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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Face-offs in Reno

43rd annual National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, September 17 – 29, in Reno.

The Reno-Sparks Live Stock Events Center will be filled with the nation’s top triathletes, September 17 – 29. This triathlon’s events: herd work, rein work and fence work. Nope, this is not your typical triathlon, nor is it your typical horse show… it’s NRCHA’s Snaffle Bit Futurity. Total payout is over $1 million this year, and the crowned Futurity Open Champion will come home $100,000 richer.

Once you go, you’ll be hooked for every year to come. Fans are equally compelled to the action outside of the arena, with horse sales, trade show shopping and hanging out with other die-hard fans.

The last three days of the event (Sept. 27-29) are the only days with an entry fee of $15. The special events and nail-biting action of the finals competitions will be well worth admission.

Highlights from this year’s schedule:

Thursday, Sept 27

The giant video screen is up, and the herd settle begins early at 7:30 a.m. to determine the winner of the Cinch Futurity Intermediate Open and Futurity Limited Open Finals. Open Hackamore and Open Bridle finalists follow to compete for their respective titles.

Friday, Sept 28

Action-packed Futurity Non-Pro finals begin at 4:00 p.m. At 8, cheer on your favorite entry in the Celebrity Cow Horse Fence Work Competition with famous faces such as singers Juni Fisher and Trent Willmon, and Tom McMillan from “Tom’s Wild Life” show on GAC.

Saturday, Sept 29

Futurity Open Finals start at 1:30 p.m. beginning with herd work. At 7pm, enjoy the Open Finalists for rein and cow work finals. After the Futurity Open Champion is crowned, enjoy a live performance by country music artist Trent Willmon.

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For more information, please visit www.NRCHA.com.

2012 Expedition Man Endurance Festival

The inaugural Expedition Man Endurance Festival, August 25, is an ultra-long relay and Aqua Bike triathlon, simultaneously. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned event will traverse 140.6 miles through the communities of Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Washoe Valley, Reno and Sparks, and highlight the breathtaking and iconic Northern Nevada scenery.

Race Details
Each leg offers the Ultra Distance or an optional Long distance. Race begins at 6:00am at Zephyr Cover Resort.

1The unique course starts swimmers at Zephyr Cove Resort in the beautiful southern part of South Lake Tahoe, NV (2.4 miles or 1.2 miles). The 112 mile bike ride will utilize a variety of Northern Nevada’s scenery including a 1,400 ft elevation drop into Carson City (56 mile option). The bike portion of the route includes a three mile climb to Spooner Lake (7,100ft elevation), followed by a thrilling downhill ride that includes a 1,400ft elevation drop into Carson. The course then goes through the pristine calmness of Washoe Valley and continues into Reno, ending at the Legends at Sparks Marina. The day ends with a long run along the Truckee River Trail finishing at the Legends at Sparks Marina (26.2 miles or 13.1 miles).


Festival Area (Located at Scheels)
DJ Ryon, 93.7 BOB-FM and some of your favorite local bands will keep the music flowing at this year’s Festival located at the Legends at Sparks Marina in front of Scheels.The Festival will have a vendor area with plenty of food and drinks and a great viewing area for spectators looking for their favorite athlete coming in and out of the bike-run transition areas or crossing the finish line. Come out and enjoy this great event!

Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events at the Reno-Tahoe Open

WillysIf you’re planning to go to the Reno Tahoe Open, stop by Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events! There’s great prize giveaways, free special event decals, cool displays and discount tickets for an upcoming off-road race.  This exhibit tent is located between the driving range and the #1 tee box, just look for Washoe Willys!  Entry cards for the prize giveaways are available on the public parking shuttles or at Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events!  Deposit your completed entry in the raffle drum at the exhibit tent; winners will be selected on Monday, August 6.

Check out these prizes!

ExperienceRenoTahoePrizeFormThe Biggest Little City is known for its plethora of great special events that entertain locals and visitors alike year round.  Reno-Tahoe Open is a proudly showcasing several partner events as they bring a piece of their special event right to the golf course! Guests will enjoy a hot air balloon display , a classic car exhibit from Hot August Nights and the National Automobile Museum, a jet from the Reno Air Races and more, right on the grounds of Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Available for viewing August 02-05, 2012.

Fore the Love of Golf, it’s Time for the Reno-Tahoe Open

As the date of the 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open approaches, July 30 – August 5, read all about the event, who’s playing, discounts, and how to get involved in the favorite stop of the PGA TOUR by its members!

rtoTo start, how about a coupon:

DISCOUNTED TICKETS!

Receive a $5 discount on general admission tickets, valid for any day of the tournament. The regular price of the general admission tickets is $20, but you will receive them for just $15.

