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2011 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES LAKE TAHOE ROUTES

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in North America, today announced the Stage 1 and Stage 2 race routes for Lake Tahoe.

Amgen RouteLake Tahoe’s first-ever involvement in the race as the official Overall Start is Sunday, May 15 and begins at South Lake Tahoe at 6,300 feet, the highest start elevation in the six-year history of the competition. Stage 1 wraps up in North Lake Tahoe at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, with the Stage 2 Start taking place nearby at Squaw Valley USA on Monday, May 16.

Cyclists will begin at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on the California/Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. The peloton will loop past Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course around Heavenly Village, past the starting line again and onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard (Highway 50) through the casino corridor then clockwise around the 72-mile perimeter of Lake Tahoe.

Riders will gain 700 feet in elevation as they wind up switchbacks on the West Shore. Upon reaching the top of scenic Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the world and the first of three King of the Mountain finishes, they will descend 500 feet while exceeding speeds of 40 miles per hour until the flats of Homewood, home to Lake Tahoe’s oldest marina. Athletes will cruise along the historic West Shore, making their way to North Lake Tahoe and the heart of downtown Tahoe City and then onto Kings Beach.

Cyclists will leave the California side of the lake and enter Nevada, the first out-of-state course for the Tour, and pass through Incline Village. The group will skirt by spectacular Sand Harbor State Park and the legendary Thunderbird Lodge along the East Shore at lake level before a long and steady 1,000-foot ascent to Spooner Summit at an elevation of 7,150 feet.

Speeds here will increase to 45 miles per hour as they descend back toward the lake and through the tunnel at Cave Rock. Racers will then pass Zephyr Cove Resort, returning to Stateline, Nevada, the scene of the overall start.

Amgen TourAfter crossing the state line and back into California at South Shore, the peloton returns to Emerald Bay with its remarkable views and the second King of the Mountain finish. Here some riders may gain separation from the pack before their second descent onto the West Shore.

After passing Tahoe City for a second time, there’s a short ascent to Dollar Point before turning left up Brockway Summit (Highway 267) at North Lake Tahoe to 7,000 feet and one last chance for the climbers to dictate the race outcome with the third and final King of the Mountain finish. After cresting the summit, the lead group plunges down a rapid descent into a hard left turn onto Northstar Drive, where both sprinters and climbers will set-up for a high-speed blast to the finish line at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. 

The spectator-packed finish line is also home to the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival, which features a health and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food and entertainment. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will also host a Break Away from Cancer Walk on Sunday, May 15.

Upon completing Stage 1, competitors will have ridden a lap-and-a-half around Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the country, conquering 119 miles and three mountains passes in approximately five hours and a total elevation gain of 5,500 feet.

North Lake Tahoe is hosting the Stage 2 Start of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California at Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the following morning, Monday, May 16. The action starts directly under the historic Olympic rings at the center of the Village at Squaw Valley with riders peddling the cobbled corridors before turning onto Squaw Valley Road and then descending to the Olympic Flame entrance and a left-hand turn onto Highway 89.

The peloton will follow the picturesque Truckee River corridor as they make their way on Highway 89 toward Truckee and through the two roundabouts near the Interstate 80 overpass. Riders will then turn left onto historic Donner Pass Road before riding the ramp over Interstate 80 and past Donner Memorial State Park, home to the infamous Donner Party.

The pack will continue along the northern shoreline of Donner Lake as they make their approach to the steeps of Old Highway 40 on their way to Donner Summit and the day’s first King of the Mountain finish. With some of the best views of the approaching riders and Donner Lake far below, this spot is sure to jammed-packed with enthusiastic spectators.

From there, athletes speed pass Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Donner Ranch Ski Resort and Soda Springs Ski Resort and descend into California’s Gold Country via Highway 20 and the finish line for Stage 2 at the Sacramento State Capitol.

“Lake Tahoe is pulling out all the stops to provide cyclists and spectators with an unforgettable experience,” said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “This is our golden opportunity to make our mark on the cycling community, and businesses and organizations are eager to welcome the thousands of visitors who will be traveling to the lake, many for the first-time ever.”

“Hosting the overall start in South Shore will not only provide economic impact this year and beyond, but it will also further brand Lake Tahoe as a ‘must ride’ biking destination,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Beginning with the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California quickly became the most successful race in the United States with economic benefits to the state, global recognition and the level of competition. The race also set records in attendance for a single sporting event in California, as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil, with more than 2 million spectators in previous years.

