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IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Spectator’s Guide 2014

Lake Tahoe is considered one of the toughest courses! Watch 2,500 of the strongest athletes from around the globe compete in the iconic 2nd annual IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The setting alone is remarkable!

Here are some tidbits to help you get the most out of being a spectator at this year’s event.

DATE:
September 22, 2013
DISTANCES:
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run
LOCATION:
Swim Start: 8318 North Lake Blvd State Route 28 Kings Beach, CA 96143
Finish Line: The Village at Squaw Valley 1985 Squaw Valley Rd Squaw Valley, CA 96146
COURSE CUT-OFF TIMES:
SWIM: The swim course will close 2 hours and 20 minutes after the last age
group athlete starts the swim. Each athlete will get the full 2 hours and
20 minutes to complete the 2.4 mile swim regardless of what time they
enter the water. Athletes who take longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes
to complete the swim will receive a DNF.
BIKE: 5:30 p..m.
RUN: Midnight
FINISH LINE CUT-OFF: 17 hours (or 12 midnight)

DATE:

September 21, 2014

DISTANCES:

2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run

LOCATION:

Swim Start: 8318 North Lake Blvd State Route 28 Kings Beach, CA 96143

Finish Line: The Village at Squaw Valley 1985 Squaw Valley Rd Squaw Valley, CA 96146

COURSE CUT-OFF TIMES:

SWIM: The swim course will close 2 hours and 20 minutes after the last age group athlete starts the swim. Each athlete will get the full 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the 2.4 mile swim regardless of what time they enter the water. Athletes who take longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the swim will receive a DNF.

BIKE: 5:30 p..m.

RUN: Midnight

FINISH LINE CUT-OFF: 17 hours (or 12 midnight)

WHERE DO I PARK?

Athletes are encouraged to park at Squaw Valley and ride the shuttle busses to Kings Beach. Spectators will be allowed to ride the bus with athletes, but priority will be given to athletes. Busses will take approximately 20-30 minutes to travel from Squaw Valley to Kings Beach, please plan accordingly. Athlete busses will operate from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Spectator buses will operate until 6 a.m. Shuttle buses are free. Return buses from Kings Beach to Squaw Valley for spectators will operate from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Due to traffic impacts, anticipate the return trip to Squaw Valley taking 60 minutes.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass Road through old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike and 4 times on the run.

Things to do Labor Day Weekend in Reno Tahoe

It’s time for one last summer trip over Labor Day Weekend! Skip the neighborhood barbecue, and tell Siri to direct you to Reno Tahoe where a full list of events is heating up!

handful ribsPig out at Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off

We’re not saying skip all barbecues Labor Day weekend, we’re just saying GO BIG, with 230,000+ pounds of ribs at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off at Victorian Square in Sparks!  From August, 27- September 1, JA Nugget will be holding their 26th annual Rib Cook-off.  The aromas will collide in the air to conjure a perfume of mouthwatering desire, and the hundreds of fully-packed grills will call out for you to stop at every vendor.  There will be 24 rib vendors from all around the world coming prepared to feed an expected crowd of 500,000 people. Watch in awe as rib-eating champions devour multiple pounds of savory sauce covered swine during the Nugget Rib Cook-off World Rib Eating Championship.  Last year’s 1st place prize went to the record holding Joey Jaws Chestnut with 13.76 pounds of ribs devoured in just 12 minutes. Pig out, then dance the food comas away.  The main stage will have LIT on stage Aug. 27, Eric Hutchinson on Aug. 28, Joan Osborne on Aug. 29, Joe Diffie on Aug. 30, Jefferson Starship on Aug. 31, and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Sept. 1.  Admission and parking is free, with shuttles running to the overflow parking at Legends every half hour.  For more information, visit the Nugget Rib Cook-Off Website.

Take your pack to watch The Pack

Head to University of Nevada’s Homecoming Game with Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Southern Utah, on August 30.  Take a selfie with the Pack mascots, or grab a beer at one of the only university stadiums with a liquor license.  The University of Nevada students make every game fun for the family. All will enjoy the howl of the wolves. Tickets range in price but start around $20 for general admission.

