31st Annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, The Largest Police Foot Pursuit in the World NR15104SF

March 31, 2015

Los Angeles: From the early morning hours of Saturday, March 28 to Sunday, March 29, 2015, 262 teams with 5,240 runners, ran a 20-stage relay race over 120 miles from Baker, California to Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year, the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay brought representatives from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and from around the nation for the spirited competition that promotes physical fitness, teamwork and camaraderie. Runners were not only sworn police officers, but, judges, probation officers, district attorneys, US Attorneys and full time civilian police personnel.

Proving his commitment to employee wellness and support for law enforcement, Chief Charlie Beck ran the anchor leg for LAPD’s Headquarters Team. “It was an honor to participate in the world famous Baker to Vegas Relay. This race takes months to physically and mentally prepare for, and no one was truly prepared for the near freezing to nearly 100 degree temperatures. I’m proud of all of the participants, from every department, but I am especially inspired and proud of our LAPD Department Team who finished with a winning time of 12:53:17, our Southeast Station Team who finished with a time of 14:43:27 and our LAPD Women’s Team who again won the women’s category in 15:49:30. This is the 5th consecutive win for the LAPD Women’s Team, a remarkable and significant accomplishment” said Chief Beck.

On the evening the race concluded, an awards ceremony took place to formally announce the winners in each category, introduce the more than 145 law enforcement dignitaries, chiefs of police, sheriffs and agents-in-charge at the Westgate Hotel and thank the thousands of support staff, volunteers, family members and friends.

For more information about the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, please visit: http://bakervegas.net.

For further information, please call LAPD Media Relations at (213) 486-5910 or visit our website www.lapdonline.org.