UCR Police Officers Participated in ‘Baker to Vegas’ Relay

The UC team placed 13th in the mixed race category and 118th overall

Four UC Riverside Police Department officers participated in the annual Baker to Vegas relay on March 25, 2017. In the photo are officers Mario Cortez (left) and John Enriquez (right). courtesy ucrpd

UC Riverside Police Department officers participated recently in the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, a 120-mile race through the Mojave Desert.

On Saturday, March 25, four officers ran with the University of California team, comprised of officers from other UC police departments. The group was one of a total of 283 law enforcement teams that came from all over the United States to run a 20 stage relay from Baker, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada. The UC team placed 13th in the mixed race category and 118th overall.

Participation is voluntary, but the event is a good opportunity to build camaraderie with officers from other UC police departments, said UCRPD Lt. Seth Morrison. The race is also opened to non-sworn staff, Morrison said.

The four UCR participants in this year’s Baker to Vegas relay were officers Jon Estrada, Casey Adams, Mario Cortez, and John Enriquez.

The University of California team placed 13th in the mixed race category and 118th overall. courtesy ucrpd

Officer Casey Adams, 28, has been running the Baker to Vegas relay for four years. He exercises year-round, but four months before the race he specifically focuses on running and wind sprints, he said. This year he ran a six-mile leg.

“It’s personal challenge to myself, as well as a chance to spend time with other UCPD officers. Also, it’s really great to get to know other cops from around the country,” said Casey, who has been with UCRPD for eight years.

Officer John Enriquez, 33, said this was his sixth race. He ran a 5.1 mile stretch with approximately a 1,000-foot elevation gain in the first 3.5 miles. Enriquez trains year round for this relay, which he uses as an opportunity to honor fallen police officers from across the country.

“Baker to Vegas is an experience. There are thousands of runners and support personnel in the middle of nowhere running all day and night, in the heat and cold,” said Enriquez, who has been with UCRPD for 10 years. “I am honored to represent my department in this event every year.”

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