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are spearheading promotional and sponsorship efforts for the Lake Tahoe Stage 1 Start, Stage 1 Finish and Stage 2 Start, and serve on the Amgen Tour of California Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee. Stage 1 of the race is presented by Michelob Ultra, and Stage 2 is presented by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC).

In previous years, the race has drawn some of the world’s most recognizable and respected riders, such as top Amgen Tour VictoryTour de France competitors, world champions and Olympic medalists including Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen, Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck.

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cover 800 miles and visit 15 Host Cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling.  Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • Stage 1: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
  • Stage 2: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
  • Stage 4: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
  • Stage 5: Thursday, May 19 – Seaside toPaso Robles
  • Stage 6: Friday, May 20 – Solvang Individual Time Trial
  • Stage 7: Saturday, May 21 – Claremont to Mt. Baldy
  • Stage 8: Sunday, May 22 – Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks

- Pettit Gilwee

Crazy Fans, Marching Bands, Cheerleaders and Chili Galore

Biggest Little TailgateThe teams have been decided and fans in Reno are excited, Super Bowl Weekend is right around the corner!  Join in the celebration of gridiron glory as Downtown Reno presents The Biggest Little Tailgate Party in the World on Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m!

Stake claim to the best spots along Virginia Street with the rest of Reno’s most dedicated football fans and prepare to have some fun!  Entertainment includes cheerleading performances from the Nevada Wolf Pack Cheer and Dance Squads and a marching band exhibition including Damonte Ranch, McQueen, Sparks, Reed and Douglas High Schools.  We’re also looking for super fans wearing their Sunday football finest to participate in the Best Fan Contest!

Looking for more ways to win?  Sign up for a tailgate spot along the street and compete in the Best Tailgate Setup Contest for a chance to win free beer for an entire year—that’s a case of brew per week for 52 weeks!  Tailgate spots are still up for grabs; sign up by January 31 to show the city how pre-game grilling is done!  

That’s not all!  Test those quarterback skills for a chance to become a millionaire!  The $1 Million Dollar Football Toss is back, just bring two non-perishable food items to the Registration Booth on the plaza or any of the participating Chili Cookoff Booths and receive a free entry card.  One lucky fan will get a chance to hit the target and win!  All food donations collected will go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Tailgate Party-goers also get the chance to be the judge in a street-side Chili Cookoff between each of the Downtown Hotel/Casino Properties!  Purchase a tasting card for just $10 to get samples at all five different chili booths then vote for the best!  Each booth will have a ballot box and each participant will receive one free entry into the $1 Million Dollar Football Toss drawing. 

Take it from the pros; The Biggest Little Tailgate Party is the best place to pre-game on Super Bowl Weekend!  Join former NFL Players Phil Villapiano of the Oakland Raiders, Conrad Dobler of the St. Louis Cardinals and Tony Hill and Glenn Carano of the Dallas Cowboys out on the street for autographs, photos and more. 

Don’t miss the biggest pre-Super Bowl party in Reno!  Tailgating applications are available at Silver Legacy’s Star Rewards Desk on the main casino floor or online at www.silverlegacy.com under the Casino Promotions page.  For more details call 775-325-7401 or visit any participating Downtown Property’s website.  Celebrate the end of the NFL season with gridiron glory on the streets of Downtown Reno; plan to take part in The Biggest Little Tailgate Party 2011!

- Diana Rogers

Pack Fans – Fly to See Your Team in Action

After a nail-biting win over Boise St. at home, the Wolf Pack went on the road to defeat LA Tech, leading the Pack to the Kraft Fight-Hunger Bowl in San Francisco January 9, 2011 in AT&T Park!

Wolf Pack fans looking to watch Nevada play in the same park the Giants play in have several flight options available through Reno-Tahoe International Airport. 

With over 1,000 seats scheduled to the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday and nearly 900 seats scheduled on Saturday, Wolf Pack fans can easily score a seat to the big game. The pictured chart of flights below offers all of the available non-stop and one-stop flight options between Reno and the Bay Area. It is important to note that Southwest Airlines, the largest air carrier at Reno-Tahoe International, does not offer fares through travel service web sites like Expedia, Travelocity or Sidestep. Travelers should check airline web sites directly for the latest fares and availability.

 “Reno-Tahoe International offers numerous flights that can help you follow the Wolf Pack to the Kraft Bowl,” Krys Bart, President/CEO of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, said. “With fares as low as $59 each way, it is the perfect time to hop on board a flight and help support the WAC Conference champions as they take on Boston College in the last game of a history making season.”

