For the first time in many years, an LAPD all-reserve police officer team has been entered into the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay race for 2020. The race is scheduled for April 4–5, and the host hotel and finish line will be the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.
By the time The Rotator will have gone to press, the team is expected to have been established, but interested reserve officers are encouraged to contact Officer Belinda Quezada at firstname.lastname@example.org, (310) 486-6000, or Officer Johnny Gil at email@example.com, (310) 408-5435. Besides runners and alternate runners, the team will need a strong logistical/support team.
As the Baker to Vegas website (bakervegas.net) says: “120 miles of pavement, 20 stages, over 8,000 runners, guests, family members, and support staff. Hot days and cold nights. Blood. Sweat. Pride. Honor. That’s what the world’s most prestigious and unique law enforcement foot race is all about. Starting in Baker, California, and ending in Las Vegas, Nevada, law enforcement officers from around the globe battle it out every spring for the chance of winning the coveted cup trophy.”
The Reserve Unit at CODD writes: “The race will be fun and exciting for all to participate in, not to mention the benefits in team building, morale and spotlighting the Reserve Program. The Captain, Commander and all the way up to the Chief’s office, along with the LAPRF and the LAPFCU, are supporting our efforts… We need your help to make this happen.”
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union are helping to fund the Baker to Vegas Reserve Team 308.