Officers compete at fitness event in Olive Branch

By Chip Washington - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Police officers from the Mid-South and across the country are competing with each other to see who is the fittest.

Muscles, broad shoulders and bare chests were on full display in Olive Branch at Law Fit, an athletic competition for law enforcement officers designed to determine one's overall fitness and bragging rights.

"Everybody's now competing against each other, so this is bragging rights," said Lt. Thomas Tuggle, who helped organize the event. "We've got Brandon PD, Madison County sheriffs, and Pearl Police Department. They're bragging for rights to take back down in the central part of the state."

Along with teams from Mississippi, officers traveled from as far away as Virginia to strut their stuff.  The winning will earn a shot at the national competition in October, as well as a championship ring.

Open to men and women, events include, bench press, pull ups, sit and stretch, and a 1.5 mile run.

Olive Branch police officer LeAnn Farr convinced her husband Jeff, a Memphis police officer, to compete.

"She really wanted me to do it and I thought well if she wants me to do it I'll take part," Jeff said. "I enjoy working out and being active and I get to meet a lot of other people from other agencies."

Leanne summed up the competition in very simple terms.

"He can win physically, but I always win mentally," she quipped.

The competition, which started Thursday, will conclude Saturday.

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