"The race itself was an exciting one to watch. We were in third place at the half-way point trailing only perennial champions LAPD and LA Sheriff’s and creating quite a stir among the other teams, many of whom wanted to know more about the hard working lifeguards and rangers in the bright blue socks. What a feeling of pride! In the latter half of the race, we engaged in an exciting back and forth duel with the CHP team which eventually edged us out for sixth place. As our final runner came across the finish line, the race announcer too commented on the socks, so the team presented him with a pair. In his opening statement at the awards ceremony he held the socks up and gave State Parks a shout out in front of 4,000 law enforcement personnel and their supporters. Our goals for this year were ambitious but we met them and next year, we believe we can be even stronger as a team."