COLORADO SPRINGS - A group of talented individuals competed for the title for 'Best Warrior' over the weekend, and we were the only station to cover it.
They competed in situations most people don't think about, like running miles under 80 pounds of extra weight in gear, assessing injuries, calling for medical evacuations, and searching for enemies in unfamiliar buildings.
While all of these skills are vital training for real situations, over the weekend they were turned into a contest for military members from across the state to prove who the best of the best is.
“If the Army could have an Iron Man, this could be the Army's Iron Man," said Sgt. Maj. Russ Hamilton.
Not just anyone can do it, and for competitors, the grueling three-day marathon pushes them to their limits.
“It's tough. We really have to put our mind to it, and it takes a special type of person,” said Dalton Detwiler.
This was the first time Air National Guard has participated with Army National Guard for Best Warrior.
On Monday night, the winners were announced.
On the Army side: Specialist Robert Sheetz and Sergeant Joseph Holloway.
For the Air Force: Senior Airman Jacob Watson and Technical Sergeant Brandon Hood.
The winners selected will go on to a regional competition.