NYPD Runs The Baker To Vegas Relay

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Members of the NYPD Running Club got a bit of West Coast air as they ran the 2016 Baker to Vegas relay.  The NYPD men’s team came in third place, while the women’s team finished in fourth. The relay race, run by law enforcement throughout the world, starts in Baker, California and finishes up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Every spring law enforcement partners hit the 120 miles of pavement with the hopes of winning the coveted trophy cup. This year Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Chief of Department James O’Neill showed their support as they cheered on the Club along the race route. Police Commissioner Bratton was even on the gun to start one of the relays.

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NYPD Running Club members in Las Vegas after running the Baker to Vegas relay.

The Annual Challenge Cup/Baker to Vegas Relay course begins 25 miles north of Baker on Highway 127 to Shoshone, California; then northeast on Highway 178, across the state line into Nevada on Highway 372 to Pahrump, Nevada; then southeast on Highway 160 to the finish inside the Hilton Hotel Convention Room in Las Vegas. Teams were scheduled to run in eleven flights, depending upon their ability, with flights starting hourly from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

On Sunday, eight hours after the last team finishes, an award ceremony is held in the Hilton hotel where more than 6,000 runners and support personnel gather with their families. The festivities begin with a the introduction of executive police personnel from coast to coast who are there to support their department’s team.