Firefighters race down giant slalom course at Sunday River

Posted March 30, 2013, at 11:07 a.m.
Tom Printup of the Auburn Fire Department, reaches for the finish line during the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Tom Printup of the Auburn Fire Department, reaches for the finish line during the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Steve Johnson leads the firefighter ski team from Rochester, N.H., around a gate in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Steve Johnson leads the firefighter ski team from Rochester, N.H., around a gate in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Steve Johnson leads the team from Rochester, N.H., around a gate in the Firefighters Race at the Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Steve Johnson leads the team from Rochester, N.H., around a gate in the Firefighters Race at the Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Hopkinton, Mass., firefighters (from left) Chris Boudette, Nate Martel, Don Delude, and Capt. Sean Weldon ride the chairlift before competing in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race. Seventeen teams from as far away as Connecticut competed at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Hopkinton, Mass., firefighters (from left) Chris Boudette, Nate Martel, Don Delude, and Capt. Sean Weldon ride the chairlift before competing in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race. Seventeen teams from as far away as Connecticut competed at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Kyle Demillo (30), of the Jay Fire Department, shouts encouragement to the leader Griffin Couture as they near the finish line in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Kyle Demillo (30), of the Jay Fire Department, shouts encouragement to the leader Griffin Couture as they near the finish line in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
The team from Auburn crosses the finish line during the 23rd annual Firefighter's Race at the Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
The team from Auburn crosses the finish line during the 23rd annual Firefighter's Race at the Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Like father, like daughter -- Casidee Couture and her dad, Rick Couture, carry the hose around a gate for the team from Jay while racing in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Like father, like daughter -- Casidee Couture and her dad, Rick Couture, carry the hose around a gate for the team from Jay while racing in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
The team from Bethel stretches out as they carry a 50-foot-long hose while competing in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at the Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
The team from Bethel stretches out as they carry a 50-foot-long hose while competing in the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at the Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Kyle DeMillo of Jay Fire and Rescue, celebrates a strong run that put his team in the top three despite crashing at the finish line during the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.
Kyle DeMillo of Jay Fire and Rescue, celebrates a strong run that put his team in the top three despite crashing at the finish line during the 23rd annual Firefighters Race at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Newry.

NEWRY, Maine — The Newry Fire Department edged out 13 other teams from as far away as Connecticut to take first place in the 23rd annual Firefighters’ Race at Sunday River on March 24.

Proceeds from the race, as well as the 21st annual Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff and the 28th annual Ski-A-Thon, helped raise more than $330,000 for Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation.

Newry’s winning time was 38.71 seconds. Jay Fire and Rescue took second place and Bethel finished third.

For the event, teams of five firefighters in full gear raced down a giant slalom course on the Tempest trail toting 50 feet of firehose. Teams were composed of skiers and snowboarders.

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