Friday, March 13, 2009

MALTZ Challenge Chicago - 2009 results

This year's MALTZ Challenge was held in Chicago on Friday, March 13th, 2009. Each March, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors a memorial workout through their various field offices across the country. The workout serves as a remembrance event for a Special Agent's brother, Michael Maltz, an Air Force PJ killed in action several years ago. The MALTZ Challenge is:
  • Run 400M
  • 50 pullups
  • 100M fireman's carry
  • 50 dips
  • 100 pushups
  • 50 hanging knees-2-elbows
  • 100 situps
  • Run 400M
  • Rules: No partitioning. Ex: finish all the pullups before moving on....

The Marquette Park (67th/Kedzie) location has both its positives and negatives. There is a running track, dip stations, pullup bars of various heights, and a nice grassy field. It's a great location when the weather is nice. We learned last year that doing pullups and situps in sleet and snow kinda sucks. However, this year the weather cooperated. Except for some muddy puddles that covered ankles during the dips, the 40 degree temperature was ideal!

Here were the highlights:

  • Brian M had the fastest time at 36:42. Anyone who knows Brian can surely agree he doesn't short himself on the fullest range of motion on every repetition.
  • Pat D did it in 45:19 in FULL TACTICAL ARMOR with PLATES. He's a stud. His vest probably weighs about 30 pounds. (Pat, post the weight if you can throw it on a scale!).
  • On a personal note, I shaved 11 minutes from last year. I finished in 51:00. The dips kicked my butt, and I finished the pullups much faster this year.
So... start thinking about next year's MALTZ Challenge Chicago. It's always in mid to late March. Hope to see you out next year!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


You're right on the money, my vest as set up for the challenge on 03-14-09 was 29 pounds (front and back plate). I figured that if I am to train for the fight I must train like I fight. I don't often train with a vest, ankle weights or waist weights but I am now! I find myself preparing for the fight when I'm on the range, when practicing my movement and other areas, why not PT? When I'm at work I'm not in shorts and a t-shirt although the offenders I pursue often are, so why train in shorts and a t- shirt. I'm making a commitment from now on to train weekly with a weighted vest and ankle weights to simulate boots and other gear. I am also going to push my fellow team mates on Cook County HBT to do the same. I often see the firemen at the many stair climbs that I have done as they climb the same stairs that we may have to climb to persue an active shooter in thier gear and wonder if myself and my team mates could make the climb. Point being, I now intend to train in like I fight, in gear.
Thanks for being out there, creating this blog and pushing myself and others in the LE community.

Pat D.