Mason Hosts National Fitness Competition for Law Enforcement Officers

Posted: October 1, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

The third national fitness competition for male and female state troopers and highway patrol officers from throughout the United States will be held today and tomorrow on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

The 2004 LawFit Trooper Challenge, as created and organized by the university’s National Center for Public Safety Fitness, will pit individuals and teams of officers against each other as they participate in five fitness competitions, as well as a trooper challenge agility course designed especially for this two-day event. The course, approximately 200 yards in length, is designed to test each officer’s flexibility, strength, agility, endurance, and accuracy with a weapon in the pursuit of a suspect.

“The fitness challenge will be a lot of fun, but more importantly, it will emphasize how critical it is for police officers to maintain a high level of fitness, particularly during this important time in our nation’s history,” says David Bever, associate professor of health, fitness, and recreation resources and director of the National Center for Public Safety Fitness.

“We are very pleased with the response we’ve been getting from so many law enforcement agencies. It’s one measure of the importance these men and women place on the value of being fit enough to do their jobs well,” Bever says.

The event will be held in the Field House. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. this morning, followed by the bench press, sit-ups, and sit-and-reach portions of the competition. At 2 p.m., the contestants will perform pull-ups and run 1.5 miles. Saturday is dedicated to the obstacle course, beginning at 9 a.m.

The National Center for Public Safety Fitness’ LawFit program was created in 1989 specifically to address the issue of public safety professionals’ health and wellness.

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