On Saturday, October 15, 2011 LAPD Metropolitan Division will be hosting their 4th Annual Challenge Run at the Elysian Park Los Angeles Police Academy (next to Dodger Stadium) in honor of fallen SWAT Officer Randy Simmons. In addition to the run, they will also host a 26 mile Police Unity Tour Bike Ride as well as Randy’s CrossFit Challenge.
You may be familiar with the name Randy Simmons as one of our Hero WODs (75 Power Snatches @ 75#) is named after him. However, you might not be familiar with his story:
Randy Simmons, a 27 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, is the only LAPD SWAT Officer killed in the line of duty in the history of LAPD SWAT. In February 2008 Randy was a part of a SWAT entry team that was extracting and rescuing family members who were being held hostage by a lone gunman who had already killed others in the house. He was killed in the line of duty during the operation by a gunshot from the suspect. His funeral was attended by over 10,000 people worldwide.
In his bio, Randy was described as outgoing, easy to talk to, loyal, selfless, focused, compassionate, brave, inspirational and had a special passion for children. It was this passion that led him to develop and direct a children’s outreach program titled “Glory Kids.” He would visit with kids throughout several of the most gang active and dangerous Los Angeles housing projects to encourage them to stay away from drugs and gangs and to show them a different way of life. He would take the children on outings to sporting events or to the local swimming pool. He would play with them on the playgrounds and distribute gifts from Santa at Christmas. He was a much loved role model and is still missed by those who knew him as well as those that did not as he affected so many in his community. Randy didn’t contribute above and beyond for fame or recognition. In fact it wasn’t until after his death, that his fellow Officers learned of his “Glory Kids” charity.
It’s not too late to sign up for this event through Active.com. His fellow SWAT Officers are continuing in Randy’s philanthropist spirit and donating the proceeds from this event to The Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation, a non-profit organization, which was established to continue Simmons’ work with those in need. If you are only interested in Randy’s CrossFit Challenge, it will take place immediately after the 5K. Participants can choose to enter either as individuals or in teams of 4. I’ve been informed that the CrossFit Challenge will consist of the following:
3 Rounds for time
Row for calories (1 min)
Box Jumps (1 min)
KB Swings (1 min)
Burpees (1 min)
Tire Flip or log carry
(THE WOD IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Max Height Box Jump 1-1-1