Officer Walter Dominguez and Chief Anthony Vairo

Officers from the San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) running team, along with law enforcement officials from other cities, recently competed in and placed in the 34th annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay race.

San Fernando officers Walter Dominguez, J. Robles and Jim Vanick, and sergeants  Paul Ventimiglia, Sgt. Brian Woodward, who partnered with fellow police from the San Marino and South Pasadena departments and USC Department of Public Safety, collectively ran the 120-mile course from the California city of Baker through back mountain highways and finishing in Las Vegas in 17 hours and six minutes.

The team finished 11th out of the 30 teams entries in its category to win a Challenge Cup mug for the first time in the 10 years it has entered the race.

“This is a proud moment for our runners and all who supported them this year and in years past,” SFPD Chief Tony Vairo said. “Congratulations to our team members and all the members of this team from San Marino Police Department, South Pasadena Police Department and USC Department of Public Safety. We are small in numbers but again this shows our department is big in heart.”

The race — first began in 1985 with 19 teams — had 288 national and international entries this year in what is billed as “the largest law enforcement event of its kind in the world.” Teams are comprised of male and female officers.