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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.

26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 27, through Monday, September 1, 2014. This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free!

More than 500,000 visitors and 230,000 pounds of ribs were served in 2013. The wide variety of activities within the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment – not to mention the best BBQ in the country  – all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.

Cooker-rib pile

Rib Cookers

Twenty-three of the world’s most decorated and talented rib cookers will feed event goers, while competing for a total cash purse of $14,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive BBQ.  In 2013, Famous Dave’s BBQ took home the title of “Best in the West,” their third time following wins in 2006 & 2007 at the event. Another top honor – the 2013 People’s Choice Award was given to Chicago Barbecue Co. See the full list of rib cookers here: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/About-The-Event/Cookers.html

2014’s winners will be announced on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the West End Stage at 2 p.m.

Rib Eating Competition

Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the 9th annual Nugget World Rib Eating Championship at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Main Stage area. The country’s best competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut will vie for $5,000 and the title of World Champion.  It’s estimated the top competitors will consume eight-plus pounds of meat during the 12-minute competition.

Entertainment

As always, the Nugget will welcome many talented musicians to be a big part of the celebration. Free headline concerts include: Lit on Wednesday, Eric Hutchinson on Thursday, Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue on Friday, Joe Diffie on Saturday, Jefferson Starship on Sunday and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Monday. All headline concerts will be at 7:00 p.m. except Monday, which will be at 3:00 p.m. In all, more than 40 bands will play on multiple stages throughout the six-day Victorian Square event.

Shuttle Service

Daily shuttle service from the Legends at Sparks Marina will run Wednesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  There is no shuttle service on Monday. The pickup location will be in the unpaved lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye’s, and the drop-off location is the Sparks RTC Centennial Plaza.

Kids’ Area

There will be a children’s area located on the west end of Victorian Plaza. Children will delight in an array of rides and activities including:  an obstacle course, bounce house, slide and mechanical swing. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.

New Cookers

New to the event this year are Hole In the Wall BBQ from Oregon and Yazoo’s BBQ from Mississippi. Four of the 23 rib cookers will be locate on Victorian Plaza near the movie theater. You will be able to find Desperado’s BBQ Rib Co., Yazoo’s BBQ, Butch’s “Smack Your Lips” BBQ and Hole In The Wall BBQ at this location.  Crafters and vendors will also be located at the East end of Victorian Avenue during the cook-off. See map: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/Maps-Directions/Event_Maps.html

Off-Road Racing Mecca of the West

JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park to host Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree July 14-19, 2014

A new kind of special event is coming to Northern Nevada this summer. In July, JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park will host 4-wheel and off-road racers from all over the Western Region at the first Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree, July 14-19, 2014.

Slide20Just imagine what can happen when a specialty off-road racing vehicle boasts a 6-foot vertical surface climbing ability, coupled with 500 horsepower and speeds well over 100 mph.

“With space for unlimited motorized recreational activities and hotel rooms to accommodate off-road racers and enthusiasts, Sparks is uniquely positioned to become the off-road and 4-wheel racing mecca of the West,” said Jeff Knoll, Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree Organizer.

A former producer of the popular King of the Hammers event in California, Knoll studied the area carefully before selecting Sparks to host the Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree. Participants will be provided with a host of recreational opportunities that highlight Northern Nevada. Fly fishing or floating the Truckee River, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, photography, UTV and 4WD trail riding are examples of the types of recreation available in the area. This event has nightlife, with OHV themed parties scheduled for most evenings in the Nugget Casino.

Photo Credit: Fatography

In addition to racing at the Wild West Motorsports Park, Northern Nevada is close to two of the West’s most famous off-road trails, The Rubicon and Fordyce Creek Trail. Both are located within an hour of Reno-Sparks.

Motorized recreation, coupled with Northern Nevada’s hospitality industry, make the Silver State 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree a unique opportunity to build an off-road event like no other.  Finally, an event the whole family can enjoy. Relax at the spa, have a drink poolside, take a Jeep or UTV trip, float the river, or just enjoy Nevada style gaming, this event offers the perfect summer vacation.

For more information, please visit www.janugget.com and www.silverstatejamboree.com.

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!

Rock crawl: ‘Reno Rocks’ (4×4 event) set for Father’s Day weekend

we-rock-for-shauna-rwb-twisty-300Terrible’s Sands Regency Casino Hotel is bringing extreme rock crawling to downtown Reno. The W.E. Rock Western US Rock Crawling Nationals will take place as part of Reno Rocks 4×4.com over Father’s Day weekend.

Two additional events scheduled for Reno Rocks 4×4.com will give amateur drivers the unique opportunity to test their skills on the manmade W.E. Rock course, the Surplus City Jeep Parts High Sierra Rock Crawling Championship and Northern Nevada 4×4 Club Challenge Crawl.

Other Reno Rocks 4×4.com highlights include a Wheelers for the Wounded Tour Stop, 4×4 Show & Shine and 4×4 Rough & Tough competitions, the Surplus City Jeep Parts Teeter Totter and Ramp Travel Index (RTI), a People’s Choice Team Tire Climb, Beauty and the 4×4 Beast Contest, New 4×4 Showcase, Military and Public Safety 4×4 Vehicle Displays, a Manufacturers Midway, a Friday night pool party with men’s and women’s swimsuit competitions, and free live music in the casino Friday and Saturday nights. For more information on any of the events taking place at Reno Rocks 4×4.com, visit www.RenoRocks4×4.com and follow the Forum links.

Spectator season passes for Reno Rocks are now available at www.sandsrenoevents.com. Participant registration packages are also available.

Special discounted room rates for Reno Rocks 4×4.com at the Sands Regency are $35 Sunday through Thursday, $60 Friday or Saturday (group code “ROCKS 09”) plus tax. For reservations or event ticket information, call the Sands Regency at 1-866 FUN STAY or e-mail renorocks@terriblescasinos.com.