Participants tackle muddy fields to raise funds for Special Olympics.

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/PIO
Deuel Vocational Institution

Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) employees, family and friends raised $6,200 for Special Olympics of Northern California during the second DVI 5K Gladiator Challenge Obstacle Course.

Over 100 participated in the May 20 walk/run as many spectators, employees and volunteers cheered them through to the finish line.

An obstacle course was created by volunteers.

Approximately 35 employees volunteered their time to help set up the 5K course which included a wall climb, low crawl, burpee stations, hay bale hurdles, hill slide/mud pit and multiple mud pit areas. All of the volunteers, from CRT team members from DVI and California Health Care Facility (CHCF), to office technicians, officers, Prison Industry Authority employees, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, an associate warden and employees’ families, donated their time volunteering to make this event possible.

Warden Kimberly A. Seibel and Chief Deputy Warden Kathryn Kesterson, managers, and correctional staff from DVI, CHCF and Mule Creek State Prison were among the participants of the course showing their support.

Washington National Insurance Company, Crescent Work & Outdoor, Asurea Financial & Golden One Credit Union, Tracy, Valley Tire Sales, Home, Depot Tracy, Tracy Rifle and Pistol Joseph Phelps Vineyards, CCPOA DVI Chapter, CCPOA Employee Benefit Trust, The Little Flower Shop, Tracy, DEWZ Restaurant Modesto, Pelton Shephard Industries, Butlers Uniform, CODE 3 Stockton, Strings Restaurant Tracy, Texas Road House Tracy, Rukhsar Jewelers, and Kemper Sports Management donated items for the post-run raffle for all to enjoy after completing the challenge.

A number of DVI administrators manned the barbecue grills for all of the participants and attendees. PIA donated their time and fields for this event.

Inmates assigned to MSF PIA/Field Workers worked for 4 days leading up to the event mowing the fields, grading the course, setting up mudslides and mud courses.

This event is one of many fundraising activities supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), the largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Northern California. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects, conducted by officers representing every branch of law enforcement, have a mission of partnering with our communities, to support Special Olympics programs through raising funds and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes. LETR has raised more than $6 million dollars since its inception in 1998.

Mud pits awaited those tackling the course.