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Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11th, and Reno is doing its part to celebrate our veterans and to have some fun!

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Idelwood Park will be hosting the Inaugural Veterans Day Run in Reno. The race will feature two options: a 5K run and a 1-mile walk/run for families and supporters. The 5K will begin at 4:11 p.m. with the 1-mile race beginning immediately after. The 5K will be professionally timed. Tickets are available on the Veterans Day Run website, and when purchasing your ticket you will be given the opportunity to make a donation to Operation Gratitude. This organization’s purpose is to “lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military.” Operation Gratitude sends over 100,000 care packages each year filled with snacks, entertainment, and letters of support to Veterans, new recruits, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers, and U.S. Service members deployed oversees. Making a small donation along with your race registration fee will be a huge help to this organization. After the race, all runners and walkers will receive a commemorative finishers pin, either a 5K finisher’s medal or a 1-mile finisher’s ribbon, a finisher’s certificate and finish-line refreshments. Participants also have the opportunity to purchase race T-shirts. Veterans and Active Duty Military Members will receive discounts on registration prices. For a schedule of race events, registration pricing, and more information check out the Veterans Day Race website.

The City of Reno will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on November 11. The parade will begin at the historic Virginia Street Bridge and will end at the Fifth Street intersection. The theme of the parade, following Nevada’s big birthday, is “150 Years of Liberty Through Service”. The Grand Marshall is Army veteran Major John Riggs, who graduated from Reno High School in 1964. There are 75 entries to the parade this year, including local veterans associations and high school bands. Mayor Bob Cashell is also scheduled to speak at the beginning of the parade. Come out to Virginia Street Bridge on Tuesday to support our Veterans!

The Colin Ross Senior Music Program will be presenting a concert on Veterans Day and offering a workshop on Tuesday evening at the Neil Road Recreation center (at 3925 Neil Road). Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the concert and workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is free for every Veteran (with a VA card) and a guest, and $5 for non-veteran participants. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by calling 334-2262.

Silver Legacy Resort and Casino is offering special discounts for Veterans on hotel rooms, meals, and drinks in honor of all servicemen and women. Weekend hotel package (available November 6-10 with a two night minimum) is priced at $39-$69 and includes a bottle of Ferrari-Carano’s Fume Blanc. Book online by using the promo code: VPKG. Active and retired military personnel and their families can stay at the Silver Legacy on November 10 and 11 for $39 using the code: Military. From November 7-11, Cafe Central, Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill, and Fresh Express Food Court will offer special Veterans Day meals. Active and retired Military members can enjoy 2-f0r-1 entrees at Cafe Central and Pearl Oyster Bar on November 11. All Silver Legacy Bars will offer two specialty drinks for $3. All offers will only be available to those with valid proof of military ID. Visit Silver Legacy Reno for more information and booking options.

Great Basin Brewery is offering a free pint of beer to all veterans today.

Wasting Arrows archery is letting veterans and active military shoot free all day.

2014 St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe

For some, it is a day to commemorate a man named Patrick who chased some snakes out of Ireland. For the rest of us, it is an excuse to party, and pay homage to the Irish and their many traditions. There are many locations in Reno Tahoe that will provide entertainment, Irish music, and of course, great Saint Patty’s libations. Here is a list of some of the venues that will keep you occupied from the ‘top of the morning’ until the wee hours of the night!

The Leprechaun Crawl- Downtown Reno

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Reno Leprechaun CrawlThe crawl is back again folks! Saturday, March 15, the leprechauns (and wannabe leprechauns) will be out and about. Only instead of pots of gold, these guys will have cups of liquid courage! Dress in green or risk getting yourself pinched by a lot of fellow crawlers. The crawl starts at 7:30PM.

Get your cups at one of these locations. You even can buy them online!

There will also be discounted room rates at the Silver Legacy and the Sands Regency during the weekend of the Leprechaun Crawl. Use the promo code LEPCRAW at the Silver Legacy and CRAWL14 at the Sands!

