Brian Winco with PAAF President, Jessica Welker
Brian was hired with SJPD in January 2002. As an officer, Brian worked patrol and Metro. In April 2019, Brian was promoted to sergeant. During his career at SJPD, Brian has served as a physical training instructor at the academy and is currently the lead instructor for the San Jose Bicycle Patrol School. When Brian was a recruit in the police academy, he set the record for the fastest 1.5 mile run at 7 minutes, 54 seconds (a pace of 5:16/mile). This record still stands today 17 years later.
Brian has competed in many running and triathlon events both professionally and personally. Professionally, Brian competed in the 2004 & 2005 Western States Police & Fire Games. In 2004, he ran the 10K Cross Country where he placed first overall. In 2005, he competed in the 10K Cross Country as well as the Olympic distance triathlon. Brian won first place overall in both events.
In 2017, Brian participated in the World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles where he ran the half marathon. Brian finished 19th overall out of 133 runners and 1st in his age division with a time of 1:21:20.
Brian is also a member of the San Jose PD Running Team and participates in the annual Baker to Vegas relay race. This race is a 120-mile, 20-person relay race that starts in Baker, California and ends in Las Vegas. Brian is always assigned the hardest leg in the race: 10.7 miles while climbing nearly 900’ of elevation. Brian has been a top-five finisher in that leg six different times, including the last three years. His average pace while running that leg is 6:22/mile.
Personally, Brian competes in many running and triathlon events as well. In 2007, Brian ran the San Jose Quicksilver Trail Half Marathon which he won. Twice, Brian ran the San Francisco North Face Endurance Challenge Trail Half Marathon. In 2008, he finished 3rd place overall and in 2010, he finished 1st in his age division.
Brian has competed in 19 Rock N Roll Series Half Marathons with the following results: 3rd in his age division four times, 2nd in his age division five times, and 1st in his age division ten times. He ran the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Full Marathon in 2017 & 2018 where he took 1st in his age division both years. In April, Brian will be running his first Boston Marathon.
In addition to running, Brian also competes in triathlons. He is a 13-time finisher of the Ironman distance triathlon and a 3-time recipient of the Silver All-World Athlete Award in 2017, 2018, and 2019. This award is given by Ironman Corporation and recognizes Brian as one of the top 5% of triathletes in North America in his age group for the Half-Ironman and Ironman distance races. Lastly, Athlinks online database ranks Brian in the top 6% of all athletes with 80 races completed.
For his outstanding running and triathlon achievements, Brian Winco is inducted into the PAAF Hall of Fame.