minute practice time slot. All members of a team shall be from the same organization. There is no charge for playing and every team member will receive a free tee shirt


The Competition

The seeding round will be updated on the Leaderboard, in the lobby of the Convention Center. The Top 32 Teams will face off under the lights on Thursday night for a NCAA-style Single Elimination Tournament. Fire helmets and gloves will be provided. Bring your own athletic gear and footwear.

The Symposium
A two-hour symposium on Friday afternoon, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, will provide relevant research and practical approaches to work hardening, employee selection, and occupational health surveillance during the 2-hour session.

What is the origin of the Firefighter Combat Challenge?

The Firefighter Combat Challenge® is the only federally-funded, university-based occupational physiology research grant that became an internationally televised and touring sport. With its roots in a 1975 FEMA grant, researchers of the University of Maryland’s Sports Medicine Center, collaborating with the Washington DC’s Council of Governments (COG) and the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI) conducted a first of a kind study of the metabolic demands and lactate kinetics of 100 randomly selected firefighters from five political jurisdictions. The results of the study were published in MSSE[1].

Davis, Paul O., Charles O. Dotson and D. Laine Santa Maria. “Relationship Between Simulated Firefighting Tasks and Physical Performance Measures.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 65-71, 1982.

What are the availability of practice times/slots?

We will start the daily schedule at 8, until 11, and commence again at 2 until 7. There are two lanes (red and blue); you will have 30 minutes if the schedule is filled.

Do we have to have 5 members?

Five is recommended as there are five distinct tasks or evolutions. Plus, the fatigue effect is less if you spread the workload since you’ll have to run multiple times to make the medal stand. But three members is the minimum requirement.

Can we improve our time with multiple runs?

Yes, time permitting. Initially 30 minutes will be allocated for your training slot. Multiple runs may be made to improve your time.

What if I’d like to try running the course solo, like the firefighters?

Time and space permitting, there will be loaner gear and SCBA (the 3M | Scott Air-Pak®) available. Any ACSM member that can post a sub-3 minute time may run the competition free of charge along with the Challenge Athletes on Saturday.

Who can be on our team?

Any bona fide student, graduate student or faculty/staff member or exhibitor employee from the same organization can make up a team.

What gear is required and provided?

NFPA compliant helmets will be worn by all. Gloves will be provided but not required. You may use your own hand protection. There are two events or tasks were gloves can be advantageous.

If I don’t want to compete, is there something else that I can do?

We always welcome volunteers to reset the course for their fellow athletes.

What constitutes a “good” time?

For novice class, a time under two minutes should qualify your team for the finals. The World Record, held by Carlsbad, NM is 1:02.79