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2011 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA TO START AT LAKE TAHOE

The2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in America, will start at Lake Tahoe, one of the country’s most spectacular destinations and nationally renowned cycling meccas. Lake Tahoe’s first-ever involvement in the race will feature more than a lap and a half around the Lake beginning at the Calif./Nev. border in South Lake Tahoe with the Stage 1 finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in North Lake Tahoe. North Lake Tahoe also hosts the Stage 2 start at Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

The Amgen Tour of California covers more than 800 miles, traveling between 15 host cities over the course of eight days from May 15-22, 2011. Last year’s date change from February to May allowed the Tour de France-style road race to visit locations that would not have been possible previously, including a visit to Big Bear Lake. Due to the incredible success, the race will remain in May to provide fans with the most action-packed race possible.

The race will wind through miles of beautiful California terrain, beginning with the first-ever visit to Lake Tahoe, a well-known cycling destination and home of “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.” The race will travel through some of the state’s most scenic landmarks, with the overall finish in title-sponsor Amgen’s hometown community of Thousand Oaks.

Amgen RouteThe 15 official stage start and finish communities that have been selected for the 2011 race include newcomers: South Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort, North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA, Auburn, Livermore, Claremont, and Mt. Baldy, along with return cities: Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Seaside, Paso Robles, Solvang, Santa Clarita and Thousand Oaks.

“Whether it’s skinny or fat tires, Tahoe is a passionate biking community,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Hosting the Amgen Tour of California, the country’s most prestigious bike race, will put us on the map as ‘must ride’ for cyclists while having a significant impact on the local and regional economy.”

“There is nothing quite like riding at elevation – 6,300 feet,” said Andy Chapman, tourism director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “These cyclists are going to be pushing the envelope as they make their way up and down mountain passes and not once but twice around the national treasure of Emerald Bay State Park for a grand finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Equally spectacular will be the Stage 2 Start at Squaw Valley USA with Tahoe’s famed granite peaks making for an unforgettable backdrop.”

Lake Tahoe is recognized for several annual summer biking events. America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride has participants circumnavigate the Lake the first weekend in June. Another chance to circle Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline is during the annual Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue Race in mid-September. Late September brings the Tahoe Century Ride, which starts and finishes at Squaw Valley and features scenic routes and challenging hill climbs. The annual Lake Tahoe Marathon Week offers a bike race around Tahoe’s shoreline the end of September. Furthermore, the annual Death Ride® course covers five High Sierra mountain passes includes both sides of Monitor and Ebbetts Pass,Carson Pass and Turtle Rock Park, north of Markleeville. Tour de Nez offers significant professional stage races in the country taking place in 2 states: Nevada and California; the cities of Reno and Truckee, along the shores of Lake Tahoe, and up the mountains surrounding the resort at Northstar-at-Tahoe every June.

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, are spearheading promotional and sponsorship efforts for the Lake Tahoe Stage 1 Start, Finish and Stage 2 Start, and will serve on the Amgen Tour of California Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee.

Beginning with the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California quickly became the most successful race in the United States with regards to economic benefits to the state, global recognition and the level of competition. The race also continues to set records in attendance for a single sporting event in the state of California, as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil, with more than 2 million spectators in previous years.

“Last year we witnessed the benefits of moving the Amgen Tour of California to May – better weather, a new, challenging route and more intense competition,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “In 2011 we plan to continue to showcase the beautiful features the state of California has to offer, while also continuing to raise the bar for what it means to be the largest, most important cycling race in America.”

amgen-photo1-201x300In previous years, the race has drawn some of the world’s most renowned and respected riders, such as top Tour de France competitors, World Champions and Olympic medalists that include Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen, Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck.

“The 2011 Amgen Tour of California route is going to result in an exciting and compelling race,” said Lance Armstrong of Team Radioshack. “All of us at Team Radioshack are looking forward to it.”

Returning as the title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year, Amgen will continue to leverage the race to raise awareness and support for people affected by cancer through its Breakaway from Cancer® initiative. A leading global biotechnology company with headquarters in Thousand Oaks, Calif., one of the 2011 race Host Cities, Amgen’s invaluable support has helped to ensure the continued success of the race and impact beyond the sporting arena.

“The 2011 Amgen Tour of California route will deliver new challenges for the professional cyclists and also give Amgen an opportunity to introduce our company and our Breakaway from Cancer initiative to California communities that are getting involved in the race for the first time,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager, Amgen Oncology. “We look forward to collaborating with all of this year’s Host Cities to spread awareness about Amgen, our mission to serve patients through using biotechnology to create medicines for people with grievous illness, and the incredible support services that are available free of charge to people affected by cancer through Amgen’s non-profit Breakaway from Cancer partner organizations.”

