Road To The Games

26
Apr

Special Bicycle Transport and Services for Cycling Athletes

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b2ap3_thumbnail_news-cyclingservice.jpgThe World Police & Fire Games are pleased to partner with TriBike Transport and The Bike Lane for all your bicycle transportation and service needs. These partnerships will allow us to offer you services for your biking events at Fairfax 2015. Enjoy the Games’ events without having to worry about your bike!

Here are the services being offered to help make your races hassle-free:

 

FREE Bike Valet Service

Sign up for this convenient service! Your bike will be transported from the central warehouse each day to your event. No need to worry about getting it in the car. After your event the bike will be taken back to the warehouse. You may also check your bike out from the Fairfax 2015 central warehouse to ride and then check it back in at night. Bike Valet Service is free! SIGN UP NOW for valet.

 

Pack and Ship Service from your home city to Fairfax 2015

Have your local bike shop pack your bike. We will pick it up at the shop and send it via UPS. It will be reassembled and taken to the Fairfax 2015 central warehouse on site. After the Games are over your bike will be repacked and sent back to the address of your choice. The price for the complete service is $400. CLICK HERE to make your reservation.

 

Bike Assembly and Repack

Athletes outside of the continental United States can ship their bike to the Fairfax 2015 central warehouse where it will be reassembled on site, then repacked for you to take or ship home. Price for assembly and repack is $250. Shipping is not included. Deadline for making your reservation is June 15, 2015. CLICK HERE to reserve this service.

 

Bicycle Wheel Rentals

Zipp wheels will be available for rental on the TBT Wheel Rental website. Offerings are limited, so please make your reservation as soon as possible. Zipp 404 and 808 rental wheelsets are available priced from $150.  CLICK HERE for wheel rental information and to rent wheels. Wheels can be picked up at the central warehouse.


The Fairfax 2015 central warehouse is conveniently located 1/8 mile from the Reston Town Center. Bike check out is possible for training rides. You may then return the bike for safe storage until your next training ride or race.

TriBike Transport is a seasoned, licensed bicycle transport company with over ten years of experience and 70,000 bikes transported. Let TBT get your bike to the games – you can concentrate on your race.

 

Sign up soon! Visit www.tribiketransport.com/fairfax2015 to make your reservation today!

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22
Apr

ATHLETE PROFILE : Denny Lopes, Beach Volleyball

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b2ap3_thumbnail_lopes-5.jpgDenny Lopes and his beach volleyball partner, Raphael, are ready to bring their A-game to the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax this summer! They have been playing together since 2010 and have won many tournaments in Brazil, their home country.

Denny is quick to point out that just as important to him as the competitiveness and opportunity to win is the experiences and memories he has been given with his fellow police who are all dear friends. They train together almost daily and whether they win or lose, their resolve to give their all remains steady.

After a disappointing loss to Team Russia in New York, they returned to Belfast in 2013. Even though Denny was struggling with health issues just a few months prior to those Games, he was able to secure a gold medal in beach volleyball with Raphael, as well as gold in mixed doubles with Eva, a German athlete.

The youngest of six children, Denny wanted to be a professional footballer, like most Brazilian children. Growing up with asthma, he took the sidelines often and preferred to stay out of the limelight and didn’t play many sports. However, when he was 12 years old, the Brazilian Beach Volleyball Circuit was held in Brasilia and Denny worked as a ball boy. Impressed with the game and the technique of the players, he decided right then and there that he would play. He credits his success to his first teacher, Maurilio Matias, his brother Elmer Calvis (a professional volleyball coach) and his friend Gustavo Henrique. His hard work paid off and he joined the professional circuit from 2005 and 2008.

Denny has worked for the Military Police in Brazil since 2002 and alternates between administrative service and street patrol. He is most proud of his efforts and opportunities to save lives and protect those in his community.

When Denny is not on the court, he likes to watch sports on TV, spend time with his wife (newly married in 2013) and hang out with his teammates and friends, Raphael and Silvio. After his father passed away in 2003 and then suffering the loss of Luis Francisco, a fellow duty officer, Denny’s life motto is now “Enjoy life - live every day as if it were the last”.  He believes firmly that success comes from trying, training and believing.

The Opening Ceremonies are one of Denny’s favorite moments in the Games and he is most looking forward to representing his country, in his Brazilian uniform. He enjoys interacting with other athletes and is excited to be a tourist in the Virginia / Washington D.C. area.

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17
Apr

Special Ceremonies and Memorial Services During Fairfax 2015

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b2ap3_thumbnail_news-nfff.jpgDuring the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games athletes, friends, family and local spectators can join us for both exciting as well as inspiring events. While most sports events do not require any ticket or purchase to be a spectator, the events below do require tickets to enter. Both the Opening and Closing Ceremony are FREE but still require a seating ticket at both RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. and Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.  The ticketing process will be announced shortly for the general public. Athletes, Friends and Family will receive their tickets at the Accreditation Center, Hyatt Reston Hotel, Reston, VA.

MEMORIAL SERVICES

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park – Hosting the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service - A grateful Nation honors its fallen fire service heroes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Each year, America honors its fallen fire heroes during a National Memorial Service at the monument site. Ceremony to include: Presentation of colors; Keynote address; Pipe and Drum musical presentations; Ceremonial ringing of the bell. Reception will follow at the Campus Cafeteria. Please join us at this United States National Memorial as we pay tribute to our fallen comrades.

