Navy Seabees Behind Hotter'N Hell Success

The city's biggest event of the year Hotter'N Hell is over. It also ranks as one of the best years. While it took months to put on tearing it down only took hours, thanks to a special group of men and women.

Newschannel 6 met up with the Navy Seabees, the faces behind Hotter'N Hell. Organizers say they couldn't put it on without them.

With 12,000 rider, 1,000 racers and hundreds of off road participants things like cones, flags and street markings may seem small to the eye, but in the scheme of things it's anything but.

"It's a pretty massive job for a small group of people," said Roby Christie, Chairman Hotter'N Hell Hundred.

The Hotter'N Hell Committee only has about 75 members, but when it comes to setting up the event and tearing it down that number doubles because of Seabees.

"They're with us every step of the way," said Christie.

On Sunday afternoon the Navy Seabees turned the end of the last race into a swarm of yellow, each one carrying fences, rolling up cloth and essentially tearing the set down.

"It is exhausting but we got a good group of guys out there who are pretty dedicated to the cause," said Jonathan Wells, Navy Seabees.

This was Wells' third year helping with Hotter'N Hell and first year leading the group. He says the hard work began on Thursday. They marked all the routes for the races and then came back at again the next morning.

"The next day we start putting all the signs up for the routes," said Wells.

Organizers say this easily ranks as one of the top three Hotter'N Hell Hundreds thanks to participation numbers and organization of staff. This year was also their largest early registration and largest trail registration and marathon registration.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.