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will visit 15 Host Cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling.

 Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • • Stage 1: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
  • • Stage 2: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
  • • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
  • • Stage 4: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
  • • Stage 5: Thursday, May 19 – Seaside to Paso Robles
  • • Stage 6: Friday, May 20 – Solvang Individual Time Trial
  • • Stage 7: Saturday, May 21 – Claremont to Mt. Baldy
  • • Stage 8: Sunday, May 22 – Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks

For further information on the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

It’s messy, it’s painful and it’s a ball!

PaintballsI really should’ve taken a picture of the small, perfectly round welt that formed on my wrist. Aside from this blog and the video, it was the only physical evidence of my presence at the Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. (RIP) studios.

RIP President Lawrence “Larry” Kagawa became a paintball enthusiast in the Army. In his 21-year military career, he experimented with non-lethal military training that involved both laser tag and paintball. He fell in love with the spirit and professional aspect of the sport, and decided to test his entrepreneurial side in Reno, Nevada two years ago.

“Paintball is an extreme sport with the teamwork of a traditional sport,” Kagawa said.

Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. is the only indoor paintball facility in all of Northern Nevada. Players are as young as 10 and as old as 72.

“He comes all the way from Fallon to train and really gets into it,” Kagawa said of his oldest player.

DSC_0003It hosts tournaments, coaching clinics and is home to the national champs, NV Reign. The squad currently holds the national title for the National Professional Paintball League, and in two weeks the team is headed to Washington D.C. to see if they can retain that honor. Talk about bragging rights. (No pressure. You’re only representing the state of Nevada.)

And that’s not all. Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. is proud to announce that the Regional Paintball League (RPL) will be visiting Reno July 24 and 25. It’s the first paintball tournament in Reno history! Teams will travel to Reno from San Diego, Oregon, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. The ultimate goal of RIP is to entice the National Professional Paintball League to host its annual tournament in the Biggest Little City.

Immediately following this history-making event, Reno Indoor Paintball, Inc. is supporting the Western States Police and Fire Games.

To learn more RIP or what it takes to be a paintball player, check out the video! Listen closely. You can hear when I get pelted.

US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships

 US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014

The additional event bookings will generate 190,000 room nights in Reno Tahoe USA. 

USBC Queens 2The LA Times didn’t call it the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” for nothing. While most cities have a bowling alley, Reno Tahoe USA has an entire stadium dedicated to the sport, and it’s the one-of-a-kind facility and community spirit that has enticed the U.S. Bowling Congress to return year after year.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced Tuesday that Reno has been selected to host the Women’s Championships in 2013 and both the USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014. This marks the first time in USBC history that both events will take place simultaneously in the same city.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the host city for the 2013 and 2014 USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships,” said Ellen Oppenheim, RSCVA President and CEO. “We are equally thrilled to continue to build our long-time partnership with the prestigious events. We are looking forward to welcoming participants of the USBC and their families to our destination for several more years to come.”

Approximately 85,000 bowlers from across the United States and several foreign countries including England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Bermuda, Canada, Bahamas and France participate in the Open Championships. Additionally, more than 45,000 guests will visit Reno Tahoe for each tournament. The economic impact for both the additional Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014 is projected to be $242 million in direct local spending.

“The positive impact of winning this piece of business in 2013 and 2014 will be felt by all of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shops in the destination,” said Oppenheim. “It also brings Reno Tahoe the opportunity to continue to host one of the largest events in the country. This agreement demonstrates that the National Bowling Stadium is a first rate venue and bowlers enjoy coming to Reno Tahoe.”

The USBC Open Championship will be held inside the one-of-a-kind bowling stadium with simultaneous competition for the Women’s Championships inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC). The last time the RSCC was used for a bowling event was in 1990.

Reno is writing a new page of USBC history in becoming the first city to ever host consecutive tournaments. During previous Open Championships in Reno, 106,916 teams (representing more than 535,000 participants) have competed for more than $30 million in prize money. The Open Championships or Women’s Championships have been held at the National Bowling Stadium 11 times in the past 15 years and are scheduled to return seven  more times.

Sometimes a bowler just has to face the music. Why not do it in the National Bowling Stadium?

