For the 12th consecutive year, the Culver City Police Department sent a team of 20 runners to compete in the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay.
The law enforcement relay requires each runner to run a relay leg of 4.0 to 10.7miles, depending on the difficulty of the leg.
The race started in Baker, California Sat. April 21, and finished in Las Vegas the following day. With teams coming from as far away as Europe, the 120-mile relay race is recognized as the largest law enforcement sporting event of its kind throughout the world.
The race starts during the daytime desert heat and lasts through the night, where the temperatures may drop to freezing, as the runners reach the summit of the Mountain Springs Pass (5,600’).
Over 278 Law Enforcement teams participated in this year’s event, designed to promote camaraderie and discipline among Law Enforcement Officers. The top three finishers in each division are awarded a highly coveted winner’s “Mug.”
By posting an outstanding time of 15 hours and 48 minutes, Culver City finished 2nd in the 150-Team Division and 32nd overall earning the elusive “Mug.”
Culver City Police issued a statement following the race saying “This was a true team effort that could not have been accomplished without the help of local donors, support personnel and the officers, including reserves, who remained behind to keep our city safe.”