MS Highway Patrolmen dominate in national physical fitness competition
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Mississippi isn't known as the physical fitness state, but a group of Mississippi Highway Patrolmen are about to turn the tide.
Eight troopers of various rank make up the Mississippi Highway Patrol's 'Law Fit' team. 'Law Fit' is a national strength and endurance competition, and the MHP team has won eight times, including seven times in a row. They will compete against other law enforcement teams in sit-ups, pull-ups, a 1 1/2 mile run, an obstacle course, and more.
The MHP team has dominated to the point that the competition is moving from Virginia to Olive Branch, Mississippi, and next year it will take place in Madison.
The team members take it seriously, training for hours each day in the summer sun.
"We train five days a week, sometimes six," says Trooper 1st Class Ryan Buckley, who has won the nationals twice as an individual.
"I can say, when it comes to fitness and law enforcement, Mississippi Highway Patrol has a dynasty," says Captain Thomas Tuggle, who is also the team's captain.
The competition takes place in mid-July in Olive Branch.