The Whittier Police Department takes part in the yearly law enforcement running tradition known as the "Baker to Vegas" run.
The phrase Baker to Vegas refers to the Challenge Cup Relay; A 120-mile, 20-stage foot relay race, which starts in Baker, California (gateway to Death Valley), through the California desert, over the mountains, to Las Vegas, Nevada. The teams are restricted to Law Enforcement teams (Police and Sheriff departments, judges, bailiffs, and other agencies and service teams). The race course travels from Baker, California through the Mojave desert to the town of Shoshone, California then north to Pahrump, Nevada over the highest point on the course Mountain Springs pass (5600') and the lights of Las Vegas. Each of the team's 20 runners averages 6 miles per stage.
All of the teams are responsible for providing their own logistics and support efforts, including communications. Each team has a follow vehicle that follows the runners from the beginning of the race to the finish line. The follow vehicle team is responsible for providing runners with water, first aid if needed and of course plenty of vocal support. Two alternate runners are in the follow vehicle at all times, in case a runner gets hurt and falls out of the run.