WHEN: July 29-31, 2022
WHERE: Calder Plaza and Ottawa Avenue, Grand Rapids MI
The Official Firefighter Challenge, with its more than 30-year rich history of serving the fire service, is coming to Grand Rapids this summer! This event, brought to us by the Grand Rapids Fire Prevention Foundation, highlights various skillsets and talents of firefighters as competitors climb a five-story tower, drag and hoist fire hoses, simulate forcible entry, and race around obstacles on the most recognized firefighter training course in the world!
Companies and non-profits can also offer a unique team building experience by running a relay challenge on the same course while raising money for charity! Kids can try out the Kid’s Challenge Course and enjoy other family friendly activities that promote fun, wellness, and fire safety! Food and drink will be available for attendees, including “Beer City” brews for the adults.
Interested in becoming a firefighter?
Come visit our recruitment booth, available all weekend, to learn more OR SIGN UP below for our 'on course' recruitment experience!
Don’t want to compete but still want to get involved?
We welcome you to join us in honoring and supporting these dedicated individuals by becoming a sponsor, offering an in-kind donation, or volunteering at the event.
Attendance to the event is free to the public!
2022 GR Firefighter Challenge Event Overview(PDF, 594KB)
Schedule of Events(PDF, 169KB)
THE FIREFIGHTER CHALLENGE COURSE
CHALLENGERS: Sworn Firefighter Personnel or Civilian Athletes
CHALLENGE DIVISIONS: Individual Participant $40, Team $0-$200 (New Relay Team, Veteran Relay Team, Tandem Team, Team)
Click on the button below for more details and to sign up!
Visit our Recruitment booth, available all weekend! Or sign up for an 'OnCourse' recruitment experience by clicking HERE and selecting the "Be a Firefighter" option for the day of your choice. It's Free!
Take the Firefighter Challenge!
THE CHARITY RELAY CHALLENGE COURSE
CHALLENGERS: Any group of five (5) team members who wish to fundraise for the Grand Rapids Fire Prevention Foundation or other non-profit of their choice!
CHALLENGE DIVISIONS: $25 per person
All Male (ages 19+), All Female (ages 19+), Coed (ages 19+)All Seniors (Ages 62+, all male, all female, coed), Youth (Ages 15-18, all male, all female, coed)
Before you sign up, you can read more about this challenge at: https://charityrelaychallenge.org/
Grand Rapids Fire Prevention Foundation (38 La Grave Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 phone: 616.456.3933)
Choosing the GRFD Fire Prevention Foundation as your charity means your contribution will impact the local Grand Rapids community through neighborhood and school public education, smoke alarm programs, and community awareness
Click below for registration details and to sign up!
Take the Charity Relay Challenge!
Contact us at: GRfirefighterchallenge@grcity.us or 616-260-4762
Information on special hotel rates is available on either of the sign-up sites above.
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