Starting this June, police officers and firefighters from around the world will travel to Fairfax County to compete in the World Police & Fire Games.
From June 26 through July 5, the Olympic-style event pits police, firefighters, customs and correction officers against each other in dozens of sports ranging from rowing to wrestling.
Everything starts with opening ceremonies at RFK Stadium, but then things to move Fairfax County, where almost all sports events will be happening.
Closing ceremonies are scheduled to take place July 5 at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfax.
All events are free and open to the public. Event organizers are offering free bus service to families and friends of credentialed athletes; buses will pick up and drop off at select transportation hubs and venues in Fairfax.
Metro riders will want to make use of the Wiehle-Reston East, Tysons Corner, Franconia-Springfield and Ballston-MU stations for quick access to many events. A detailed guide for out-of-towners planning to take Metro is offered on the World Police & Fire Games website.
If you're coming from outside of the D.C. area and are looking for a place to stay, event planners have partnered with 140 nearby hotels to get special deals. Rooms in Tyson's Corner, George Mason University, Herndon and Dulles Airport areas will each put you near certain sports venues, not to mention entertainment and nightlife.
The games are open to all public full-time law enforcement officers or firefighters; online registration is now open through June 22 for a $130 fee.