 

About United States Bowling Congress:

The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to nearly 2.5 million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

                               

About the RSCVA:

The RSCVA is the primary tourism agency supporting convention and tourism business for the Reno Tahoe region.  Reno Tahoe supports unlimited possibilities from outdoor recreation to 24-hour Nevada style gaming and entertainment.  For more information about Reno-Tahoe call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.

4th of July Festivities in Reno Tahoe USA

Courhouse at NightCan you believe we are officially more than half-way through the year? Time sure flies when you’re having fun in Reno Tahoe USA – and the fun happens 365 days a year here, by the way.

This weekend it’s time to celebrate our nation’s independence, and Reno Tahoe USA is packed with more barbecues, shows and family events than the biggest firework you’ve ever seen! Approximately 34.9 million Americans plan to travel this weekend. We’re willing to bet 33.9 of those wish they were here.

 We’ve put together a list of weekend festivities – from history-making celebrations, to music in the park, to the longest, most spectacular fireworks show in our region – we’re sure to have something for everyone. With daytime highs in the mid-80’s to low-90’s, whip out your red, white and blue – it’s time to get outside!

 ARTOWN – July 4th Weekend Events

Pops at the Ranch with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, July 3, 8 p.m., FREE, Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 775-323-6393

To kick off the Reno Philharmonic’s summer concerts, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform patriotic music to get the crowd ready for the 4th of July weekend. The orchestra is led by Jason Altieri, conductor of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras and the UNR orchestra. For more information, click here.

SwedenCelebrates Virginia City with the Sigtuna Brass Sextet

Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m., Tickets $7.50 and $15

Pipers Opera House, Virginia City, 775-847-0433

Due to some key Swedish inventions like dynamite, nitro-glycerin and even the match, Virginia City was able to flourish. Alfred Nobel was pleased with Virginia City’s applications of his inventions for mining purposes. The Sigtuna Brass Sextet portrays the experience of those early days in uniform playing instruments and music of the day while celebrating Virginia City and the nation it helped build. For more information, click here.

 Patriotic American Fourth Concert, a Family Affair with MasterWorks Chorale

Sunday, July 4, 4 p.m., FREE, Wingfield Park, 1st St. & Arlington Ave., 775-324-1940

The MasterWorks Choralepresents a 4th of July patriotic and American folk music concert. Special music such as “Stars Spangled Banner,” “When I First came to this Land,” “Oh Susannah,” “Camptown Races,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and “Shenandoah”, plus the well-known “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  It’s music and fun for the whole family. For more information on Artown, click here or call the office at 775-322-1538.

Sparks, Nevada 4th of July Extravaganza

The Sparks Marina will be open for swimming from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., and of course the newest whitewater park in Reno Tahoe USA is open to everyone!

The region’s preeminent holiday celebration and fireworks display – Star Spangled Sparks – takes place on Sunday, July 4, on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks. This 11th annual celebration of family and freedom is highlighted by a 20-minute state-of-the-art pyrotechnic display, framed by the Nugget’s picturesque hotel towers, making the fiery light exhibition the longest and most spectacular show in the region.

The activities start on Victorian Square at 4 p.m., with kid’s rides, multiple food and drink vendors and a National Guard flyover. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. The Legends at Sparks Marina will run a shuttle from the shopping center to the Marina from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FireworksNorth Tahoe July 4th Celebrations

Gene Hamilton’s BetterRide Downhill Camp to Northstar Resort

Date: Jul 2 (Fri) – Jul 4, 2010 (Sun)

BetterRide is putting on a 3-day downhill mountain bike camp at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced coaches in the sport. Learn to rail corners like Mitch Ropelato; fly through rock gardens like Graeme Pitts and race like Greg Minnaar. Sign up soon as this camp is limited to 14 riders to ensure the optimal athlete coach ratio! Designed for downhill racers and riders, this Downhill Camp focuses on the core skills that the BetterRide coached pros use, mental preparation and of course, FUN. For more information on costs, rules and registration email betterride@gmail.com or call 970.261.1869.

Tahoe Star Tours ~ War & Love Meet in the Sky at Northstar Resort

Date: Friday, Jul 2, 2010, 8:30pm-10:30pm

Guests interested in taking advantage of the resort’s unique mountain setting which is ideal for star gazing may choose to participate in a Tahoe Star Tour. Led by star guide Amateur Astronomer Tony Berendsen, these evening sky tours take guests on a trip across the heavens. Tours are highly interactive and allow guests to have a hands-on experience at amateur astronomy. Tahoe Star Tours meet at the top of the Highlands Gondola at the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. From there, guests are escorted to the viewing location on the deck of the Big Springs Day Lodge, located mid-mountain at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Proper walking footwear is recommended. There is a cost to participate. All tours include a commemorative flashlight. For more information or reservations, click here.