Date: June 28, 2015
Address: 16825 S. Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Tickets: Those wishing to attend must register online HERE. Ticket applications must be received by May 31, 2015
Event: Doors open at 5:30 PM and ceremony begins at 6:00 PM
Transportation: Transportation will be provided from Athletes Village, Reston Town Center as part of the ticket process.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_news-nleom.jpgThe National Law Enforcement Memorial – Hosting the National Law Enforcement Candlelight Vigil - The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people. Ceremonial events will include: Presentation of colors; Keynote address; Survivor stories; Lighting of candles; Taps bugle performance.  Reception to follow at FOP Lodge 1, 711 4th Street, NW. Please join us at this United States National Memorial as we pay tribute to our fallen comrades.

Date: June 30, 2015
Address: E Street between 4th and 5th Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Tickets: Distributed at athlete accreditation/credential pick-up
Transportation: Transportation will be provided from Athletes Village, Reston Town Center - Reservations required HERE. Or you can take METRO Rail to the Judiciary Square Station on the RED line.
Event: 8:00 PM

 

OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONY

b2ap3_thumbnail_news-rfk.jpgRobert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium – Hosting Opening Ceremonies - It is a multi-purpose stadium, located near the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. The historic D.C. sports venue has entertained spectators with its crowd-pleasing sightlines since 1961, and is affectionately known as “RFK” around the globe. Ceremonial events to include: Welcome celebration; Parade of athletes; Lighting of the torch; Athletes Oath; After ceremony musical concert celebration TBA. Come join us as we celebrate the Opening of the Fairfax 2015 Games and welcome athletes, family and friends from around the world. Come join your fellow athletes during the Parade of Athletes.

Date: June 26, 2015
Address: 2400 East Capital Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Tickets: Distributed at athlete accreditation/credential pick-up
Event: Doors open at 4:00 PM ceremony at 6:00 PM
Transportation: METRO Rail to the Stadium Armory Station on the BLUE / ORANGE / SILVER lines. 

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Hosting Closing Ceremonies - Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is home to the architecturally stunning Filene Center, the 117-acre Park offers dining and hospitality amenities throughout the summer season including hiking trails and picnic areas. Join us as we celebrate the closing of the Fairfax 2015 Games and the passing of the torch to Montreal for the 2017 Games. Program includes: Closing presentation; Plassing of the WPFG Flag and torch to Montreal; Closing of the Fairfax 2015 Games; After ceremony concert with the popular 80s cover band 'The Leg Warmers'.

Date: July 5, 2015
Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
Tickets: Distributed at athlete accreditation/credential pick-up
Event: Doors open at 4:00 PM ceremony at 6:00 PM

Closing Ceremony After Party Concert with The Leg Warmers

 

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14
Apr

ATHLETE PROFILE : Melvin Caesar, Track and Field

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b2ap3_thumbnail_athlete-melvin-ceasar.jpgMelvin Ceasar didn't begin competing in Track and Field until middle school, but with his amazing feats, you would think he started as a very young child. The first year he attended track tryouts, he was in 6th grade. Set to run against one of the football players, the coach was pleasantly surprised by Melvin's speed and Melvin hasn't looked back since. He competed on the High School Varsity Team at the State Track Meet three years in a row and set two records in 1994, that he still holds to this day. 

In 2013, Melvin competed in the USPFC, setting a record in the Pentathlon, placing 1st in the High Jump and 2nd in Javelin. Returning again in 2014, he again set a record in the Pentathlon, finished 1st in the 200m run and Javelin, and taking 2nd place in the Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump and the Discus. 

This will be Melvin's first year to compete in the WPFG and is currently training for the 100m, 200m, 400m run, 110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Javelina and Discus. 

Melvin works for the Sugar Land Police Department in Sugar Land, Texas and has been in law enforcement for 13 years. Recently assigned to the Bailiff position, he previously spent the majority of his career on patrol and enjoyed his time as a FTO.

Melvin learned the ethics of hard work at an early age, taking a job at the local cemetery in 4th grade. Working there until the summer of his freshman year in college, he gives credit to that experience and realizes it allowed him to learn the value of a dollar and gain motivation to always be a hard worker. 

It seems Melvin has always learned his lessons the hard way but now looks at every struggle as an opportunity to learn something new. When Melvin is not working or training, you can find him at the bowling alley, the movies or taking his daughters for ice cream. The TV, Xbox and PlayStation are very good options for burning free time.

Looking forward to the WPFG, Melvin is excited to meet other athletes and fellow fire and law enforcement personnel from other countries. 

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12
Apr

Retired Fairfax County Fire Chief Glenn Gaines Passes

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b2ap3_thumbnail_gleengaines.jpgIt is with deep regret and profound sadness that we share with you the loss of one of our own - United States Deputy Fire Administrator and retired Fairfax County Fire Chief Glenn Gaines. Glenn was the scheduled Sports Coordinator for the Softball event for your Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games. He believed strongly for these Games and wanted to give back to Fairfax County as well as all public safety firefighters and law enforcement. We can assure you that you would have enjoyed his positive influence at the Games. He was a true public safety athlete competing in power lifting, running as well as many other sports.

Glenn A. Gaines was the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). He began his tenure in March 2009 responsible for managing USFA programs and training activities conducted at the National Emergency Training Center.

Glenn served as Fairfax County's Fire Chief from August 1991 until December 1998. He was in charge of the nationally recognized Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Urban Search and Rescue team that frequently deployed throughout the United States as well as internationally.

In May of 2010 Chief Gaines was awarded the prestigious International Association of Fire Chiefs Metropolitan Fire Chiefs President's Award of Distinction. In May of 2011 Chief Gaines was awarded the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Lifetime Achievement Award. In August of 2011 Chief Gaines was presented with the International Association of Fire Chiefs President’s Award for meritorious service to the fire service.

We lost a firefighter's firefighter. He cared deeply about each and every one of us on the streets. Glenn was so looking forward to meeting each and every one of you at the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. He was working on your softball event the morning of his passing.

Thank you Chief Gaines for your incredible service and watching out for all of us. We'll take it from here.

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