Drumheller's volunteer Fire Department gave a good showing on the weekend at the Firefit Southern Prairie Regional competition at Spruce Meadows, just south of Calgary.
"The Saturday (June 10) there was no personal bests; it rained the entire day, it was windy, it was kind of miserable (and) the course was pretty wet, but we all ran it and survived it," recalled Mitch Smith, who represented the valley along with his brother Kyle, father Merv Smith, deputy chief Duane Bolin, Ken Verschagen and Darby Page. "Sunday was a lot better, it was nicer out; that was the team stuff and we actually did fairly well."
"We had a couple of close races and ended up racing for the bronze medal, which is as far as we've ever made it before," he added. "I don't they they really expected to see us and I don't think we expected to be in there either."
Drumheller finished tops among the volunteer Firefit teams, with Mitch and Kyle Smith finishing third and fifth, respectively among individual volunteer firefighters. Duane Bolin and Merv Smith were one-two in the 50 and over age category.
"We should have been able to qualify individually (for Nationals) even though our races weren't spectacular," mused Smith. "We probably would make it for Nationals and our team should be able to make it as well if we were able to go."
The National Firefit Championship will be held this year in Ottawa from September 6 to the 10th.