BAKER (CBS) — This weekend, 15,000 to 20,000 law enforcement officials from California to Canada will attend one of the world’s toughest races.

A total of 5,220 runners on 261 teams will pass the baton along 20 stages of the 120-mile Challenge Cup Relay course, which heads from Baker to Las Vegas.

KNX’s 1070’s Pete Demetriou Reports

Race Director LAPD Sgt. Jim Katapodis says it will be a physical, fiscal and logistical challenge to even take part in the race.

Temperatures on the course will be more than 100 degrees, with humidity at less than 10 percent. Medical Director Dr. Julia Cameron says last year, those conditions took out a lot of runners.

The Challenge Cup record is 12:41:29, which was set in 1996. Katapodis thinks it possible that some elite teams might beat that time this year.

About half the teams will walk away with a prize, but others will cross the finish line saying, “never again,” which is something Dr. Cameron has heard before.

Comments (14)
  1. Forrest Gump says:

    I’ll out run any of them anytime! Wait till I get of my shrimp boat…

  2. icecream says:

    I wish everyone out there all the best. I hope they all have a great time and keep safe and healthy.
    God bless them all !!!

  3. Fully Informed American Citizen says:

    Go Team Surf 2 Sand!!!

  4. anon says:

    One way to decrease the surplus ticket takers all at once!

  5. vero says:

    ICE, ICE…baby

    1. icecream says:

      Oh Yeah….
      GO ICE !!!

  6. MA Moore says:

    Run like the wind! Go LHS!

  7. Striker says:

    CBS should do a private investigation this weekend in Vegas!!! 10000 law enforcement officers in one town, must be hell of a time for Vegas metro

  8. HomeBroke says:

    Caught My LAPD husband and 8 of his married friends having a grand ol time last year at this race.

  9. GALESPEnC says:

    @homebroke, believe me you’re not the only LAPD wife who was soon divorced after that weekend.

  10. jtc says:

    Go palerider, lead SBPD to victory!!

  11. Carol Leonard says:

    GO Ventura County Sheriff!s!! Have a Safe and fun time. Congrads to the first time runners. Proud of all of you!!