The Szeged fire brigade has a long tradition of sports. Colleagues are regular participants in street running competitions, multi-day or long-term runs, firefighting strength competitions. The Szeged Fire Brigade was established sixteen years ago, and this year the first Running Fire Competition was held. Today, the event has developed to a national level, which has been held in the imposing downtown of Szeged for years, the disaster management announced.
The measures taken to protect against the coronavirus also affected sports competitions. The restriction does not allow the country's biggest running race, Ultrabalaton, to be held either, although the firefighters of Szeged took part in the Balaton tour every year, with several teams from time to time. Two years ago, for example, they finished fourth in the corporate category.
Sports-friendly firefighters pondered how these challenges could be met while adhering to epidemiological measures. At that time, the idea was outlined that the 221-kilometer distance would be completed on a treadmill, and the site of the Szeged Fire Brigade's barracks was chosen.
Participants arrived at the runway section thirty minutes before their scheduled time, after completing the appropriate hygiene and entry regulations. In addition to running continuously, the two treadmills also provided the opportunity to perform the appropriate disinfection tasks.
It was a good feeling for the participants to be able to complete the Ultrabalaton in Szeged within a special framework.