A team of Oceanside Police Department officers have embarked on a journey that will have them biking more than 3,000 miles in the name of charity. The Race Across America is an annual event that starts on the West Coast and finishes on the east.
Team Oceanside PD consists of five active duty officers. It also includes a firefighter from Stockton, a crime evidence tech and one retired officer. They departed from the Oceanside Pier on Saturday and will end up in Anapolis, MD later this week.
A spokesperson for the department said there are a total of 50 teams that are participating in the race. This includes participants from more than 20 different countries. In addition, 4o solo cyclists have signed up. Each person who enters the Race Across America is asked to raise money for a charity. The Oceanside PD team will be riding for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
They hope to collect $5,000 in tax-deductible donations through this effort.
One member of the Oceanside PD team reportedly said the National Multiple Sclerosis Society was chosen because his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease several years ago. His uncle died from it, he said.
These men and women have been putting in hours and hours of training. Combined they have been riding more than one thousand miles each week. They have said that the physical fitness that comes with it has helped them make decisions and perform better in their jobs. The retired officer said he has taken up training as if it is an unpaid part time position.
They also feel that people will have a more positive image of officers when they see them giving back to the community.
A representative from the Oceanside PD said they are happy to see such dedication and commitment. They are proud of the effort and wish their team well.