Saturday, May 21, 2011

EVENT: 2011 Illinois SWAT Challenge

Artwork by Dick Kramer (studio website)

The details of the 2011 Illinois SWAT Challenge have been announced. The two-day event will take place on August 23rd and 24th, 2011. Registration for a 6-man squad is FREE, limited to a total of ten squads. Competition Squads should consist of five operators and one sniper, with a seventh member as an emergency backup. If you need to know the location, get ahold of me.

The five courses that comprise this event test: physical fitness, pistol and rifle marksmanship, target discrimination, teamwork, leadership, communication, and a variety of other individual and team skills.

Why do I post this event on this blog? Those officers with a realistic or practical fitness program tend to perform better under these life-like conditions than those with a "lift-and-run" routine. The competition demands whole-body movements and anaerobic abilities. The (near-)maximal effort of functional fitness workouts replicates the physical demands during these courses, which simulate actual combat conditions.

If you are on a tactical team in Illinois, consider entering a competition squad this year. It tests your mind, you body, and your spirit!

To read a short review on the 2010 event, click here.

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