Name: Michael Ward
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to your teammate: Friends and fellow firefighter on ladder truck.
Current occupation: Firefighter/EMT Describe what you do: Protect and save lives and property.
3 words to describe you: Energetic, loyal and passionate.
Favorite hobbies: Exercise, travel and obtaining “complimentary” access to V.I.P. venues.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? James Bond #9
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? The wrestler “The Honkey Tonk Man.”
What excites you most about traveling? To make new friends with good people all over the world and immerse myself in their culture and traditions.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: It will only make us stronger. Everything you can throw at us, we will find a way to get something good out of it.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He never met a mirror he didn’t love.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Japan. Steeped in culture, clean, respectful to family, elders and education.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? Meet people of different cultures, traditions and be immersed in their world. To make new friends no matter what their backgrounds.
Name: Scott Strazzullo
Hometown: Chelsea, Mass.
Connection to your teammate: Friends and Brother Firefighter
Current occupation: Firefighter/Paramedic/Haz-mat tech
Describe what you do: I respond to fire and emergency medical situations in Boston and surrounding communities.
3 words to describe you: Team player, leader and survivor.
Favorite hobbies: Football, ice hockey and music.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Fighting a fire inside a nuclear submarine in Maine and making it out.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? The Roman General Scipio Africanus.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? George S. Patton.
What scares you most about traveling? Nothing scares me. I love to enjoy my free time traveling.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing new places and cultures, living and loving people.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: He has no filter and will say what’s on his mind which is great but sometimes leads to other matters.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Mike thinks he is a historian but sometimes he has his facts all wrong.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would like to see more of the U.S.A. (my father and uncle fought in WWII) and Korea.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? Show the world the strength, resilience, humor and personalities of people from Boston.