Members of the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments will head to the desert this weekend to participate in the 120-mile Baker to Vegas Relay.
The will be among teams from 270 departments participating in the annual rite, which raises money for a police nonprofit.
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa each plan to send 20 participants, but they'll also have some of their retired and non-sworn colleagues along for the trip to do support duties, like driving and being alternates.
Newport Beach will send about 45 sworn- and non-sworn participants, including Police Chief Jay Johnson, who will brave near 100-degree temperatures, according to Newport Beach Officer Darrin Joe.
For their training, Costa Mesa officers ran long and short distances to gauge who would be best suited for which portion of the relay, said Police Chief Tom Gazsi.
Gazsi added that it was a great way to bring the department together.