Thursday, April 11, 2019

2019 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

On March 23, 2019, several members of our office participated in the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay race. The Baker to Vegas run is where police organizations from all over the world form relay teams to run 120 miles in 20 stages from Baker, California to Las Vegas, Nevada for the chance of winning the coveted cup trophy.
The relay was started by two Los Angeles police officers, Chuck Foote and Larry Moore, 30 years ago. 284 law enforcement teams participated in the event this year.

This race begins in Baker and goes through  Pahrump via Highway 372 and then follows Highway 160 into Las Vegas. This year, the race ended inside the Westgate hotel in Las Vegas.

The teams are made up entirely of law enforcement personnel and each team consists of 20 runners. The distance and difficulty for each team member varies. Some are selected to run 3-4 mile legs, on a flat surface, while others will run 8 to 10-mile legs, uphill or downhill.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office was team #278. Participation in the relay is on a volunteer basis. Many volunteers are needed for a variety of functions to ensure the event is a successful one.  Runners are needed as well as observers, driving a follow vehicle and assisting in the hospitality suite at the hotel. 

A huge thank you to Supervising Investigator Eric Von Miller and Senior Investigator Ray Briones who were the team Captains. They were instrumental in the organization and our participation in Baker to Vegas. Thank you to all the runners, drivers, observers and folks who worked in the hospitality suite who volunteered their time and helped pull off a successful event.
For those of you interested, next year’s Baker to Vegas will be April 4th and 5th, 2020, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Mark your calendars!


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