Leavenworth Firefighter Challenge 2024

Every year thousands of Firefighters protect communities from wildland fires. We are dedicated individuals working together to defend life and property from fire's potential devastation. Variable, rugged terrain and dangerous conditions require knowledge, strength and cooperation.

The Leavenworth Firefighter Challenge serves as an opportunity for Firefighters to connect with our Brothers and Sisters from around the region. The race is an opportunity to rep our crews and departments; to demonstrate that we are ready for the coming season; and to share stories over beers and around the fire.

Cutting through the scenic foothills of the Cascades, the course climbs a grueling 1,665 vertical feet over 6.2 miles (10k) of rugged terrain. The Leavenworth Firefighter Challenge will test the physical and mental endurance of the toughest competitors.

Competitors wear full Wildland PPE throughout the race and are divided into three divisions:

  • The Probie Division: Full PPE, except your choice of footwear.
  • The Arduous Division: Full PPE including NFPA 1977 compliant wildland boots and 25lbs of weight
  • The Sawyer Division: Full PPE including a saw. A chance for the truly tough to show their grit by shouldering a chainsaw throughout the entire course.

The race is followed by a party at Ski Hill with a beer garden, food booths, and live music.

The Leavenworth Firefighter Challenge is sponsored by Chelan County Fire District #3 Volunteer Firefighter Association. CCFD #3 is a combination department serving Leavenworth and the Upper Wenatchee Valley through response to both structure and wildland fire, EMS, and technical outdoor rescue.

In addition to supporting the efforts of local volunteers, the Challenge benefits firefighters everywhere as we have partnered with the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. For over 25 years, the Wildland Firefighter Foundation has assisted the families of firefighters who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty and supported those with physical and emotional injuries on the long road to recovery.

We hope you join us a weekend of fun, sweat, beer, food, and music with the men and women of the fire service.

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