MANDEVILLE, La. (WGNO) - A Mandeville police woman is about to do something fellow officers have never done. Becky White is preparing to run a half marathon in full uniform.
Patrol officer Becky White is not rushing off to fight crime and violence.
Instead, she's warming to benefit a good cause.
"I’m ready!" she says.
The New Orleans area native has been an avid runner since high school.
"It helps me relax, it helps organize my thoughts, think about my day and I feel great after I do it," White said.
She says this weekend’s Gulf Coast Half Marathon will be fulfilling because just like the Law Enforcement Torch Run she participated in years ago, it will raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.
"I think this is a great program because it helps self-confidence, and teaches them team work and they get to get out there and not feel that something is necessarily wrong with them but they're part of the team," White says.
But there's a special challenge for officer white.
She'll be caring an extra 25 pounds over the course of 13-miles.
That's right; she'll be in full uniform.
"It creates a challenge because when you run you are normally in the most technical light weight clothes. This, on the other hand, I’m going to have this extra weight around my waist. I'll be running; it'll be bouncing. I'll have the bullet proof vest on," she explains.
White has been preparing for weeks for the feat she won't soon forget.
"I’m sure the first mile I’ll be excited. I'm sure in the middle I might be thinking what am I doing? This is crazy, but once I cross that finish line and I get to see those special Olympic athletes that'll be there it'll be worth it."
The 5th Annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon is set for 7 a.m. Sunday at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville.