Idle Free Jamboree races to raise environmental awareness (w/video)

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The police department and fire department in Victoria went head to head to raise awareness about air quality.

The friendly rivalry began last year when the Victoria fire chief and police chief battled it out in a soap box race.

That rivalry continued Saturday at the Idle Free Jamboree between the assistant chiefs.

"I'll win - I'm racing against a fireman," Assistant Police Chief Roy Boyd joked before the race against Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Fox.

As soon as the buzzer went off, Boyd took off like a blaze of fire, leaving the assistant fire chief in his dust and taking home the win.

The event, which is put on by city of Victoria Environmental Services, hosted 16 schools from Victoria Independent School District at the jamboree.

In previous years, the event was at Riverside Park, but thanks to donations from Atzenhoffer, Home Depot and Waste Management, supplies for new vehicles were made available, and they were able to move to the track near Memorial Field.

About 300 people attended the race, which was open to elementary, middle and high school students.

Education specialist Breanna Plunkett said the event is geared toward children because "they're our future."

Victoria's air quality is close to exceeding regulations, and Plunkett said reaching children in a fun way is a great way to get the message out.

The event promotes awareness about idle-free zones in Victoria, Plunkett said. Idle-free zones are areas in town where drivers are supposed to turn off their vehicles when waiting.

The race between the assistant police and fire chiefs closed out the races, and local celebrities Brian Parker and the Scott Taylor Band opened the race.

"It was a good, fun event for a good cause," Boyd said.