Con­sta­ble Doucette beats own time at Las Ve­gas re­lay race

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Con­sta­ble Eric Doucette was pound­ing the path­ways mid­way be­tween Baker Cal­i­for­nia and Las Ve­gas once again this year in a gru­el­ing road race with police of­fi­cers from all over the world.

Doucette is a mem­ber of an RCMP K Divi­sion team that takes on the an­nual race of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers on the gru­el­ing trek called Baker to Ve­gas founded by the LAPD. His team has 20 rac­ers to take on the 120-mile course.

Last year Doucette took an open spot on the ros­ter to take on a 9.4 kilo­me­tre de- scent through Moun­tain Pass, at about the mid­way point of the race. He took to his leg at about 2:30 a.m.

“I did the same leg again be­cause I wanted to beat last year’s time,” he tells the Mail.

He posted 39:47, beat­ing last year’s time by about 25 sec­onds. He adds that run­ning in the mid­dle of the night through the desert, wasn’t too bad, af­ter all there were re­ports of some of the day­time run­ners, slog­ging through 120 de­gree Fahren­heit tem­per­a­tures.

“The fol­low ve­hi­cles dur­ing the day, they had spray bot­tles with ice wa­ter and tow­els in buck­ets of ice given to the run­ners,” he ex­plains.

De­spite the harsh con­di­tions, Doucette en­joys the race. A big part of it is ca­ma­raderie.

“You get to meet police agen- cies from around the globe,” he said.

Af­ter the race, the in­ter­na­tional teams are in­vited to an af­ter party hosted by the LAPD homi­cide divi­sion as a fundraiser. That was a great op­por­tu­nity to meet dif­fer­ent of­fi­cers. Some take part in the tra­di­tion of ex­chang­ing Chal­lenge Coins.

There were only three Cana­dian teams en­tered and all were from Al­berta. His team had one run­ner from Sur­rey B.C., and one mem­ber of the Ed­mon­ton City Police. Along with his crew, there is a fe­male RCMP team and Cal­gary City Police team.

Doucette was ac­com­pa­nied by his fam­ily, and while the race sched­ule kept him busy, they were able to spend some fam­ily time to­gether, in­clud­ing zip lin­ing over Fre­mont Street.

Eric Doucette… com­petes in Baker to Ve­gas

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