American Hot Shots Extreme Run began as a run and quickly became a cause. It was founded by ex-professional football player turned potential firefighter Dave Henrey after he became sidelined with vertigo.
“Team camaraderie is big part of sports as well as being a firefighter,” says founder Henrey. “When I first came up with the idea, I wanted to create a run of the same caliber as Tough Mudder, minus the electric shock. Tough Mudder is a great event, as it donates millions of dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project.”
The Granite Mountain tragedy inspired Henrey to create a foundation that would give back to the children and spouses of fallen firefighters. The idea was to create the run and give a modest portion of the profit to the foundations.
Henrey continued, “As the run grew, so did the desire to give more. When Tammy Misner (mother of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Sean Misner) came aboard, the American Hot Shots team became the focal point of what hopes to be one of the biggest foundations for children and spouses of fallen firefighters ever born.”
American Hot Shots Extreme Run is giving 100-percent of the profits to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and local agencies. Although the cause is the priority, the run itself is not to be overlooked. The first run will take place on May 17 and 18 on a 10,000-acre ranch just outside of Santa Barbara, California. The course is being described as having 24 obstacles with 20 ½-mile bursts in between.
Although many people are intimidated by the length of the course or the obstacles, it should be noted that everyone can do it. Some will run the course in less than two hours, and some will take four+ hours, but all will finish and get the same feeling of accomplishment.
“The course will be challenging, but at the same time, we want to appeal to everyone,” said Henrey. The participants will be firefighters, Cross Fit people, students, but also everyday people who want to challenge themselves while giving to a great cause. There will be overnight camping, lots of food, and beer vendors [including Fireman’s Brew, a brewery started by Los Angeles (CA) County firemen]. There is also a kid’s run on Saturday with an “American Huey” helicopter that will serve root beer floats.
It looks to be a great weekend for the whole family. You can sign up on the Web site to run, volunteer, or donate. All of our readers can use the promo code “Mother” for a $40 savings.
So, sign up today and be part of a great weekend.
Visit www.hotshotextreme.com to learn more.
Download the flyer as a PDF HERE.