First responders to compete in Wildlander challenge

Staff report
Posted 8/30/18

Firefighters and other first responders running with up to 30-pound packs will compete to see who's the fastest as they tackle a course in Sandstone Ranch, soon to be Douglas County's newest open …

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First responders to compete in Wildlander challenge

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Firefighters and other first responders running with up to 30-pound packs will compete to see who's the fastest as they tackle a course in Sandstone Ranch, soon to be Douglas County's newest open space.

After a two-year break, The Wildlander 5K, 12K and responder challenge returns Sept. 22, with proceeds benefiting the Larkspur Fire Protection District and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Participation is limited, and the registration deadline is Sept. 15.

“We're excited that Douglas County is allowing us to use this property again,” event organizer Rodger Greer said in a news release, “because it is just an incredibly beautiful place to run.”

The property, now owned by Douglas County, is not yet open to the public but the county has granted a one-day permit for this event. In addition to the traditional 5K and 12K races, The Wildlander features a “responder challenge” in which teams of three or more first responders will run a 5K with packs proportional to their body weight.

The top three times from each team will be used to determine the winner of The Jay Shafer Memorial Cup. A registration code is required to take part in the responder challenge. Email info@wildlander.org for details.

“We hope our brother and sister responders from up and down the Front Range will take up the challenge,” Larkspur Battalion Chief Charles Walden said in the release.

Walkers are welcome on the 5K course, and there will be races for the kids as well.

Registration fee is $20 per person for the responder challenge, $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 12K. A Wildlander T-shirt is available for $5. To register, get directions or for more information, visit wildlander.org or on Facebook @wildlander.

The Wildlander is organized by and benefits the Larkspur Fire Department (www.larkspurfire.org). The Wildland Firefighter Foundation will receive a portion of each race entry. The foundation supports families of wildland firefighters, nationwide, killed or seriously injured the line of duty. Visit wffoundation.org.

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