More info will come shortly, and we can’t hardly wait to tell everyone all about it! Time to paint the town GREEN!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Show your Irish spirit by running in the Sparks Shamrock Shuffle!  It will be a 5k fun run for runners of all levels, with a start and finish at Victorian Square. Wear your best Leprechaun outfit, paint yourself green, or just show off the “Irish” in you on a festive run through downtown Sparks.

Downtown Virginia City-Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Often Referred to as the “Testicle Festival!”

In March, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry & St. Patrick’s Day Parade features marching leprechauns, green attractions, and a Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry (yep—they are either beef or sheep testicles, or some of both.)
This is a fun filled day of unique eating as professional and amateur cooks compete for the most creative and unique dishes utilizing these unique delicacies.  More than 20 cooks compete in one of Northern Nevada’s most popular tasting contests serving up tasty testes all day, hoping for fame and glory as one of the best Rocky Mountain Oyster cooks in the West.
it’s a full-on Irish Testicle Festival with a Beer Garden, live Irish music, individual and team ball-eating contests and topped off with the Leprechaun Bar Crawl.   At 12:00noon, catch the Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on C Street, featuring the Minden Irish Dancers, our Giant Leprachaun’s of Fresno and more.

Leprechaun Race

The Leprechaun Race

Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:30AM

The day after you’ve stuffed yourself with delicious rocky mountain oysters, work off those calories at the Leprechaun Race through Wells Avenue and the Midtown District! There will be a very athletic leprechaun in the race. He will give participants a head start, but be warned. This little green guy will be tough to beat! A special prize will be given to whoever can place ahead of him.

Click here to register for the race. The entry fee is $15 for youth, and $30 for adults. Make sure you register by midnight on March 12!

Montbleu Lake Tahoe- St. Patrick’s Day Party with Young Dubliners

Monday, March 17, Starting at Noon

If you happen to be in the Tahoe area, you won’t want to miss the St. Patrick’s day party at the Montbleu. With $3 Guinness and $3 Jameson at the HQ and The Zone lounges, those with the blood of the Irish would approve of partying here.

Celtic rock band Young Dubliners will be performing at 10:00PM. Tickets are $30, with $1 drinks at the Blu nightclub!

Reno Irish Pubs

of course, what kind of St. Patrick’s day would it be if you didn’t visit a few Irish pubs? Here are a few that are having special St. Patrick’s Day events!

http://0.tqn.com/d/renotahoe/1/0/O/F/-/-/irishpubs-ceol2.jpgCeol Irish Pub- On Monday, March 17, which is actually St. Patrick’s day, Ceol is throwing their annual celebration! There will be live music on the outdoor patio from 3PM until 8, then the Blarney Band will be playing indoors.

Shea’s Tavern- They haven’t posted any events yet, but since this Irish pub is ALWAYS open, you can be sure they will be raging this St. Paddy’s day. Check out their Facebook for event updates.

O’Skis Pub & Grille- If you happen to be at the Victorian Square in Sparks, O’Skis will be worth checking out. Enjoy some authentic Irish food and beverages in this building constructed in 1908.

Silver Legacy- Miss Naughty Leprechaun Contest

Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:00PM

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It’s a simple dress up contest! Ladies can dress up for the chance to win $1,000!

For more details, and to register, click on the cute leprechaun girl.

Grand Sierra Resort-Sexy Redhead Contest

Friday, March 14, 2014 10:00PM

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If the Leprechaun dress up contest isn’t as appealing, try participating in the Sexy Redhead Contest at the Grand Sierra Resort, lass!

The Great Santa Dash 2013

Run before you Crawl and support the “claus”!

the-great-santa-dash-logoMax out on holiday cheer and participate in the Great Santa Dash the morning of the Reno Santa Pub Crawl! Sport a festive Christmas costume if you want to avoid Santa’s naughty list, plus all adult Santas (21+) will receive a FREE SANTA CRAWL CUP!

