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  • Does anyone know any good running groups?

    I am in the hiring process (have the polygraph in a week) for Phoenix and have been working on my running, which is my weak point. I've been running/walking South Mtn. and need to really make some major headway on my running time for the next progress agility test and for the Academy, if I should receive the job. I need a running group for motivation - anyone know of anything? Would prefer at South Mountain (48th & Gradalupe entrance) as I already know of a running group in Scottsdale.

    If not, does anyone want to create our own? I usually get there at 6 am.

  • #2
    The ones I know of are thru local running supply shops:

    Performance Footwear in Tempe (http://www.performancefootwear.net/events.html) has group runs Wednesday nights at 7 and Saturday mornings at 6. They also have a running club.

    Run AZ in Ahwatukee (480-592-0900...website not working) also has a similar schedule for group runs. I think their new store over by the Gilbert PD will be having them on Wednesday nights starting in August or September.


    • #3
      I can't help you on a running group, however, once you get on (and if you enjoy running) you may want to see if you are good enough to join your agency's Challenge Cup team.

      Every spring, the Los Angeles Police Revolver And Athletic Club hosts law enforcement's annual act of lunacy, the Challenge Cup Relay (aka Baker to Vegas Race). The Challenge Cup is a 120 mile relay race that starts just north of Baker, California, goes north to Death Valley, east to Pahrump, Nevada and then south, where it ends in Las Vegas, usually at one of the major hotel/casinos. The race goes over flat land, hills and up and down a 7,000 foot mountain.

      Each team is comprised of 20 runners who must be capable of handling an average six mile leg. (The shortest leg is around 3.9 miles uphill, while the longest is 8.2 miles downhill.) In addition, each team must provide a number of alternate runners should a regular runner not show or become injured.

      Participation is limited to law enforcement agencies only (with an occasional guest team from the press or made up of judges). Competition is fierce and last year the winning time averaged 6 minutes and 50 seconds per mile throughout the entire course (including the 7,000 foot mountain).

      Around 200 teams representing law enforcement agencies from around the world participate every year and I believe Phoenix PD has entered regularly. It's a great event if you are up to it physically.
      Last edited by L-1; 07-17-2006, 08:51 PM.
      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere


      • #4
        Like reiland said, try running stores. Runners Den at 16th and Maryland. you can also try one of those marathon training groups like team in training. whatever you do keep running S mountain.


        • #5
          check at the Academy itself as many of the counselors run on their own & I'm sure wouldn't object to you joining them.Also the PD itself has an athletic club so you may want to check there. You may also want to check with Sgt. Thomas at Employment Services as I know he frequently runs with recruuits & candidates on weekends........good luck


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