Now that’s settled, here is a list of who you will see out on the green. These are the committed players as of today.

MAJOR TOUR PLAYERS:

RICH BEEM – PGA Championship winner and 16-year PGA TOUR veteran has had two top-25 finishes on the PGA TOUR so far in 2012. Returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 10th time.

SHAUN MICHEEL – Returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 8th time. He was the 2003 PGA Championship winner and one of only two golfers to have ever recorded a double eagle on a par 5 at a US Open.

TODD HAMILTON – This Texas resident was the winner of the 2004 British Open and 2004 Honda Classic and was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2004.

JOHN DALY – Has won 5 times on the PGA TOUR and a fan favorite. Known for his astoundingly long drives and outrageous golf attire, this will be his 6th appearance at the Reno Tahoe Open.

DAVID DUVAL – A 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the British Open. He was a former World No. 1 player on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

LEE JANZEN – Two-time US Open winner and The Players Championship winner has played on 2 Ryder Cups teams and the President’s Cup team.

MIKE WEIR – This Canadian has had an impressive 8 wins on the PGA TOUR, including a Masters victory, and has played in 5 President’s Cup teams.

Give a little, get a little… Reno-Tahoe Open needs some VOLUNTEERS.

rtoGain a true “inside the ropes” experience behind a PGA TOUR event!  The RTO cannot operate without an amazing force of volunteers and they could use help for a variety of positions throughout the event (July 30-August 5).  If you can’t volunteer, you can always forwarding this opportunity to friends, family or organizations that you are affiliated with… just sayin’.

Reasons to Volunteer

  • Help your community (the RTO Foundation has donated $2.2 million to nonprofits and schools to-date)!
    • Take pride in the success of this special event that receives 18 hours of GOLF channel coverage for our destination!
    • Volunteers will be able to play a round of golf for FREE at Dayton Valley Golf Club on Mondays during the month of August.  Just show your Volunteer identification badge!
    • Experience a PGA TOUR event behind the ropes!
    • It’s fun!

What is Expected

  • You do not have to commit to working every day of the event and depending on the committee that you serve, the average workday is just 4 to 6 hours long.  There are some assignments that may require longer days.
  • Typically, volunteers work three or more shifts, but the RTO is very flexible in working with your schedule and are delighted to have your assistance in any capacity you are able to provide.
  • Volunteers pay $55 to cover the cost of their uniform and receive a shirt, hat, a meal with each shift worked and two season passes to the Reno-Tahoe Open! The package is valued at over $200.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by July 30, 2012.

How to Sign Up

For more information or to sign up, call 775.322.3900 or visit http://www.renotahoeopen.com/index.php/volunteer/

About the Reno-Tahoe Open

In its 14th year, the Reno-Tahoe Open is one of just 47 PGA TOUR events worldwide, and now the only event on the PGA TOUR calendar with a Modified Stableford scoring format.   For 2012, David Duval, John Daly, Lee Janzen, Mike Weir, Rich Beem, Shaun Micheel and British Open winner Todd Hamilton have already committed to play in this year’s event and more major tour players are expected!

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open Event Guide

On June 27, the stars of women’s bowling will compete under the stars in downtown Reno!

5:00-7:00pm       Street Festival (adjacent to the bowling lanes) on N. Virginia Street

7:00pm                 Opening Ceremonies (under the Reno Arch)

7:30pm                 Competition begins (approx. 2 hours)

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Bowling’s US Women’s Open is bowling’s most prestigious event. This is the first US Open brand event to be held in Reno!

Over 300 of bowling’s greatest women players will go head to head in qualifying rounds to earn one of five coveted spots in the finals, which will be held on the evening of June 27, literally under the stars in downtown Reno. Four bowling lanes are being constructed on N. Virginia Street, with the Reno arch as the backdrop. One of these five finalists could potentially win a $1,000,000 if they bowl a perfect match!

The competition will be televised on ESPN2 next week (July 3) – see if you make it in the crowd shots!

There will be several large screens positioned along the street festival area so everyone is sure to catch the action. (There is limited reserved bleacher seating, for event sponsors and their guests.)

Street Festival:

There is plenty more than just bowling balls rolling around the streets of downtown Reno. Located adjacent to the competition lanes, enjoy a FREE admission to the street festival! Food and beverage will available for sale, courtesy of the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. Stop by the Reno Tahoe USA special events displays, as well as displays from the major bowling sponsors.