Re-enact the Civil War Days (safely)

Historic Virginia City will be holding its 150th anniversary of defending the Comstock as part of Virginia City Civil War Days.  The Comstock Civil War re-enactors will bring Virginia City back into the days of the Nevada’s creation.  In conjunction with the V&T Railroad, more than 100 costumed re-enactors from across the United States will battle for the Comstock.  Gunfire, smoke, screams and fear will resonate through the valley. There will be a wide array of events, parades, dances and re-enactments going on from Aug. 30 until Sept. 1, to learn more about the historic happenings visit the event’s website

Sand Harbor 2If beating the heat is in the agenda, then head to Lake Tahoe for some alpine lake relaxation.  Lake Tahoe always boasts fun for all ages with SUP and other water adventures, mountain hikes, beach relaxation, luxurious accommodations and great restaurants – it is hard to resist the great getaway. On Aug. 31, the 21st Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race will churn some blue water between the Nevadan Dixie Queen and California’s Tahoe Queen.  The 4-mile race will have the paddles spinning to the max as the two battle for bragging rights. Have a family picnic on August 31 at one of the many parks and beaches on the lake, and bring some blankets with to enjoy Labor Day fireworks of Tahoe North or South.

Hot August Nights 2014 is Revving Up Excitment in Reno Tahoe

HotAugustNights2Thermometers are rising and the faint sound of nostalgia is growing loud as Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson gear up for the week ahead (July 29-August3) in the Reno-Sparks area (the Official Kick-Off Party is July 28 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino).  For the 28th annual celebration, Hot August Nights will turn back the clock to the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s where flapper skirts and leather jackets meet among fleets of smoking rides. After a week full of non-stop action the region-wide event will cool down on Sunday, August 3 with thousands classic cars parading through the streets of downtown Reno.

“It’s little wonder hundreds of thousands enjoy revisiting the great era, whether it be a sock hop or drag racing, to craft fairs and exhibitions, to the Big Boy’s Toy Store and Swap Meet, to Show-n-Shines offering over $150,000 in cash and prizes or to witness the extraordinary sight and sounds of an auctioneer at the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. It’s not only a great family vacation destination, but it is worth checking off your bucket list for,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “Not to mention unequaled entertainment featuring the incredible and memorable musical icons of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s such as Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone or The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and with this year adding a Country Night for the first time, 28 years has never been younger.”

Whether a participant or a spectator, the ten days of Hot August Nights will surely zoom past.  To schedule your trip, visit the Hot August Nights event schedule. Here are a few great events that should not be missed:

Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson

For the participants who yearn for something more than to vicariously live through a classic car owner’s life, or for the seasoned car-collector wanting another set of keys, Barrett-Jackson will be holding three days of auctions at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.  From Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, buyers will bid on classics at the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.”  For ticketing information, and to view the docket of cars, visit Barrett-Jackson’s website.

Hot August Nights Autocross

To view smoking tires push the limits of hot rod racing, Hot August Nights Autocross at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center will provide the full experience, Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, August 2, from 9:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Also at the Livestock Events Center is the traditional Swap Meet. This event features pre-1976 automotive parts, services and nostalgic items offered for sale by well over 700 vendors in 1500+ outdoor spaces as well as 250 covered spaces. Swap Meet attendees will also see well over 400 Collector Vehicles offered “For Sale” in the outdoor car corral that is adjacent to the swap area. No matter if you come for the cars, the competition, or the concession, this event will offer enough thrill for the entire family.  Racing and admission is free for Hot August Nights registered car participants, and if you’re not registered, the Autocross and Swap Meet Admission is $6 daily.

Hot August Nights Drag Race and Burnouts

From 6:00 P.M. until midnight, Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3, the stars of the streets will be racing down the track located at the Nugget in Sparks.  The modified drag strip at the Nugget offers the full race experience to street legal cars showcased at Hot August Nights.  Rivals will push the limits of their pre-1976 cars in order to get the best time, and as if pushing a classic car to the limit was not enough pressure, all the races will be done in front of a sea of spectators.  Admission for non-Hot August Nights registered participants is $10, and if you are a participant in Hot August Nights, you might need the drag race registration information!

