The Newport Beach Police Department’s running team placed first in their category — for the ninth year in a row — in the Baker to Vegas 120-Mile Challenge Cup Relay, officials said in a news release.
The competition was held April 13 and 14, with about 270 teams from law enforcement agencies throughout the world, the release said.
“The Newport Beach team has placed first in its category eleven times in the last twelve years,” the release said. “This year, the team placed 1st in the 150 Division and 10th overall. This is the first time in the history of the race that a team in the 150 Division has broken into the Top 10.”
The team included 20 runners, four alternates and about 20 support personnel to help with the race, which the release described as “grueling,” with a course that climbs 5,000 feet in elevation and descends through the back, winding roads of the Mojave Desert.
The non stop race began 24 miles outside of Baker and ended in Las Vegas, the release said.
“The team completed the event in 14 hours, 48 minutes, shaving seventeen minutes off of last years’ time and in the process setting a new course record for the Newport Beach Police Department Running Team.”
Chief Jay Johnson said in a statement that he was proud of the participants.
“It was a great team effort,” he said. “Everyone did an outstanding job and it was great to be a part of the action this past weekend.”