Free Show! Austin Blues Great Carolyn Wonderland

Date: Jul 2, 2010 (Fri) at Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV, 10:00 p.m.

Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitar and trumpet musician and can she sing! A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. For more information, click here.

Kings Beach’s 2010 Music Series, Kings Beach, CA

Date: Jul 2, (Fri) – Aug 20, 2010 (Fri)

The lineup has been confirmed for the 2010 Kings Beach Music on the Beach series. Local favorites the Blues Monsters will again kick off the series at the opening show on July 2. The ALWAYS FREE music series kicks off Friday, July 2 and runs every Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., until Aug. 20 at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The Trey Stone Band is slated for the series finale on Aug. 20. For the complete lineup call (530) 546-9000 or click here.

Red, White and Tahoe Blue Tahoe July 2-4 Events! Various Locations in Incline Village, NV

Date: Jul 2, 2010 (Fri)

This weekend event includes festivities during both day and night with all types of patriotic activities – barbecues, pancake breakfast, opening ceremonies, dress up doggie contest and Fireworks on the 4th. It’s fun for everyone! For all of the details, click here.

Run to the Beach: 5K and 10K ~ Starting at the North Tahoe Regional Park

Date: Jul 4, 2010 (Sun), 8:00 a.m.

Run to the Beach 5 and 10k starts at the North Tahoe Regional Park. From the park you have an option of participating in the 5 or 10k distance both of which finish on the “Big” beach in Kings Beach, CA. Kings Beach is a great place to spend your July 4th weekend. Fireworks are scheduled for the evening of July 3rd. For more information, clik here.

Reno July 4th Celebrations

Reno Aces

The Reno Aces return to Reno for July 4th for a four-game run against the Sacramento River Cats. Festivities will start at 2:00 p.m.

Although Sunday’s 6:35 game is completely sold out, fans are welcome to join the festivities on the plaza in front of Aces Ballpark beginning at 2 p.m. The plaza will be home to inflatables for kids, water balloon and potato sack races, a visit from Archie and more.

In addition, the newly-opened Beer Garden at the Freight House District will be holding volleyball and bocce ball tournaments throughout the afternoon. The Harters will play a pregame concert at 3:45 p.m., and a number of Aces players will participate in an autograph session at 4:30 p.m.

Fans are also welcome to view the game and the postgame fireworks show at the Freight House District, located at Aces Ballpark, from inside Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Grill, outside on the Bugsy’s Sports Bar Patio or on one of the more than 30 high-definition flat-screen televisions located throughout the Freight House District. Open year-round and seven days a week regardless of whether the Aces have a game or not, the Freight House District will be one of the premier viewing locations for the much-anticipated Aces Ballpark Independence Day fireworks show.

Grand Sierra Resort, Reno -Centennial Celebration: Johnson vs. Jeffries

Exactly one hundred years ago on this July 4, the whole world was watching Reno, Nevada, in perhaps one of the most important events in American Boxing History. 20-thousand boxing fans from around the world poured into Reno to witness the “Battle of the Century”. (That was 5-thousand more people than Reno’s population at the time!) It was a matchup between Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson, the first African American to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. Johnson was an intimidating boxer and was considered a pariah amongst white America because of his refusal to live his life according to the bigoted social norms prevalent during 1910.

Now, exactly 100 years later, the city of Reno will honor the legacy of this most famous of fights with a three-day celebration, July 2-4, 2010, featuring boxing celebrities, family members of those involved in the original fight, as well as live professional boxing at the Grand Sierra Resort, which will be aired by Fox Sports Net.

The list of professional boxers includes Reno native and super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs), former Jr. flyweight champion Ulises Solís (30-2, 21 KOs) and undefeated up-and-coming middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (12-0, 9 Kos).

Visitors to the 100-year anniversary celebration will have the opportunity to tour the original fight site as well as the locations of both Johnson’s and Jeffries’ pre-fight training camps.

Dates, times and more details about these and other events planned for the Johnson-Jeffries 100-year anniversary celebration can be found here , along with more history of the original fight and information about lodging packages available for the weekend.

