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UCPD Detective Trish Harding Finishes Second in Her Age Group at 2014 United States Police and Fire Championships

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UCPD Detective Trish Harding

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside Police Detective Trish Harding placed second in her age division in the half marathon at the 2014 United States Police and Fire Championships in San Diego on Monday, June 23, 2014.

The week-long USPFC features more than 4,000 athletes representing law enforcement, fire, prisons and border protection from across the United States competing in 50 Olympic-style events.

Harding ran the 13.1 mile course in 1:53:59, good for second in the 40+ division. Her time was the second best performance of her career, just behind her time of 1:51:20 at the San Diego Women’s Half Marathon in February 2013.

Harding said that she really enjoyed the race around the Miramar Reservoir because of the small field and the positive energy surrounding the competition.

“There were about 70 competitors – I had never run a small race like that,” she said. “But it was a really good experience. Everyone was encouraging each other.”

While Harding is fairly new to distance running, having picked up the sport about eight years ago, she is now an avid runner who enjoys competing in all sorts of events, including 8K, half marathons and marathons. Over Memorial Day Weekend, she competed in the Clif Bar Mountains 2 Beach Marathon in Ojai, finishing the 26.2 miles in 4:04:06.5.

UCPD Chief Mike Lane said the entire department was proud of Harding’s effort in San Diego.

“Detective Harding has mastered the proper balance between family, career and her personnel fitness,” Lane said. “She has a positive attitude which is contagious and serves her well in all these regards.”

Harding who is in her 18th year with UCPD, is currently assigned as a detective in the Investigations Unit and is responsible for interviewing suspects, processing crime scenes and evidence, writing and executing search warrants and filing cases with the district attorney’s office.

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