A reluctant runner finds camaraderie and a runner’s high

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When Bakersfield Police Detective Chad Ott volunteered to join the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup team for the department, he offered to drive the van. But months later, Ott found himself shivering in the cold at 6 a.m. while standing on a desolate highway between Baker, California, and the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. He waited for a teammate who would soon hand him a baton so Ott could run the second-to-last 5.6 miles in a 121-mile relay that had begun more than 20 hours earlier. It was an experience he never imagined he would go through. “I hate running.…


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