The start of the run is located in downtown Reno at Wingfield Park, December 14th, 2013 at 10am. Runners of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate.

Reindeer Charities will donate all of the proceeds from cups to local schools. In addition to giving to local schools, The Great Santa Dash will proudly support AIY Foundation which is the charitable portion of Athlete in You, LLC.  The AIY Foundation’s mission is to contribute athletic equipment, helps to restore physical education programs, and educate school children about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER

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!

Fun Runs and More in Reno Tahoe

Stretch out and carb up because June is packed with every type of competitive race you could hope for. From foam, mud, mountain bikes, stand up paddleboards and a kid’s dash, to a record setting water slide, you’ll find it all in Reno Tahoe USA.

5K Foam Fest

June 9, at Rancho San Rafael Park – 9:00 AM

One of the craziest races sweeping across the nation, the 5K Foam Fest takes fun runs to a whole new level. Trudge through mud pits, conquer gigantic inflatable obstacles, ascend towering cargo nets, and of course, frolic in tons of foam. From the experienced runner to the first-timer, everyone will finish the race with a smile – and a free beer!

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Run Amuck

June 16, Downtown Reno – 2:00 PM

Get down and dirty in downtown Reno for the 5th annual Run Amuck competition. Pull together a team, and tackle the 2.5 miles of pure madness; including, a 60-foot-long mud pit, and up to 10 additional obstacles throughout the course. Not wild enough? For the first time ever, the race will include a 175-foot-long, three story tall inflatable water slide. That’s the largest inflatable water slide in the world! So grab your teammates and get ready for one of the most popular runs in Reno Tahoe. And don’t forget the costumes as they are STRONGLY encouraged.

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Adventure Spots Week

Lake Tahoe

Experience what happens when sporting and community events collide for a thrilling ten days in Lake Tahoe. During the day, take on one of the many competitions; including, trail running, triathlon, mountain biking, swimming and stand up paddle boarding. And once the sun drops behind the Sierra Mountains, relax and enjoy live concerts, a wine walk and much more. Here are the competitions to look forward to:

June 15Lake Tahoe Mountain Bike Race

June 17 -  Burton Creek Trail Run, Tahoe Waterman Challenge (Paddleboard race), Thunderbird Run

June 23XTERRA Tahoe City, XTERRA Tahoe City Sprint, XTERRA Tahoe City Duathlon

June 24Run To Squaw

4295147315_324dd58154_zNorthstar Bike/ Hike Park Opening Day

June 15-17, Northstar California – 10:00 AM

Lace up your hiking boots or grab your helmet and get ready for an exciting season at the largest lift-served mountain biking and hiking park in the Reno Tahoe area. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just want to take in the spectacular views, the park offers something for everyone.

Dash for Dads

June 17, Sparks Marina – 7:00 AM

This Father’s Day, join the Builders Association Charity at the Spark Marina for the inaugural Dash for Dads and help raise awareness of prostate cancer. The day’s events include a 5K race, 2 mile walk and Kids Dash – all promoting healthy lifestyles for all ages with a special focus on dads.

For more information on runs, walks, bike rides and other summer adventures, visit our events calendar.

Reno-Tahoe active: Runners gear up for Odyssey

Reno-Tahoe OdysseyWith its high-altitude and moderate year-round climate, Reno-Tahoe attracts fitness freaks like moths to flame. Around just about every corner here there is a runner, a cyclist or a triathlete in training. And throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons, many local events draw even more fitness freaks to the Sierra…

The Reno-Tahoe Odyssey (June 6-7) offers runners an opportunity to team up with friends to conquer a 178-mile course that begins in Reno and winds around Lake Tahoe, before returning back to Reno. Along the way runners will experience the history of the Sierra Nevada, see some of the world’s most magnificent vistas and make new friends. Check the event Web site for more information on one of the region’s premier events.