by City of Huntsville staff
City of Huntsville Police Officer Ricky Roberts took the silver medal in the Texas Police Games held in Fort Worth June 10-16. Officer Roberts ran an amazing pace in the 10K in a field of more than 20 runners. The Police Games are held every year, giving police officers from around the state the opportunity to compete in a variety of events.
Officer Roberts, an eight-year veteran with the Huntsville Police Department, signed up to participate in the triathlon on the first day and the 10k run on the next day. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the triathlon was cancelled, giving Officer Roberts an opportunity to focus all his efforts on the 10K.
“I felt pretty good going into the run. I had run the Woodlands Marathon at the beginning of March and had a goal time of 3 hours and 30 minutes that I fell short of by five minutes,” Officer Roberts said. “I had run another marathon in 2010 and wanted to see how I could improve my time. I was able to trim 30 minutes off my overall time, utilizing better training, pacing, and nutrition.”
Additionally, Officer Roberts has been focusing on weight lifting, only getting a run in once a week. He said lifting weights is easier for him to do when the weather gets hot, and he typically works out three to four times a week – rotating weight training, running, cycling, and swimming.
“I think the hardest part of finding time to work out is making it a priority while being conscious of job schedules for my wife and me, and having quality family time. Our children are two and four,” Officer Roberts said, “so most of my runs involve putting my kids in a double jogging stroller and going for 30 or 40 minutes before we play at the park. As a police officer, I am required to keep up my physical endurance and strength, which I feel is important.”
Officer Roberts has participated in the Police Games twice before, in 2013 and 2014, both of which were held in Clear Lake.
“I have entered the cycling road race and time trial, as well as the duathlon, which includes a two-mile run, ten-mile bike course, and another two-mile run. I have enjoyed all the events I have participated in and truly appreciated the opportunity to meet police officers from all over the state,” Officer Roberts said.
Officer Roberts is already looking forward to the 2019 Police Games, set to be held in Abilene.
“Having races as goals for training has been a pleasure. The Police Games provide the chance for me to connect with other officers through sport and friendly competition,” Officer Roberts said. “Many thanks to the City of Huntsville and our community for encouraging my participation and acknowledging my success.”