Hi, I’m Tammy Misner, mother of Granite Mountain Hotshot Sean Misner. When Dave Henery approached me with the idea of an extreme mud run to support families of fallen firefighters – exclusively, Wildland firefighters (“Hotshots”) – I was so excited! Little did I know that I would actually participate in the event!
When my daughter in law decided she was going to do it and began putting a team together, I had to participate, and I’m so glad I did! It was an amazing event and took me over more obstacles not only in the event, but personal ones as well.
American Hotshots Extreme Run was one of the most amazing events I, family members, and friends have ever done!!! Our team consisted of Sean’s wife Amanda, Dad Ron Misner, Sean’s best friend Jason Lambert, Uncle Tim McElwee, Cousin Tera McElwee, Friend Katie, Friend Dan and myself.
As a marathon runner, I had never done an extreme run with obstacles that we had to run and climb over! We had an awesome team, family, friends! The challenge was incredible! I felt like our team fought like a Hotshot team would on a fire, helping each other over obstacles and hanging back with those who were struggling a little.
We had some really funny situations and scary ones, but the funny ones are the lasting ones. Example: I climb to the top of the first obstacle and am so afraid, look down at my brother and say I can’t do it. He looked up at me and said I have no choice, because he wasn’t going to come up after me. Strength consumed me and I made it down. All the other obstacles were a breeze because of the camaraderie and team support.
Awesome course, awesome team! We did it and prevailed! Thank you to Dave Henery and Valerie Madeira for making this happen! I’m looking forward to future American Hotshots Extreme Runs and being a part of this amazing organization!
Tammy Misner, Mother of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Sean Misner