Lovingood: Agencies Pull Together to Save Off-Road Race for Cancer Victims

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The 10th Annual Powder Puff Race for a Cure is back on track after an organizing glitch threatened to halt the popular High Desert off-road race.

“Three days before the race, we learned that a snag that could derail this charity fundraiser,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood said. “We immediately reached out to a number of agencies and the Powder Puff Race is back on track.”

The Bureau of Land Management was unable to provide law enforcement for the event, so local officials scrambled to solve the problem – roughly 48 hours before race day on Saturday.

“This is an example of government representatives going above and beyond to make an event happen and serve the public. From Congressman Paul Cook and Sheriff John McMahon to the City of Barstow, we all reached a great solution.”

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Capt. Jon Marhoefer played a key role in assembling a team of sheriff’s deputies to provide security on extremely short notice, Lovingood said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Robert Wickum said, “Capt. Marhoefer did an awesome job getting this together and handled so quickly. Hats off to Jon!”

“I want to offer my deepest gratitude to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff McMahon for ensuring that this race will be able to continue,” Cook said. “It’s not just about the race itself but also the money that will be raised to fight breast cancer that makes this event so special. It’s unfortunate that the Bureau of Land Management chose to leave the race organizers hanging at the last minute, but all that matters now is that the race is still on schedule for Saturday.”

The Annual Powder Puff Race for a Cure brings an army of racers to the area, providing an economic boost to local hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses. Since its inception, the race has raised more than a half million dollars for Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center for breast cancer research. For more information, click on www.moreracing.net.

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