RSCC FireworksPeppermill Resort Casino

July 3, don’t miss an exciting night of Rock! Arnel Pineda of “Journey” plays his Love To Rock concert with Rachelle Ann Go and the Ammo Band in Peppermill’s state-of-the-art Tuscany Event Center. Ticket prices start at $48 and are available online or on site at Peppermill’s Information Booth or Hotel Front Desk, or by phone at (877) 525-7469.  Doors open at 7pm.

 Eldorado and Silver Legacy Resort Casino

There’s quite a bit to do at the Eldorado and Silver Legacy for 4th of July weekend. Here’s the rundown:

The Eldorado:
“Shake, Rattle & Roll” – Special Summer Pricing, tickets starting at just $19.95 for adults

Silver Legacy:
Cafe Sedona – All American Burger and Fries, with Soda $6 with beer $8
Bud and Bud Light $2.50 at all casino bars

Co-Sponsored Events:
The Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook Off – July 3-5 on Virginia St.

It’s spiciest, most affordable 4th of July festival to ever hit Downtown Reno—Silver Legacy Resort Casino is hosting the 9th Annual Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook-off on Virginia Street this 4th of July weekend!

From Saturday, July 3 to Monday, July 5 you’ll have a chance to sample the best sauces, taste top-notch wings and watch the best in the business compete for poultry pride. Nearly a dozen restaurants and bars will be on hand to compete, including last year’s defending champ from right here in Nevada, the “Havin’ an Affair” sweet and spicy sauce from Las Vegas. For more information, click here.

Chinese Concert – July 4 at the Reno Ballroom, 8 p.m.

Vietnamese Concert – July 4 at the Pioneer Center, 6 p.m.

Pops in the Park, presented by the Sierra Philharmonic League
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Jason Altieri conducting
July 4, 4:30 p.m. Mormon State Park, Genoa NV, FREE
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra has performed at “Pops in the Park” in Genoa to capacity crowds for over 25 years, and could be a best kept secret in Reno. The Sierra Philharmonic League organizes the family friendly event with clowns, strolling musicians, along with silent and live auctions.

The Truckee River is Among the Top Sportsman Summer Destinations!

Fly FishingSportsman Channel has announced its Top Sportsman Summer Destinations and lo and behold, the Truckee River is on the list! Hosts of Sportsman Channel spend their days hunting, fishing and shooting throughout North America. That’s their job! So they should know a quality, living body of water when they see one. With summer now officially upon us, Sportsman Channel surveyed its talent, as well as its newly appointed CEO, to create the Top “Sportsman” Summer Destinations List.

The Truckee River came in 4th place! Here’s what Chad Belding had to say about our river:

Chad Belding of The Fowl Life: “My favorite summer destination is the Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Reno in the beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. The river provides some excellent fishing during the summer months and the guides at the Reno Fly Shop are experts on the local water. They know the hatches, the timetables, the riverbeds, and food beds. Bottom line, they know how to get you on the fish. This in addition to these guided trips, being very affordable is what keeps me coming back to this area year after year. I love to either navigate the river on a float trip or by cruising the shorelines in search of some new honey holes. My favorite locations to fly fish on the Truckee River are literally minutes from Downtown Reno Nevada and Lake Tahoe. There is a ton to do after I get off of the river with great food, summertime activities, concerts, sporting events, and of course the mountains. I suggest staying at the El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno. The Eldorado is a locally owned Hotel-Casino that offers nothing but first class accommodations.” Fishing with Reno Fly Shop Guides – El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno: www.EldoradoReno.com and www.renoflyshop.com

 

You said it best, brother!

 

For a complete list of the top Sportsman Channel summer destinations, click here.

Reno Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary of Historic Boxing Match

BE053704Exactly one hundred years ago on this July 4, the whole world was watching Reno, Nevada, in perhaps one of the most important events in American Boxing History. 20-thousand boxing fans from around the world poured into Reno to witness the “Battle of the Century”. (That was 5-thousand more people than Reno’s population at the time!) It was a match up between Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson, the first African American to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. Johnson was an intimidating boxer and was considered a pariah amongst white America because of his refusal to live his life according to the bigoted social norms prevalent during 1910.

Jeffries, the former champion who had retired undefeated three years earlier, never having agreed to face Johnson – had come out of retirement as the “Great White Hope” to take back the heavyweight championship for the white race.

A fight anticipated like no other, before or since, the Johnson-Jeffries match is still cited as one of the most important sporting events of all time.

The fight, which was promoted and refereed by legendary boxing promoter Tex Rickard, was originally scheduled to take place in San Francisco; however, one year before the fight was scheduled to take place, California Governor James Gillette withdrew his support for the fight, making Rickard scramble to find another venue to host the event.

