Officers, Firemen ‘Run and Gun’ For Medals In San Diego

On May 30, San Diego hosted the U.S. Police and Fire Championships, drawing officers and firemen from around the country for a biathlon that involved “running 3 miles and pistol-shooting at human-likeness targets.”

A total of 31 individuals competed.

According to the Times of San Diego, under “National Rifle Association rules, contestants run a mile, shoot 12 rounds standing, run another mile, shoot another 12 rounds and finish with a third mile.” The guns they use are required to be “.38-caliber or larger” and “totally stock police-duty firearms such as would be issued to a police recruit in the academy.”

Central Marin Police Authority’s Patty Monge told the Times: “It’s a good way to network and you see studly athletes. You see some phenomenal athletes, and you want to say, ‘Why are you a cop or fireman? You could be a professional.’”

Some of the participants in the San Diego games will now take part in “the World Police & Fire Games in late June in Fairfax, Virginia, and surrounding areas.”

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