Baker to Vegas Relay
The Chula Vista Police Department participates annually in the
Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay. This event is restricted to
law enforcement teams and is a 120 mile relay consisting of 20 stages
through the desert and mountains from Baker, California, to Las
Vegas, Nevada. The teams are primarily from California but attracts
teams from Dallas, New York, Canada, and as far away as England.
Chula Vista Police Department running team consists of officers
at all levels of the department ranging from the Police Chief, Rick
Emerson, to a new officer just out of training. The team has participated
in this event for the past ten years. CVPD has claimed first place
in the past and has traditionally placed very high within its own
division consisting of teams whose sizes are similar to that of
the Chula Vista Police Department. The running team usually completes
the course in a little over 15 hours.
Race conditions are almost unknown until the starter's pistol
goes off. Early runners may face 120 degree heat along Highway 127,
while later in the evening runners may be faced with fending off
winds, freezing rain, or blowing snow near Mountain Springs Summit.
In fact, the 1987 race was halted halfway between Pahrump and Las
Vegas due to blizzard conditions. The 20 race legs vary from flat
stretches of desert to the infamous "billy-goat legs," which climb
5,600 feet in elevation to the Summit.
The relay race course runs from Baker, California, through the
Mojave desert to the town of Shoshone, California, then north to
Pahrump, Nevada, over the Mountain Springs Pass (5600') and down
to Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 200 teams of 20 runners will enter this
yearly competition. Each runner averages 6 miles per stage. Over
17,000 runners, support personnel, race volunteers, family, friends
and visitors, were involved in the 2002 race.
This event builds camaraderie amongst officers from various law
enforcement agencies and helps officers from the Chula Vista Police
Department participate in a friendly competition that promotes good
sportsmanship and team spirit.