Coast Guard Team To Run Baker To Vegas Law Enforcement Challenge Cup Relay

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Twenty Coast Guard runners, and more than 25 volunteers will converge on the desert outside Baker Calif. this Saturday for the 25th Annual Baker to Vegas Law Enforcement Challenge Cup Relay.

The race starts on the outskirts of Baker, Calif., a small town north-east of Los Angeles and takes the teams 120 miles over the Ibex Pass, down to the edge of Death Valley, and then over Mountain Springs Summit to the finish line in Las Vegas. Twenty Runners will each take a “leg” and pass a time-chipped baton between them until the finish at the Las Vegas Hilton. Last year the inaugural Coast Guard team ran the course, in 17 hours, 41 minutes.

“There is a lot of challenge in this race. Each leg is just about six miles but the difficulty is not just in the mileage itself. We have the heat in the desert, where it can be 80 to 90 degrees, the wind blowing, as well as significant elevation gain,” said Lt. Brian Bruns, last years team captain.

Teams will start in groups on Saturday morning and continue passing the baton until the last runner crosses the finish line sometime on Sunday. The runners will continue through the night, racing against the clock as much as against the other teams.

The race originally started as a challenge to promote teamwork, camaraderie and physical fitness between local law enforcement agencies. The Challenge Cup has grown from a local race into a multinational competition including teams from Canada and South Whales in 2008.

The official Baker to Vegas website is at

The Team Coast Guard site is at

You can follow the race on Saturday 14 March through a live blog on the team website. Regular updates, photos and video will be posted live from the course.

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