California State Parks competed in the 31st Annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, a 20-leg foot race from Baker, CA to Las Vegas, NV, March 28 and 29. More than 260 teams representing agencies from around Southern California and the world descended on Las Vegas for the event. The State Parks’ team, which consisted of 20 lifeguards and rangers from across the state as well as alternate runners and volunteers, completed the 120-mile course in 14 hours and 33 minutes, earning the team an exceptional 6th place finish.
Co-captains Darby Fultz and John Anderson (San Diego Coast) were thrilled with the result, which represented the culmination of countless hours of organization and fundraising and months of training on the part of the team’s runners.
This year’s runners included Darrell Readyhoff and Tim Gunther (Angeles); Adam Borello (Anza Borrego Desert); Dan Raducanu and James Bray (Channel Coast); Micah Moore (Central Valley); Josh Neff (Gold Fields); Rob Walton (Marin); Dan Kraft (Monterey); Ennio Rocca, Jake Pflepsen and Aaron Hoff (Orange Coast); Michael Stockinger (Russian River); Bill Wolcott and Terry Kiser (Santa Cruz); Sean Briscoe and Erik Burgan (San Diego Coast) and Jack Futoran (Training Section). In order to compete, the team must also have alternate runners in case of injury or illness and a volunteer support crew to drive the follow van and provide inspiration and hydration. This year’s alternates and volunteers included Mark Allen, Chris Larkin, Ron Krueper, Alana Krueper, James Nimmons and Chuy Salinas.
The team received financial support from a number of organizations including the Resource Protection Peace Officer Association, California Parks Foundation, Peace Officer Management Association and California State Lifeguard Association. Uniforms were provided by Maxim Athletics and additional financial support came from Island’s Restaurant, Black Dog Accounting and PWA Law Firm. All of them believe in and support our motto of “Fitness Through Recreation.”
Angeles district’s Darrell Readyhoff hands a bottle to support staff while running a night leg of the Baker to Vegas race