The 1st Responder Challenge began with the Boston’s Run To Remember. Each year departments from across the globe field teams of 5 or more runners who compete for a cash prize to their own favorite charity. It was this challenge that lead the LAPD to invite the Boston team to produce the inaugural LA race in 2016.

The Challenge

Any 1st Responder department can field a team of 5 or more runners to compete in this challenge for the 1/2 marathon only. The runners must all be sworn 1st Responders on the day of the race. The times for the fastest five runners will be averaged to determine the three fastest teams. These teams will receive a cash donation to a charity of their choosing or for use within their department to better serve their community.

Each team member must register themselves individually – though if using a running club check or if a sponsor is paying the registration fee for your team – then print paper applications and each member can mail in with a note at top saying a check is coming from (name source). We will match the applications and the check as they arrive.

When registering be sure to click yes for “Active 1st Responder” and then enter your department name. Once 5 or more from your department are registered, we will create your 1st Responder Challenge team.

Prize Money for the 2017 1st Responder Challenge

Category 1
Departments with 1,000+ firefighters/officers

$7,000 1st Place
$3,000 2nd Place

Category 2
Departments with 100–999 firefighters/officers

$5,000 1st Place

Category 3
Departments with less than 100 firefighters/officers

$5,000 1st Place

Special Sponsor Awards
$2,500 1st Place Fire Department (in the half marathon)
$500 Cadet/Explorer Post (in 10K)

Note: Each award level is based upon a minimum of 3 qualifying teams per award category.

Click Here to Download the 1st Responder Challenge Fact Sheet.

If you have any questions or would like marketing materials to promote the race, please contact or call 424-634-8424.

2016 1st Responder Challenge

Congratulations to all of our teams that participated in the 2016 1st Responder Challenge. Our top three teams were:

  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • Los Angeles Sheriff Department
  • Boston Police Department 

Thank you for your support!

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