Annual "Healthy Heart 2 Miler" to benefit JPD Swat team

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Over 350 runners came out Saturday to run for a good cause. St. Bernards annual "Healthy Heart 2 Miler" kicked off at 9 a.m. in front of St. Bernards Auditorium.

The proceeds from the race will benefit the Jonesboro Police Department SWAT team.

"We wanted to give back them to show them you know what you've got to be in good shape, heart health it goes coincide with what the SWAT team is doing," said Paul Pickens with St. Bernards Health and Wellness.

He said they do this race every year to promote heart health. But this year was a bit more challenging. At every quarter mile mark the Jonesboro SWAT team challenged runners to an exercise before moving to the next station.

"I'm working the first one and it's going to be body weight squats and the last quarter mile coming in it's going to be lunches coming in to the finish line," said Patrolman Bill Brown with JPD.

Brown said it's great to see so much support from the community.

"It's great to see all the people out here especially getting fit and doing the physical activity," he said.

Pickens said this race gives SWAT officers a chance to highlight some of the ways they keep in shape.

"As you can see they have their gear out and if you put all that gear on it weighs about 85 pounds and in order to be a policeman it takes a lot of physical strength," he said.

"It's great for us to be here and it's wonderful to see the support of the community," Brown said. "It's always a blessing when you get to see the community out here supporting us."

Pickens said this race is in conjunction with February's American Heart Month which encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle.

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