Cops Run a Marathon a Day from Los Angeles to Sacramento in Honor of Fallen Officers

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Two LAPD officers are running 420 miles in full uniform, from Los Angeles to Sacramento, in honor of colleagues killed in the line of duty.

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LAPD officers Joe Cirrito and Kristina Tudor started their 12-day journey Monday; each set out to run 26 miles a day, the equivalent of a marathon, until they reach their final destination. 

“They are about a day-and-a-half in and they’re in good spirits,” LAPD Officer Chris Jongsomjit, who is spearheading the campaign, told “They’re motivated and strong.”

Both officers are running in their 30-pound full uniforms, which include a flak vest, duty belt and boots.

After one of Cirrito’s best friends was killed on 9/11, he was especially affected by officers dying in the line of duty. “In the past year or so, attacks on officers and officers dying by gunfire [have] been going up steadily. It was getting us emotionally going and we wanted to do something,” Jongsomjit said.

To support the endeavor, Jongsomjit founded Bluecoat Music, a non-profit intended to raise awareness for fallen officers, and collect funds for the families left behind. 

He and his colleagues also dreamed up Project Endure, the 12-day relay from Los Angeles to California's capital city.

Each cop runs a marathon a day – Cirrito taking the first leg, and Tudor meeting him 20 miles from his starting point to take on the second leg.

A support team of about 40 volunteer officers – each taking vacation time to participate in the event – follow Cirrito and Tudor to make sure the two officers are safe and hydrated.

“It’s kind of a big logistical beast here, but everyone’s really excited about it,” he said.

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Cirrito and Tudor have been training for months, on top of their full-time jobs. 

"I didn’t want to wait until I knew someone personally who was killed before I did something. It’s a very small world, and this is our way of giving back,” Jongsomjit said. 

Donations can be made on Project Endure's website or the group's GoFundMe page.

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