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open to Break History under the Reno Arch

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open – June 21-27

For the second consecutive year, bowling is breaking new ground at Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open, the industry’s pre-eminent professional women’s tournament. Following a landmark television finals event in 2011 that was played at the 50 yard-line in Cowboys Stadium, the Open finals will now – for the first-time ever – be played outdoors on legendary Virginia Street in Reno, Nev. History will be broken twice, as the event will also feature the introduction of the first-ever Bowling’s Senior U.S. Women’s Open, for participants over 50 years old.

538107_10151046030382112_1931746172_nThe 2012 Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open and Senior Open will take place simultaneously, beginning June 21 at the National Bowling Stadium, and will culminate with the top five bowlers earning a spot in the finals on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. For a second consecutive year, the Open finals, in addition to the newly-added Senior Open finals, will be broadcast on ESPN’s family of networks.

This event is open to the public for viewing.

www.bowlingsuswomensopen.com.

PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour Hosts Wrangler Retro Night at Reno Rodeo June 14

The best bull riders in the world are scheduled to compete in Reno, Nevada, June 14… in style.

4711570977_d7f3944b37_zIf being thrashed by the rankest PRCA bulls wasn’t tough enough, this year’s riders are asked to do it in style, dressing in retro Western wear in Reno Rodeo’s first ever Wrangler Retro Night. Fans are also encouraged to partake in the festivities… minus the bull riding. Post photos of friends and family wearing retro western clothing to http://www.facebook.com/wranglerwestern to be seen and selected for prizes!

The headliners scheduled to compete include 12 of the 15 bull riding qualifiers from the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, many of which were selected for this past December’s Wrangler NFR.

The livestock stars of the Reno Xtreme Bulls event will include a number of rank PRCA bulls; including, 202 Bring It, Juicy Vindication, and Touch of Class.

All 40 riders will compete in a long-go on June 14, beginning at 7 p.m. (PT), and the top 12 will be brought back for the finals, where the Reno Xtreme Bulls champion will be crowned based on the highest total score.

The payout for the Reno Xtreme Bulls is big, $50,000. Monies won at PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour stops count towards the 2012 PRCA World Standings, which determine qualifiers for the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler NFR.

Tickets for the one night only Reno Xtreme Bulls event may be purchased by calling 1-800-325-7328 or by visiting the event’s web site, www.renorodeo.com. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $20 for reserved grandstand seats and $25 for premium box seats. The Reno Rodeo Outdoor Arena is located at 1350 N. Wells Ave. in Reno.

NEW ADVENTURES IN RENO TAHOE USA

Seven new special events are being added to Reno Tahoe’s 2012 event lineup. Events include Symbiosis Gathering Pyramid Eclipse, Dancers Extreme Challenge, Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival, Fireworks 500, Lake Tahoe SummerFest, Human Performance Project and Expedition Man. Reno Tahoe USA is a destination packed full of unique special events that draw in thousands of visitors each year, and these new adventures will add even more diversity to an already vast entertainment calendar.

1_symbiosis-logoSymbiosis Gathering Pyramid Eclipse features an epic lineup of artists, musicians and teachers, and invites the masses to gather on the remote desert shores of Pyramid Lake, where the central line of the annular solar eclipse will pass at 6:30 p.m. on May 20, 2012. The May 17-22 event honors the alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun with a celebration; including, live music, guest speakers and workshops on an array of topics, such as yoga and neurology.

From June 21-24, pro, intermediate and beginner dancers from across the nation come together on the southwest shores of Pyramid Lake for Dancers Extreme Challenge. Featuring a 5,000 sq. ft. dance floor on the lake front, this complete, packaged experience includes: a Survivor style team competition, water volleyball, bon fires, and all-you-can eat breakfast, lunch and dinners.

Beach Sports FestivalSparks Marina is set to host the Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival from June 30 – July 1, where the EVP Volleyball Tour and UWP Watercross Tour will combine for the first time on the west coast. Both events are the largest of their kind in country, featuring hundreds of All-American athletes going head-to-head in pro volley ball action on the beach and high-speed race action on the water.

Fireworks 500, July 1-8, features nine days of action packed events: qualifying races; performances by the Monster Freestyle MX Team, featuring X-Game and Ninja Stunt Team riders; race car displays; autograph signing; and, live entertainment. On July 7, racers take to the desert at the Reno Tahoe Motorplex, off Interstate-80 Exit 32, for a thrilling 500-mile race – the longest off-road race in the United States.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 30 – August 19, is a celebration of the arts. Masterpieces of classical music will be performed by instrumentalists from The New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, with live theatre and fine art presented by The Nevada Museum of Art. This celebration art and culture will be enjoyed under the tall pines, and alongside the crystal blue water, of Tahoe’s North Shore.

