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Officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department teamed up with deputies from the Mono and Inyo County Sheriff’s Departments and officers from the California Highway Patrol to compete in the 27th Annual Baker-to-Vegas Relay race. On April 16 and 17, over 260 teams consisting of 20 runners each ran a 120 mile relay race from outside of Baker, California, through Shoshone, Pahrump, Nevada, and ending at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Mammoth Lakes Officers Ruben Ramos, Ron Gladding, Luke Schwartzkopf, Arturo Torres, and Dan Casabian, and Lieutenant John Mair ran for Team Eastern Sierra. The other runners were from the other departments. Each team requires several support personnel and Chief Dan Watson and Detective Doug Hornbeck drove the follow vehicle for the first six legs.
Watson said, “This is the largest law enforcement athletic competition in the world. Literally thousands of police officers from throughout the United States and other countries converge in the Mojave Desert. I’m real proud of our guys. It was over 100 degrees and many of the legs are very challenging, with two mountain passes traversed. One third of the sworn members of the Department participated as runners and I doubt if any other police departments can match that. The benefits of Baker to Vegas include encouraging physical fitness, camaraderie, and esprit ‘d corps.”
Team Eastern Sierra finished 19th out of 27 teams in the Open Category. This is the most competitive of all categories with teams from large agencies like LAPD, LA Sheriff’s, and the FBI. The local team finished in 164th place overall.