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July 4, 2017 > SWAT Fitness Challenge tests strength and endurance

SWAT Fitness Challenge tests strength and endurance

By Mauricio Segura

Since the dawn of time man has converged on fields of play to compete in feats of amazing power, endurance, and prestige. The annual San Leandro Police Departments (SLPD) SWAT Fitness Challenge, now in its fifth year, will be held at the San Leandro Marina on Thursday, July 13. Up to 40 teams of four police officers from all over Northern California will compete against each other in a series of grueling events to raise money and awareness for the George Mark Children's House located in San Leandro.

This event was created to bring tactical teams together for an action-packed day of training, while raising money for a deserving charity. The event requires four-person teams to complete in six consecutive events in single day. The teams will navigate over 13 miles from the Bay Area hills while being challenged along the way. There are several core skills that will be tested throughout the event. Just to name a few, teamwork, marksmanship, and tactical medicine procedures, stated Lieutenant Randy Brandt of the San Leandro Police Department.

The challenge competitions will literally take contestants to their absolute limits of endurance and strength. Teams are rated on their ability to complete the tasks, and points are awarded according to the success rate of each teamÕs final accomplishment in each event.

Event One: Exercise Disciplines
A team of four persons must complete 200 burpees, 200 weighted sit-ups with a 20-pound medicine ball, and 200 box jumps onto a tractor tire. Once complete, the teams break up into pairs and are required to flip the tractor tire 25 feet, play catch 100 times with the medicine balls, and finally flip the tractor tire back another 25 feet to finalize the event.

Event Two: Weighted Carry
This event requires members of the team to carry weighted objects down a 120-foot path as many times as they can within a 10-minute period. The team with the most repetitions wins the event.

Event Three: Long Run
All members are to compete in a six-mile run on a designated course along the bay. Weighted objects are required to be carried along the first mile only.

Event Four: Group Swim
All four group members must compete in an 800-yard swim assisted by flotation devices.

Event Five: Weighted Run
Broken up into two parts, the first is a three-mile run carrying objects to the Davis Street Range, followed by 2.5-mile run back via a different course without objects. Overall combined times determined the score.

Event Six: Range Course
This is a test of shooting accuracy. All team members line up together to shoot bull's-eye targets. Each participant gets three 10-round magazines, two of which they are supposed to shoot at a distance of 12 yards, and the third at 22 yards. Each shot outside of the bull's-eye is a 10-point deduction in the overall score.

Tactical Emergency Medical (TEM) Support Training
This last event begins with a specialized training session to enhance the skills of each team. Following the training each team competes in the specialized exercise using their newly found skills. The results do not have any bearing on the rest of the events, but special TEM related prizes are awarded to the winning team.

Taking on such a feat is worthy of a cheering section, and the Fitness Challenge is open to the public who wish to watch. ÒMy entire family has been going to root for these amazing officers for the past two years,Ó says Beverly G. of Pleasant Hill. ÒIt's so much fun to watch just how fit and strong our men in blue truly are. I couldn't even imagine doing half the things that they do, and I am a marathon runner in really good shape. Aside from that, it is truly uplifting that these men compete not only for their own bragging rights, but also to raise money to a wonderful cause.Ó

Proceeds from the SWAT Fitness Challenge go to the George Mark Children's House, a foundation focusing on quality of life and continuity of care for children with illnesses that modern healthcare cannot yet cure, or for those who have chronic medical conditions. To date, the Fitness Challenge has raised approximately $153,000 for the facility, and their goal for 2017 is another $25,000. Donations are highly appreciated.

If you would like to get out to the San Leandro Marina on July 13 to cheer on these amazing officers and help raise money for a dedicated local charity, it is guaranteed to be a day of uplifting fun and excitement for the entire family.

For more information or to donate to George Mark ChildrenÕs House, visit To learn more about George Mark, visit

SLPD SWAT Fitness Challenge
Thursday, Jul 13
9 a.m.
San Leandro Marina
14001 Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro
(510) 577-3246

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