(Olive Branch, MS) Fitness is a way of life for Jason Young.
“We always have to maintain our fitness levels. It’s a lot easier to maintain tHan attain fitness. These events truly test that,” said Young.
As an officer of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, he has to be fit.
That’s why he and his partner Chris Reed train for the LawFit challenge.
“It stresses being in shape, which is key to survival when you get out there and you’re working,” said Reed.
Every year, officers from all around the country come to Olive Branch to compete for the top prize. Six events over three days include bench press, running and sit-ups.
Other events for the 119 competitors include push-ups, pull-ups until you drop, and agility and flexibility.
This is the first year Southaven PD has ever competed as a team.
“It’s important that as law enforcement officers we stay fit to cut down on injuries and to make us able to handle whatever life throws at us every day on the street,” said Lt. Richard Chandler.
He says they started holding the competition in Olive Branch years ago because so many winners came from Mississippi.
With more than 100 competitors from all around the country, that means a lot of hotel rooms and meals helping Olive Branch’s economy.
“I’ve been very pleased especially coming down to Olive Branch. The state of Mississippi has opened its arms to us and we will continue to have our national challenge,” said Dr. Dave Bever.
The biggest event will be an intense lifelike obstacle course, in which they chase a suspect Saturday at Olive Branch High.