FORT MYERS, Fla. - Only on WINK: Reporter vs. Fort Myers Police Chief. Who's faster?
With three weeks to go before the annual Fort Myers Police Cops and Joggers 5K, WINK reporter Haley Hinds and Chief Doug Baker hit the streets, showing us why each step of the race has a purpose.
Chief Baker runs the Fort Myers Police Department and "runs" the city streets.
Haley Hinds is a WINK reporter. She races to breaking news and "races" to win.
But, when it comes to speed, can a reporter hang with the city's top cop?
"We run regularly," Baker said about the officers. "You'll see us downtown running the bridge, we run with the academies."
On a hot September afternoon, they laced up to find out. No badge, no microphone. Just speed and a little friendly trash-talking.
"I hope you can keep up," Baker joked. "If you don't, like I said, I've probably got 25 years on you easy."
"Just in case you're not okay with losing to a reporter," Hinds said. "I've got my secret weapon here. It's the 'Get Out of Jail Free' card."
"If you really beat me bad, that may not help you out," Baker laughed.
"No speeding tickets today!" Hinds replied.
At the wail of the police car siren, they were off.
From FMPD headquarters, through the River District, and up the Edison Bridge, it was a hot pursuit and Chief Baker wasn't slowing down.
It was all or nothing back to Widman Way. Hinds crossed the finish line first. But, Baker was close behind. The competitors exchanged high-fives and took a few minutes to caught their breath.
Chief Baker and his officers run for a reason. At the end of September, the Fort Myers community will take part of the annual Cops and Joggers 5K. Proceeds benefit the Fallen Officer Fund. The goal is to have 716 runners, each representing an officer killed in the line of duty during the past five years they've hosted the event. The 5K will be dedicated to Sgt. Michael Wilson, the Charlotte County deputy killed last month in the line of duty, and Fort Myers Police dispatcher Lisa Lewis who passed away in July.
"It is always good when you have the ability to give back to families or to funds that will help assist other family members who have lost someone involved in public safety and law enforcement," Baker said.
Moral of the story: don't run from a police officer, especially not the Chief. You may think you're quick, but they'll track you down like it's their job.
The Cops and Joggers race is Saturday, September 28th. It's at night this year. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Centennial Park and the race is at 7:45 p.m.
The 3.1 mile run begins and ends at Centennial Park and will cross the Edison Bridge. Participating joggers can download a race brochure with a registration card by visiting the FMPD website at www.fmpolice.com, or they can register online with the Fort Myers Track Club at
The early registration fee is $20 per adult and $15 per youth, 17 years old or younger, on or before Sept. 26. Fees increase to $25 per person on Sept. 27 and $30 per person on Sept. 28 for all participants.