CAMDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Over a hundred participants gathered at the Snow Bowl in Camden today to take on the Run For Your Life Emergency Service Challenge. This is the second year for the 5k obstacle course which featured eleven different obstacle challenges similar to those an emergency service member would face.
Participants ran up and down three miles of rough and muddy mountain terrain, stopping to complete each challenge. The event wasn't a competition but instead a way to bring awareness to the community about the importance and necessity of police, fire fighters, and EMT's and other emergency service members. For many the event was a fun challenge, but for one Rockland Police officer, it was a much bigger accomplishment.
"Eighteen months ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and, you know, that's been a challenge. It's been going pretty good. I'm just happy to be able to accomplish this and complete this today. It's a personal challenge," said Officer Billy Smith.
Today's runners said they enjoyed the event and are proud of finishing, but they think they'll be sore for a few days. All proceeds of today's event will be used to put on next year's Emergency Service Challenge.