Contact: Carrie Proudfit, OCFR PIO
Phone: 407-836-989

Competitors Push Their Limits For 9/11 Heroes Sixth Annual 343 Hero Challenge

Over 120 athletes will honor the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 as they participate in the 2018 OCFRD 343 Hero Challenge this Saturday, hosted by the Orange County Fire Rescue Department. Individuals and teams will compete in a judged, athletic competition featuring a cross-functional style workout, combined with firefighting tasks that simulate activities the fallen firefighters may have experienced.

OCFRD is proud to announce Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Lee Ann Yanni, who will be competing, was named the 343 Hero Challenge Honor Athlete.  Yanni, a Central Florida physical therapist, was critically injured as a spectator during the Boston Marathon Bombing. Just six months later, she went on to compete in the Chicago Marathon.

The 343 Hero Challenge benefits Orange County’s 2018 United Way Campaign and Florida Firefighters Cancer Support Network. Collectively, the competition has raised more than $50,000 for charitable causes. The 343 Hero Challenge is organized entirely by Orange County Firefighters with the help of local sponsors and Crossfit Broken Chains.


8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 8

Orange County Fire Rescue Department “Fit Pit”

2976 Forsyth Rd., Winter Park 32792


8:30 a.m. – Opening ceremony/Honor Guard and memorial tribute to 9/11

9 a.m. Competition starts 

***Reserved media parking will be in front of the training facility which sits/faces Forsyth.*** Images from last year’s event.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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