Around 800 participants from all over the state have signed up to compete in the many different games with even more expected to sign up.
Members of the Gainesville Police Department are ready to represent the city in the competition. One of these includes Detective Maricela Del Rio from the Criminal Investigations Division, who is participating in the toughest competitor, CrossFit, and tennis, said her main focus is to have fun.
“I think this helps bring our community together in a less stressful environment, and allows for public safety personnel from all over to show each other support,” Del Rio said. “A couple of us have been training together, and in ways that is allowing us to bond.”
Lt. David Franklin and Capt. John Hopkins from the Gainesville Fire Department are teaming up in the fishing tournament as first time competitors. Franklin said that the games help build camaraderie and relationships outside of the department and serious training.
Apart from competing,…