The Evansville Police Foundation’s annual SWAT Challenge is back this spring with a few new obstacles to challenge even the fittest participants.
The annual 5K includes a course that begins at the Four Freedoms Monument and ends just past the Korean War Memorial on the street along the Evansville Riverfront and winds through downtown Evansville. The difference between this 5K and others you may have been a part of is that this one will have up to 21 obstacles that you must clear before crossing the finish line. like the one pictured above.
Proceeds from the event will help the Evansville Police Department provide equipment and training to SWAT team members. Now you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, isn’t the city funding the department?” That’s what my taxes are for, isn’t it? The answer is “yes” to both questions. However, the department establishes a budget each year. This budget includes daily operating costs, employee payroll, benefits, supplies, etc., etc. It will also include a variety of things the department would like to have for the coming year. This budget is submitted to the City Council who takes it and makes the final decision on what will stay and what will not stay based on the amount of tax revenue the City expects to bring in in the coming fiscal year. . Keep in mind that the City has several departments that submit budgets and request things they would like to have. While I’m sure they’d love to put a stamp of approval on anything that’s requested, the city council has to say no to a number of things because the money won’t be there.
This leaves each department looking for other ways to raise the funds they need to get what they want. For the Evansville Police Department, this job falls to the Evansville Police Foundation which receives donations and holds fundraising events throughout the year to try to obtain these funds.
2022 Evansville Police SWAT Challenge Information
The SWAT Challenge is the only 5K in Evansville with obstacles built into the course. This year’s event takes place on Saturday May 7 starting at 8:00 a.m. with new waves taking off every 15 minutes until the last wave at noon.
2022 Evansville Police Foundation SWAT Challenge Obstacles
As stated above, this year’s event will feature up to 21 obstacles that will test your stamina and physical abilities. Let’s take a look at a few you’ll need to navigate in order to reach the finish line.
You will need to climb the ladders to the second level of the parking lot at the intersection of 2nd and Locust streets.
Hummer Military Exploration
Shortly after the race begins, your first challenge will be to crawl under some Evansville Police Department Hummers.
A harder version of the monkey bars you climbed in grade school. These bars feature a 45 degree angle requiring you to use all the arm strength you can muster to pull yourself up the angle before you can get back down.
The shooting range
You’ll have to test your hand-eye coordination by shooting a few bullets at the targets in front of you. Although it is not specified what type of ammo you will fire, it will not be live ammunition.
Other obstacles include the Death Star, jumping barricades, jumping cars (Dukes of Hazzard-style), and eat donuts (it’s for the police department after all).
How to register for the 2022 Evansville Police Foundation SWAT Challenge
Registration is $40 per person and can be done ONLINE. Discounts are given for teams of four or more, with additional discounts given for teams of 10 or more. The Foundation may also offer individual discounts from time to time in the weeks leading up to the event. Follow the EP Foundation SWAT Challenge on Facebook so you don’t miss them.
[Source: EP Foundation SWAT Challenge on Facebook]
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