DALLAS -- “It’s tough enough doing it in shorts and a singlet. I can’t imagine," Denton's Keith Pierce said Saturday. "It’s pretty awesome that those guys could do that.”
“They’re already amazing at their job," added Dallas' Jordan Snyder. "I can’t imagine running that in full gear."
Pierce and Snyder are your men's and women's BMW Dallas Marathon champions, both winning the event for the first time. So what could be so unthinkable to these 26 mile magicians?
The sight of 20 uniformed Police officers from California's Bay Area who ran the marathon.
San Leandro PD Sergeant Ryan Gill came up with the idea to honor DPD after the July 7 ambush by gathering officers from his region to run the race Sunday. He was able to get 20 from nine different Police forces, and they did it for a single purpose.
“We wanted to come together as a force, as brothers in blue and come out here and support our guys in Dallas," said Fremont (CA) Officer Jason Macciola.
The "Police are a brotherhood" mantra may seem overused to some, but there's no doubt it rings true for the brothers and sisters in blue, even when it hurts.
“Full gear adds a lot. Adds a lot of weight, but more than that, there’s a mental toughness to it," Macciola said.
The Bay Area cops fought through the pain of 26 miles to make a statement to the officers in Dallas, but they were the ones feeling changed after.
“To be out here, to be in Dallas, with everybody shaking our hands, taking our pictures, and really showing us hospitality, and then being around your brothers in blue and pushing yourself through something you never thought you could get through, today’s a life changing experience and I’m blessed to be here," Macciola said.
Both of our winners have incredible stories in their rise to the top spot, but sometimes it isn't the tape breakers with the craziest tales to tell.
Here's to the Bay Area Blue for their 26.2.