It makes sense that even the police officers of TrackTown USA would excel at distance running, but UOPD Officer Anthony Button literally went the extra mile by dominating his age group at the 2018 United States Police and Fire Championships in San Diego on June 5.
Button, a UOPD officer since 2015, ran a one-day set of races that would charitably be described as "grueling:" a 10,000 meters at 8 a.m., followed by a 1,500 at 10:25 a.m. and a 5,000 at 1:10 p.m.
Button topped his 30-34 age group and placed first overall in the 1,500 (4:47.82) and 5,000 (18:13.33), and was second in the 10,000 (35:58.41).
Button obviously put his degree in exercise and sports science to work in preparing for his challenging but successful day. His fellow officers and UOPD co-workers are incredibly proud of his achievements, following months of disciplined training in addition to his full schedule of campus patrol shifts.