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Verizon Frontline delivers connectivity at Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

The largest law enforcement event of its kind in the world, the race attracts 9,000 participants, staff and spectators each year for an event that spans 24 hours and 106 miles

By Police1 Staff

LAS VEGAS — The Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team recently deployed to remote desert areas of California and Nevada to help provide the medical professionals and race organizers responsible for the safety of participants in the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay with mission-critical communications capabilities.

Held annually, this unique relay race runs from the city of Baker, California, known as the gateway to Death Valley National Park, to Las Vegas, Nevada. This year marks the 39th edition of the race. The largest law enforcement event of its kind in the world, Baker to Vegas draws more than 9,000 participants, staff and spectators each year for the 106-miler race.

“In 2024, Verizon Frontline has once again stepped up to keep law enforcement officers from around the globe safe at the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay,” said Rick Santos, race coordinator for Baker to Vegas. “Without Verizon Frontline’s continued support, we could not safely put on this great event. I would like to thank Verizon Frontline for their continued support of law enforcement officers throughout the world.”

To support first responders across the 120-mile race route, including the medical teams tasked with constantly evaluating runners and providing aid when needed, the team delivered five Satellite Picocells on Trailers (SPOTs), two rapid response connectivity units (RRCUs), cellular and wi-fi capabilities, and many other Verizon Frontline solutions.

SPOTs are rapidly deployable and help provide critical voice and data service in remote areas where connectivity can be challenging, including the challenging terrain of some areas of California and Nevada.

Establishing these capabilities allowed the medical teams and race organizers to maintain critical communications with the race command post in Las Vegas, giving race officials and first responders the situational awareness needed to keep all participants safe over the nearly 24-hour length of the race.

“The Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay is something we look forward to every year,” said Curtis Mentz, an associate director with the Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team. “Supporting our first responders and public safety professionals is our mission and passion, so being here and building those relationships with the runners, support teams and race officials is critical to us.”

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