Second Annual Barrett-Jackson Cup

The Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine will display the best Hot August Nights cars in the streets of downtown Reno.  This showcase will kick-off on Wednesday, July 30 and last until Friday, August 1.  Cars will be parked from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on 4th Street just between Center and Sierra Street. This event will display impeccable show car creations, traveling masterpieces, and extremely rare one-of vehicles, making this a spectator must!

For more information on Hot August Nights visit the event website where you can find all of the daily happenings that will populate the Reno-Sparks area!

Stand-up Paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe

Stand Up PaddleboardingStand Up Paddleboarding… Hopefully you’ve heard of the latest trend in water sports. Maybe a friend told you about it – a new water activity that combines kayaking and surfing. Or, maybe you’ve seen it- while sitting on the beach and looking out onto the lake. You were intrigued by someone gracefully balancing on what looks like an over-sized surfboard, paddling the waters. If this is you, and you haven’t already joined the paddleboard movement, now’s the time! Standup paddleboarding (also known as SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the nation… it’s easy to learn, fun for all ages, and proves a great, unique way to enjoy and explore the water! The sport can be a serene experience as you glide through the water taking in the scenery, or it can be as physically challenging as you want – working every muscle as you trim and tone. And, there’s no better place to paddleboard than the beautiful clear blue water of Lake Tahoe, where you can paddle by magnificent granite boulders, peer at fish swimming at the bottom of the lake, and observe breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.

Here’s a guide to stand-up paddleboarding in the Lake Tahoe area to help you become a SUP-er in no time!

Rentals, Sales, Lessons, Tours:

Whether this is your first time testing the waters, or you are an experienced pro, paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water and experience Lake Tahoe. There is no shortage of companies for rentals, sales, lessons and tours throughout the area. Get out there and find out why Lake Tahoe is considered the largest, most beautiful flat water paddle venue in the country!

EVENTS:

As you may have noticed, people are practically living on paddleboards. They take their dogs and kids on them. They do yoga on them. Personal trainers use them to help clients balance and develop core strength. And, of course, people compete on them. Along with Hawaii, Lake Tahoe is known as an originator of the sport, hosting two of the country’s largest paddling events, Ta-Hoe Nau and the Tahoe Fall Classic. These events are “shore” to be a great time for both competitors and spectators.

Ta-Hoe Nalu, Aug. 15-17 in Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe, is the longest running and largest SUP race event in the United States. This family-friendly event features distance and beginner races, a live concert, sand castle building contests, and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. The interactive event also invites attendees to participate in workshops, dine at the full-service food and beverage court, and enjoy Saturday’s opening ceremonies featuring Polynesian dancers from Halau Hula ‘O Leilani at 7:30 a.m. Registration opens at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Sunday’s five-mile race kicks-off at 9 a.m. and the weekend wraps up at 4 p.m. with closing ceremonies.

The Tahoe Fall Classic, Sept 13-14, is the third and final race in the Tahoe Cup race series, present by O’Neill and hosted by the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association (LTPA). This prone paddle race is a 22-mile, point-to-point race from El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach State Beach. It is the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world and is expected to draw hundreds of competitors from all over the country. SUP demos are provided throughout the weekend compliments of SURFTECH and lunch is provided by Men Wielding Fire. Registration is now open at www.tahoecup.org and a $300 cash purse is awarded to the first paddler to finish.

For more information visit GoTahoeNorth.com.

CANFEST bike drive

A chance to celebrate two things we all love and pair perfectly: Beer and Bikes

canfestCANFEST, the world’s largest canned beer festival, is partnering with the Reno Bike Project for the annual CANFEST Bike Drive. Participants in the drive have the opportunity to donate bicycles to receive complimentary entry to the beer festival. With more than 250 bikes collected throughout previous years, the annual CANFEST Bike Drive presents beer lovers with a chance to have fun doing what they love, all while simultaneously supporting a great cause.

