From Toms River Patch as reported by Karen Wall
Manchester, NJ — They flipped tires, carried sandbags and ran 5 miles, and even pulled a Humvee.
In the end, it was the Stafford Township Police Department Team Blue that came out on top in the second annual Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge hosted by the Manchester Township Police Department.
Stafford Team Blue earned the title of Fittest Police Department, beating out 17 other four-person teams for the honor. In second place was Toms River Township Police Team 1, followed by Toms River Township Police Team 2 in third.
The competition, held Wednesday at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting, raised nearly $6,000 for Ocean of Love, the charity that assists Ocean County families of children battling cancer, and the not-for-profit Manchester Township Police Foundation Inc.
“To be successful in this Elite Fitness Challenge, you must be in excellent physical condition,” Manchester Police Chief Lisa Parker said. “This is one of the most intense competitions that only highly trained athletes can successfully complete.”
The exercises included team vehicle pull, team tire flip, fence climbs, rope climbs, barrel roll, team member carry, farmers carry, clean and press, individual tire flip, pole flip/carry, sandbag carry, firehose drag, 200 yard swim, and a five mile trail run.
“Police officers need to commit to maintaining a physical standard for their entire career, as the nature of their job demands it,” Parker said. “Their departments should be proud of their accomplishment and sincere dedication to fitness.”
Manchester Detective David Fusaro and Patrolman Charles Gatnarek, who organized the event, said they are appreciative of everyone who participated and are looking forward to continuing this event and supporting various charities, the department said.
“The Manchester Township Police would like to extend a special thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Termini Nutrition Center, Forked River and Bayville; Barnabas Health Medical Group, West Orange; Cardiology Consultants of Toms River; Thompson Chiropractic, Toms River; A Simply Greener Side, Toms River, Crossfit Arx, Toms River; and Kettlebell Kitchen, New York and New Jersey,” the department said.