NBPD Makes History At Baker To Vegas Race

2e1ax timeless frontpage npbab2vFor the ninth year in a row, the Newport Beach Police Department's Running Team placed first in their category at the Baker to Vegas 120-Mile Challenge Cup Relay. Running teams from approximately 270-law enforcement agencies from around the world competed in the 29th annual relay that was held last weekend, April 13th and 14th. The Newport Beach team has placed first in its category eleven times in the last twelve years. This year, the team placed 1st in the 150 Division and 10th overall. This is the first time in the history of the race that a team in the 150 Division has broken into the Top 10.

Twenty runners, four alternates, and a team of approximately twenty support personnel participated in the grueling race - a course that includes climbing over 5,000 feet in elevation, descending through the winding back roads of the Mojave Desert. The non-stop race began 24 miles outside the town of Baker, California, Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday morning around 8:00 a.m. The team completed the event in 14 hours, 48 minutes, shaving seventeen minutes off of last years' time and in the process setting a new course record for the Newport Beach Police Department Running Team.

"I was extremely proud of our runners and support personnel. It was a great team effort. Everyone did an outstanding job and it was great to be a part of the action this past weekend," said Chief Jay Johnson.

Sponsors of the Running Team include: Honda World, Newport Beach Land Rover, Metro Towing, G & W Towing, Meridian Interior Design, and the Newport Beach Police Employee and Management Associations.

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Kathy Lowe
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