The CANFEST Bike Drive rewards every bike donated to the Reno Bicycle Project with a free ticket to CANFEST on August 23, 2014. Presented by Joseph James Brewing Company, CANFEST is an unlimited tasting festival of beers poured exclusively from cans. Attendees will have the chance to sample 100-120 different brews throughout the evening from breweries all around the world. The festival takes place at Reno’s Peppermill Resort Hotel at 6pm.

The Reno Bike Project is a non-profit community bicycle shop and advocacy group committed to creating a nationally recognized, cycling-friendly community through advocacy and education in the Truckeee Meadows. Every bike donated to the Reno Bicycle Project is recycled or repurposed and put back on the road, making cycling more accessible to the public through recirculation of bikes into the community at affordable prices.

“CANFEST Bike Drive is a great opportunity for the community to give back and have fun as a result,” said Reno Bike Project Executive Director Noah Silverman. “We get to use the donated bikes to help kids, veterans and anyone else that needs or wants to get around on two wheels.”

To participate in the CANFEST Bike Drive, drop off new or used bicycles to The Reno Bike Project at 541 E 4th St to receive your free CANFEST ticket. Call 775-323-4488 or visit www.renobikeproject.com for shop hours and directions. The drive is active until August 22. Donators need to be of legal drinking age and must request the ticket upon donation to qualify.

2014 Barracuda Championship Highlights

barracuda championshipThe face of the Barracuda Championship (formerly Reno-Tahoe Open) was made-over just in time for its highly-anticipated 16th year; the annual Reno Tahoe tournament is now named the Barracuda Championship, based off its new title sponsor, Barracuda Networks. Although the name of the game may have changed, the tournament’s esteemed reputation remains as a favorite stop on the PGA Tour for golfers and spectators alike… With a course surrounded by Reno Tahoe’s spectacular snow-capped mountains and sky-high pine trees, how could it not? Better yet, this year’s Barracuda Championship promises to be bigger, better, and more lively than ever due to the wide variety of new on-site activities for spectators to enjoy; with the Mirassou Wine Walk, the Food Truck Stop, the Kids’ Tree House and more, this year is sure to be a hole-in-one for the whole family.

HIGHLIGHTS:

When: July 28- August 03

Venue: Jack Nicklaus-designed Montrêux Golf and Country Club (par 72, 7,472 yards). Montrêux is the third longest course on the PGA Tour and it has also rated the 6th most difficult course among all PGA Tour events.

Purse: $3 million (first place, $540,000) and 300 FedEx cup points

Scoring: Modified Stableford scoring- The Barracuda Championship boasts the opportunity to be the only event on the entire PGA Tour to play with this format. Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken as in typical stroke play golf, Modified Stableford involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. This exciting format encourages the professionals to shoot for the pin every time which creates more excitement for spectators.

Tickets: Season pass (week-long ticket) is $65. Daily tickets are $20. Children 15-under are free with an accompanying adult.

Media: Live Television Coverage will be on The Golf Channel

PLAYERS:

The Barracuda Championship welcomes 132 PGA Tour Professional golfers to Reno Tahoe.

121212Since its start in 1999, the Barracuda Championship has been host to a number of PGA stars, including Gary Woodland, Jonathan Byrd, J.J. Henry, and more.  Displaying incredible playing ability year to year, including a record-breaking low round of 61 for 2011 champion Scott Piercy, and an unprecedented feat on a pair of par 3s by acing two holes in the same round in 2006 by Yusaku Miyazato, all of these athletes have brought excitement to the grounds of Montrêux. This year, the Barracuda Championship is excited to announce that top-ranked amateur golfer, Patrick Rodgers, who recently finished a record career at Stanford University, will start what is sure to be a prosperous professional career at the event. Jason Allred, coming off a top 15 finish at the Memorial Tournament, will also be in attendance.  Lasly, a fan favorite, John Daly, will be there as well! A complete list of all the players can be found here!