At the time, Nevada was the state most friendly to boxing, and Reno was conveniently located on the railroad, allowing for thousands of fans to be brought in easily from both coasts. A ring, with seating for 20,000, was built in downtown Reno for the event.

Johnson defeated Jeffries in 15 rounds to retain his heavyweight crown on the custom-made boxing ring in downtown Reno. The 1910 victory sparked race riots across the nation, and changed boxing forever. Until Johnson took the heavyweight crown, boxing had never let a black boxer compete for the heavyweight title.

And now, exactly 100 years later, the city of Reno will honor the legacy of this most famous of fights with a three-day celebration, July 2-4, 2010, featuring boxing celebrities, family members of those involved in the original fight, as well as live professional boxing at the Grand Sierra Resort, which will be aired by Fox Sports Net.

The list of professional boxers includes Reno native and super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs), former Jr. flyweight champion Ulises Solís (30-2, 21 KOs) and undefeated up-and-coming middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (12-0, 9 Kos).

“We’re very excited that family members representing all four of the principle parties involved in making the original fight happen – Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries, promoter Tex Rickard and acting Governor Denver Dickerson – will be able to attend the 100-year anniversary celebration,” said Terry Lane of Let’s Get It On Promotions, which is helping organize the celebration.

Visitors to the 100-year anniversary celebration will have the opportunity to tour the original fight site as well as the locations of both Johnson’s and Jeffries’ pre-fight training camps.

Dates, times and more details about these and other events planned for the Johnson-Jeffries 100-year anniversary celebration can be found online, along with more history of the original fight and information about lodging packages available for the weekend.

It’s Professional Cycling with Mint Juleps, Of Course.

Female CyclistThe Tour de Nez has a way of turning spectators into participants.

From June 17-20, the event’s cycling races and festivities move from Sparks to Reno and finally through Tahoe. Tour de Nez attendees will see a lightning quick time trial, cycling team tactics and a furious circuit race through the narrow streets of the Village at Northstar, but the race would not be complete without a tasty mint julep.

But what is more unique about the Tour de Nez is what attendees can do: race messenger-style bikes through the streets of Reno, straddle a clunker for  low-speed laps for a chance to win prizes, or saddle up and soak in the Tahoe scenery with a group of pros.

Even after cyclists climb off the bike, the party goes on with live music, an expo and food and drink sprinkled in between cycling events.

“The festivals include live music and big parties every day,” said Tim Healion, founder and race director of the Tour de Nez. “You can ride your bike all day in the Sierra then watch a killer bike race and party all night.”

The festival feel keeps the event true to its roots as a party that over time grew into a prestigious domestic cycling race.

“Every race I know started as a bike race, and then they had to figure out what to add to get people to come,” said Healion. “We did it backwards – we started out as a party for the first seven years, and then we added the bike race to make it more interesting.”

Today, the Tour de Nez is an important stop on the professional cycling circuit, attracting many of the top U.S. professional cycling teams including UnitedHealthcare (formerly Health Net), Kelly Benefit Strategies, Bissell, Jelly Belly and Fly V Australia.

Pros, masters, women and handcyclists will compete over three days at a time trial in Sparks and circuit races in downtown Reno and at Lake Tahoe’s Village at Northstar, all with the goal to be crowned Tour de Nez champion.

To properly sum up the experience, here’s what the 2007 Overall Champ had to say, “This race is awesome. The others are stupid.”

Well said.

2010 Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 17 – Sparks, Nev.

• Sparks Nugget Prologue Time Trial starting and finishing right in the middle of the craziest farmers market you’ll ever experience. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. with music and food to follow at the Sparks Farmers Market.

Young CyclersFriday, June 18 – Reno, Nev.

• Group ride with athletes in the morning with coffee stop.

• Downtown Reno Circuit Race that starts and finishes on 1st St. at West St. (Pro men/elite women/masters)

• National championship handcycle race.

• Races for clunkers, messengers, and kids at West Street Plaza on the Truckee River in Reno.

• Party afterwards at West Street Plaza.

Saturday, June 19 – Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif.

• Village circuit race at the Village at Northstar-at-Tahoe for Pro men/women/handcycles/masters and Lance Armstrong Junior Road race Series.

• Village races for clunkers and kids.

• Expo, music, demos, food, festival, and party all in the Village at Northstar

Sunday, June 20

• Ride with the Pros

For more information and registration visit the Tour de Nez site.