San Angelo will host the Texas Police Games for the first time in 30 years, June 12-18, bringing more than 1,000 competitors to participate in more than 30 competitions.
The events include powerlifting, karate, submission wrestling, bowling, billiards, basketball, softball, golf and shooting and running events. The games are open to active duty and retired law enforcement, firefighters and members of the military.
The San Angelo Police Department is the host agency for the games and were able to select a special event for the games. SAPD chose a motorcycle rodeo in honor of Sgt. Korby Kennedy, who died in the line of duty June 25, 2015. During the motorcycle rodeo, police motorcycle officers from across Texas will compete in various skill challenges and a fun run. The motorcycle rodeo will be held at 8 a.m. daily June 13-15 in the parking lot behind the Spur Arena. The public is welcome to attend.
The public will have the opportunity to participate in the 2016 games, unlike other years of the Police Games. Usually, competitors are allowed one guest who can compete with them during events, however, for the 2016 games, several events have been opened for San Angelo residents to participate. The events are the 5K, 10K, track and field, duathlon and triathlon.
The triathlon will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at Mary E Lee Park, 2160 Mary E Lee Park Road. The 5K will be at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Kids Kingdom, 290 W. River Drive. The 10K will be at 7 a.m. Wednesday, also at Kids Kingdom.
Track and field events will be held at San Angelo Stadium, 1789 Knickerbocker Road, Thursday. Field events kick off at 8:30 a.m. and running events begin at 6 p.m.
Friday, June 17, the duathlon begins at 7 a.m. at Mary E Lee Park. Registration opens from noon to 4 p.m. June 11-12 and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 17 at the Clarion Hotel, 441 Rio Concho Drive. Anyone wishing to compete in the open events must register at least one day prior to each event.
Cost of registration is $60 for the first event and $10 per additional event. Every citizen who competes will receive a competitor T-shirt and may attend the Texas Police Games social at 6 p.m. June 14 at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, 16 E. Avenue A.
All events are open to the public for viewing.
Here is the complete schedule for the 2016 Texas Police Games: