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Newport Beach Police Department
Monday March 27th, 2017 :: 10:08 a.m. PDT


Press Release - Police Running Team Takes 1st Place

Police Running Team Takes 1st Place
Baker to Vegas 120-Mile Challenge Cup Relay
For the thirteenth 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 270 law enforcement agencies from around the world competed in the 33rd annual relay, which was held last weekend on March 25 and 26.  The Newport Beach team has placed first in its category fifteen times in the last seventeen years. This year, the team placed 1st in their Division (agencies with 100-150 sworn officers) and 16th overall.
Twenty runners, four alternates, and a team of sixteen 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 4:00 p.m. and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday morning shortly after 7:00 a.m.  The team completed the event in an impressive 15 hours and 6 minutes, shaving 15 minutes off their final time from last year’s event.
“I want to applaud our running team and our support crew,” said Chief Jon T. Lewis.  “The runners, who have spent months training for this event, showed incredible physical fitness and mental fortitude during the long and difficult relay.  But, above all, it is the teamwork and dedication of everyone involved that makes me proud.  Congratulations on a job well done.”
All participants train on their own time and pay their own way to participate in this event.  Sponsors helped support the NBPD Running Team by contributing funds for the entry fee, team running shirts, support vehicles, and other miscellaneous expenditures.
Sponsors of the Running Team include:

  • A Snail’s Pace Running Shop
  • AirEL Illuminations
  • Mazda USA
  • Pyramid Fencing
  • Sterling BMW
  • The Ben Carlson Foundation
Individual sponsors also include:
  • Josh Bastian
  • Heather Buchta
  • Jamie Owen
  • Casey & Pete Garcia
  • Kristin Miller
  • Steve Rosansky
  • Dave & Robyn Grant
  • Jose M. Velez

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Newport Beach, CA 92660

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