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Missoula Firefighter to Compete Before Cotton Bowl

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A Missoula firefighter will compete in a special combat challenge race before the AT&T Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas on Friday.

During a combat challenge, firefighters sprint up five flights of stairs in full gear, carrying 40 pounds of hose, and then drag a 175-pound dummy over a finish line.  

This year, Joe Waggett was invited to compete in a special race in the parking lot of the Dallas Cowboys' stadium before the Cotton Bowl.

Justin Walsh, of the Missoula Fire Department, said, "It's pretty amazing to see that dedication and to see everybody excel on a weekly basis whether it's a tenth of a second faster, or you just run a clean, fast run on your own course."

After the race, competitors will help unfurl the American flag during the opening ceremony of the Cotton Bowl.

Members of the Missoula Fire Department have been competing in the combat races nationally since 1994, and currently hold the world record of 4 minutes, 19 seconds.

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