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Women’s Day: The Barracuda Championship brings back Ladies day this year on July 27. Much more than simply a ladies golf outing, Women’s Day presented by Barrick Gold invites all women, from avid golfers to amateurs, to enjoy a “tee”-rific day on the green. Welcome back Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, the 7-time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion, as she gives advice and tips to fellow lady golfers and entertains with an interactive golf demonstration. Enjoy all aspects of this exciting event including a fashion show featuring “bigs” and “little’s” from Reno Tahoe’s own Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, a special introduction to Women’s Health by KTVN’s Wendy Damonte, and a chance to tee up with a ball of yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool for a long-drive contest!

Pro-Am Golf Event: The Pro-Am allows you and your guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside a PGA Tour professional at the beautiful Montrêux Golf and Country Club. Tee times and groupings are decided upon at the Tuesday evening Pairings Party the night prior at the Eldorado Hotel Resort, featuring hosted food and beverage in an elegant setting while you play a “Deal or No Deal” game to learn who your PGA Tour professional teammate will be the following day. Each participant receives a valuable gift package and a commemorative photograph with the Pro in your group.

Patriot’s Luncheon 2014: The Barracuda Championship salutes the troops in a very special way with the 5th annual Patriots’ Luncheon featuring the K9s For Warriors program and benefiting the Veterans Guest House.  Come out July 29 from 11:30 am until 1 p.m. for a visiting soldier’s story about war, post traumatic stress disorder and the rescue dog that helps him each and every day, where you will no doubt be inspired and moved while benefiting an amazing cause.

Check out all of the events and activities the Barracuda Championship has to offer this year.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW:

Reno Tahoe USA is happy to extend the opportunity to receive $4.00 off a “Good Any-Day” ticket, (no limit on how many you can purchase). Click here to purchase and enter promotional code RSCVA14 to activate the discount.

And don’t forget to save those tickets after the tournament is over- on the back of each ticket is a special discount for Wildcreek Golf Course, a local favorite golf course. After watching golf all week, you now have the perfect excuse to extend your stay in Reno Tahoe and play golf… you don’t want to let this discount go to waste!

25th Annual American Century Championship in Full Swing

The #1 celebrity sporting event in America returns to Lake Tahoe for its 25th year. July 15-20, 2014, over 80 sports and entertainment celebrities will compete at Edgewood Tahoe Gold Course for $125,000 of the 600,000 purse.

Celeb sightings will be of plenty, including these athletes and entertainers:

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
World Champion Miami Heat guard Ray Allen
Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy
Current Kansas City Chiefs and former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith
NFL Hall of Famers Steve Young, Jerry Rice and John Elway
Former NY Yankees catcher Jorge Posada

NFL participants include Hall of Fame running backs Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk; former All-Pros Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, John Lynch; and current starts Jared Allen of the Chicago Bears, Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

The NBA will be represented by five-time NBA champion and coveted coaching candidate Steve Kerr, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd and former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. Hockey checks in with All-Star goalie Martin Brodeur, Joe Sakic, Hall of Famer and $1 million 2011 tournament hole-in-one winner; former NHL All-Star center Jeremy Roenick, and 1980 Olympic Gold Medal winner and team captain Mike Eruzione.

Major League Baseball greats to appear include Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Ozzie Smith; future HOF third baseman Chipper Jones; former All-Stars Vince Coleman, Kenny Lofton, Fred McGriff, David Justice, Tino Martinez and Kevin Millar; pitchers Tim Wakefield, Bret Saberhagen and Derek Lowe.

Elway, Wagner, Eruzione and Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon return as the four who’ve played all 25 years.

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NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network will televise the tournament live as follows:

- Friday, July 18: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT (live) on NBC Sports Network

- Saturday, July 19: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, noon to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC.

- Sunday, July 20: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, noon to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC.

Tournament scoring is based on a modified Stableford format with 10 points for a double eagle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey, and minus 2 for double-bogey or higher. The 54-hole tournament has been played at Edgewood Tahoe’s 6,707-yard lakeside course since its inception in 1990. Inaugural American Century Championship winner Mark Rypien, a two-time NFL pro quarterback, will return to Edgewood Tahoe for the 25th anniversary with hopes of repeating his victory. Other returning champions include Hollywood actor Jack Wagner, a two-time American Century Championship winner, and eight-time winner Rick Rhoden.

