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For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Diane Giles
410.872.9303 |

For Immediate Release



Columbia, MD – January 4, 2012 – Hero Rush, the dynamic new firefighter-themed obstacle race and experience, is coming to Fairplex on June 30, 2012. Designed for mainstream consumers by veteran firefighters, Hero Rush will challenge participants from all walks of life to experience what firefighters face every day.
“Runners will tackle a 5K or longer course studded with 15-20 obstacles that simulate real emergencies,” said co-founder Dave J. Iannone. “They’ll crawl through a smoke-filled maze, scale steep roofs, drag a massive fire hose to the blaze, climb ladders and bust through windows to find victims trapped inside – and a few surprises, too.” 

“We’re really looking forward to bringing Hero Rush to Fairplex,” Iannone said. “The combination of buildings, roadways and a grass-covered horse track infield will enable us to build a unique course, and we’ve gotten great feedback from our Facebook fans in the Southern California area.”

Obstacle races are one of the fastest growing segments of the running industry, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, with thousands of participants expected at Hero Rush.

“These events have become very popular over the last two years,” said co-founder Christopher Hebert. “They’re perfect for everyone, from experienced runners looking for a new challenge, to teenagers and college students, to people of all ages who just want to get out and get active.”

The all-day event will feature an Inferno Midway, where both runners and spectators can practice their firefighter skills on stand-alone obstacles and challenges. This family-friendly festival area will also include two kid’s courses, demonstrations from local fire departments, food and drinks, apparel and merchandise tents, music and entertainment.

Hero Rush will give back to the firefighting community through national and local fire-related charities.  As the designated national charity, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will receive a $20 donation for each runner who runs in the “343 Wave” honoring the firefighters killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Hero Rush will also identify a local fire-related charity to receive the proceeds from the Kid’s Firefighter Adventure Course.

To suggest a California charity – or for information on how local fire departments and potential sponsors can get involved – visit or email

Events are also scheduled for Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, North Texas, Oregon, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Central Florida and Central Texas.

About Hero Rush
Created by firefighters, Hero Rush is the firefighter-themed obstacle race & experience where participants get an intense, challenging and fun look at what it takes to be a hero. Runners on the 5K+ course will tackle over 15 unique obstacles – slide, climb, get wet, get lost, get wetter – makes some saves and feel the rush. All participants can enjoy the Inferno Midway with additional challenges, music, food, two kid’s courses, demonstrations and more.
Upcoming events, registration, charity/sponsor information and more available at