2013 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

Law enforcement agencies from all around the world gathered in the California desert this weekend for the 2013 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay.

It was over 90 degrees just outside Baker, CA, when the race started at 9 a.m.  Over 6,000 runners from different agencies were ready to compete in the ultimate law enforcement race: a relay from Baker, CA, across state lines to Las Vegas, NV.  The 120-mile race is broken down into stages, varying in distance.  Teams position runners at each stage to hand-off in a relay format.

A retired captain from the Anaheim Police Department (CA) is pictured after running his 7.5 mile leg of the relay.  Photo courtesy of Joe Vargas.

A retired captain from the Anaheim Police Department (CA) is pictured after running his 7.5 mile leg of the relay.
Photo courtesy of Joe Vargas.

In 1985, Chuck Foote and Larry Moore, both with the Los Angeles Police Department, created the relay race.  Since then, it has become an iconic challenge for law enforcement around the world.  The physical demands of competing are indescribable.  Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees and the highways through the middle of the desert seem to run on forever.  But the professional camaraderie at the finish line is an incredible sight as agencies pay respect to one another for their finishing accomplishments.

This year’s Challenge Cup Winner is the Los Angeles Police Department, with an overall time of 13:02:32, that is an average mile pace of 6:31.  You can learn more by visiting the Baker to Vegas Official Website at http://www.bakervegas.com/.  Congratulations to all the participants!  See you in the desert next year.

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