Season Passes and daily tickets are currently available online at www.TahoeSouth.com and www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com. Season passes are $50 through May 31; beginning June 1, it’s $60. Tickets are $15 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 16; practice round on Wednesday, July 17; and the American Century Celebrity-Am on Thursday, July 18; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids 10 and under receive free admission – limit two — when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounted Daily Tickets will be available beginning June 1 at 127 Raley’s, Bel Air or Nob Hill Foods locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Tickets are $12 (regularly $15) for access Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and $22 (regularly $25) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday tournament action or $18 with a grocery purchase of $50 or more for up to four tickets.

The tournament is also offering complimentary tickets for all military. All active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets, including one for a guest each day of the tournament. All service men and women who would like to attend must apply at https://americancenturychampionship.sheerid.com/ to redeem the special offer. At the events, participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary ticket(s).

SUMMER AT SPARKS MARINA

Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!

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The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.

Water activities include:

  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding

Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.

Amenities Include:

  • Beaches (2)sparks marina bench
  • Picnic areas
  • Fishing pier
  • 2-mile walking path
  • Volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Concession Stand
  • Restrooms
  • Canopies (2)
  • Dog Park

Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.

HellsGate Grand Prix

Just received news that this EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Spectators who pre-purchased HellsGate tickets can expect a full refund.

Silver State Jamboree HellsGate Poster

Come to Wild West Motorsports Park, July 19, for a day packed with motorsport thrills.  Two main events will be happening, the HellsGate Grand Prix and the DownHill DeathBox Derby.

The HellsGate Grand Prix will leave spectators on edge as they watch 500 horsepower 4WD vehicles and UTVs race about a struggling course of daunting rocky obstacles with a 1,500-foot elevation change!

The DownHill DeathBox Derby is a hardcore take on soapbox derby!  Teams will race each other in this intense event down a steep dirt hill that finishes with a teeth-clenching jump.  These gravity-powered vehicles will be judged on style and speed. With plenty of skilled moves and hijinks happening from the high hill at the starting line to the jump at the finish line, it is an event made to be watched in person.

The Wild West Motorsports Park offers a great seating arrangement for 10,000 spectators who will be able to see 75% of the race course. If that isn’t close enough to the action, head to the pits to closely eye the racing monsters.

General admission is $20 with the coupon discount, and ages 10 and under get in free! For more information and ticket purchases go to the events website.

Schedule for Saturday, July 19

9:00am                          Gates Open at Wild West Motorsports Park

10:00am                        HellsGate Grand Prix Vendor Midway Opens

10:00-10:30am               HellsGate Grand Prix Sportsman Practice

10:45-11:15am               HellsGate Grand Prix UTV Practice

11:30am-12:00pm          HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Bronze& Silver Practice

12:15-12:45pm               HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Gold Practice

12:45pm                         DownHill DeathBox Derby Calcutta Auction

1:00-1:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Bronze U4WD Main Event

1:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Heat 1

2:00-2:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Sportsman Cup Main Event

2:45pm                           DownHill DeathBox Derby Heat 2

3:00-3:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Silver U4WD Main Event

3:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Heat 3

4:00-4:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix SXSPerformance UTV Challenge

4:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Main Event

5:00-5:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Gold Main Event

The 2014 Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour to Make a Splash (Or Two) at Sparks Marina

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!

sparks_1The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance.  These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.

When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.

Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted.  This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.

Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit www.prowatercross.com/sparks.com

Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)

Saturday, June 28

9:15am              Practice session for racers

10:15am             Amateur racing begins

11:00am             Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1

11:40am             Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1

1:00pm              Intermission – autograph session with pros

1:30pm              Racing continues, all classes

5:00pm              Racing ends for the day

7:00pm              Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)

Sunday, June 29

9:15am              Amateur racing

11:00pm             Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2

11:40am             Pro Stock – MOTO 2

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle (finals)

1:00pm              Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3

1:20pm              Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3

1:40pm              Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3

2:00pm              Amateur racing

4:00om              Awards ceremony