Presenting hundreds of athletes competing in over 15 different sports, The Human Performance Project is the most diverse display of athletics in the country. Held at the Grand Sierra Resort from August 23-26, competitors face off in Olympic, mixed martial arts, bodybuilding, outdoor and action sport categories.

3177724639_fa1b91e0caExpedition Man, August 25, is Northern Nevada’s first Ultra Distance Triathlon, traversing a 194.2 mile course from South Lake Tahoe to the Legends at Sparks Marina. Participants begin with a brisk swim in beautiful Zephyr Cove Lake Tahoe, followed by a challenging bike course through Carson City into Reno, culminating with three fast out-and-backs around the Sparks Marina.

Reno Tahoe USA is home to more than 290-days of special events. For more information, see the full Special Events Calendar at http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/events/reno-tahoe-2012-special-events-festivals.

The Super Scoop

The Big Game might be in Indianapolis, but the real Super Bowl XLVI action is right here, in Reno Tahoe, on February 5! Not only will you watch the New England Patriots battle against the New York Giants on massive screens, you’ll also enjoy great food, prizes and even NFL cheerleaders!

Watch Tom Brady and Eli Manning go head-to-head at the Super Stadium Bash XLVI hosted by the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in the Tuscany Events Center. For $55, enjoy Bud and Bud Light draft beer at every table, all-you-can-eat stadium food buffet, a Super Stadium Bash t-shirt and mug, exciting prizes every quarter and a meet and greet with the Budweiser Girls!

The Super Bowl fun kicks off before the game even starts at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa with a special Oakland Raiderette Cheerleader meet and greet on the Paradise Terrace from 2-3 pm. After getting your picture taken with the beautiful Raiderettes, catch all the hard hitting action on HDTVs throughout the casino or on 13-feet screens in the comfort of the Race & Sports Book, all while enjoying specials on your favorite stadium food and beer!

The Silver Legacy Resort Casino is throwing the largest Big Game Party in northern  Nevada at the Downtown Reno Ballroom. Hosted by KOZZ’s Smith and McClain, you won’t miss a play or knee-slapping commercial while watching the grid-iron action on multiple giant screens. For $40, enjoy a complimentary drink, all-you-can-eat buffet, big game hat, prizes and Budweiser swag!

At the Eldorado Hotel Casino, every seat is the best seat in the house as they open up the award-winning Broadway style showroom to host the 2012 NFL Championship party, featuring stadium style seating!  Tickets for a reserved seat are $25, and include a drink, stadium food and a souvenir hat commemorating the game. If enjoying delicious micro-brews while watching the action is more your style, head over to The Brew Brothers where you’ll find eighteen big screen TVs; mouthwatering burgers, salads and pizzas; and of course, hand crafted beers. Be sure to keep your eyes open for appearances by former NFL players Frank Hawkins, Dan McGwire, Quinn Early and former Harlem Globetrotter, Eathan O’Bryant.

7 Reasons Visitors are Rushing to Visit Reno Tahoe’s Outdoors BEFORE a Snowstorm Hits

We’ve all heard it… Pray For Snow, Pray for Snow, Pray For Snow. And we’ll be the first ones to admit some snow would be nice (hence our Snow Dance Competition where we’re giving away a 2-Night Ski Vacation to the best snow dance in order to increase the frequency of snow… Mother Nature, are you watching?), but we must share the numerous upsides for a delayed ski season that have been compelling visitors to come before snow coats our mountains for the remainder of winter. 

2350526924_309d26f1ce[1]Last weekend a visitor told us they skied, mountain biked and golfed in the same day – that’s pretty awesome. 

1.       Learn to ski. Let’s face it, if you’re a first-timer, you aren’t going to be dropping 10-foot lips that require a snow pillow for landing, and you aren’t skiing in waist deep powder through the trees. The freshly groomed runs paired with endless blue skies create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing day on the slopes.  Plus, January is National Learn to Ski Month so resorts are offering massive discounts to first-timers!

2.       Golf. Our courses pride themselves on being open all year long, so hit them up! We have 50 within 90 minutes of downtown Reno, most of which are inside 15 minutes.

3.       Hike. It’s a rare occasion that our trails are hikeable this time of year without strapping on snowshoes.  See what’s usually hiding underneath all that snow!

4.       Rock climb. Climbers know their grips are easier to hold when it’s cold out. So what are you waiting for?

6033352153_1136b13bee[1]5.       Mountain bike. The trail conditions are excellent right now, so grab a friend and escape into the towering pines in the Sierra Mountains. 

6.       Ice skate. Enjoy this chilly wintertime activity, without the chill.

7.       Perfect road conditions. No moisture, no snow, no ice, no sliding. It’s faster and easier than ever to get here!