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13 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Reno River Festival

For the River Fest fanatics to potential first-timers, here are 13 reasons this year’s 2013 Reno River Festival is going to be extra splash-tacular!

  1. Copy of Jason CraigReno River Festival is celebrating their 10th anniversary at the Truckee River Whitewater Park
  2. The event is back to its original weekend to take advantage of spring runoff – big rapids are rolling through
  3. All of the events’ whitewater competitions are happening, pitting some of the world’s top kayakers against each other for top honors, and top prize money, in freestyle, slalom, boatercross and SUP events
  4. Daily yoga in the park
  5. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a fun day for all
  6. Weekend temps are predicted to be in the 80s
  7. Food, drink and top industry vendors will be selling their best in an outdoor expo
  8. Children’s play area – keep kids entertained while parents soak up some sun.
  9. A dozen outdoor adventure clinics lead by Cabela’s experts
  10. 7 FREE concerts
  11. Some of the world’s top kayakers will be competing; national and international champions such as Eric Jackson, Adam Chapel, Courtney Kerin and Nick Troutman, as well as local favorites including Sage Donnelly, Jessica Yurtinas, Jason Craig and Colin Kemp.
  12. Zip Line across the Truckee River
  13. One of the toughest fields in the festival’s history

SATURDAY

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Buster Blue
1 – 2:30 p.m. –  Whitney Myer
3 – 4:30 p.m. – Mark Sexton Band
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Keyser Soze

SUNDAY

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Oddly Enough
1:30 – 3 p.m. – GrooveSession
3:30 – 5 p.m. – Jelly Bread

Rink on the River 2012-2013 Season

Downtown Reno’s Rink on the River is scheduled to open Tuesday, November 20, through Sunday, February 3!

Whether you’ve mastered a triple axel, it’s your first time on ice, or you’re looking to spectate, the Rink on the River makes everyone giddy for the winter season.

Reno’s Holiday Tree Lighting marks the opening of Rink on the River

On Tuesday, November 20, at 4:30pm, the event begins with charming carolers. At 5:15, Mayor Bob Cashell will light the tree, declaring the rink open!

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The Rink is located at the corner of First and Virginia Street along the Truckee River.

Admission: $7.50 adults (ages 13-54)
$5.50 youth (ages 3-12)
$5.50 seniors (ages 55+)
Skate Rentals: $2.50 – Skates from kids size 7 to adult size 13 figure or size 15 hockey are available.
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Punch Passes:
Including Skate Rental: $85 for adults, $65 for youth & seniors
Without Skate Rental: $65 for adults, $45 for youth & seniors
Season Passes $140 adults, $100 youth & seniors.
Admission only; does not include skate rental.
Regular Open Skate Hours:

Monday                 10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday                 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday            10 am – 1 pm
Thursday                10 am – 1 pm
Friday                    10 am – 1 pm
Saturday
Sunday

*Rink will close at 6pm on Dec 2 and 9

6 – 10 pm
7:30 – 10 pm
6 - 10 pm
6 - 10 pm
6 – 11 pm
11 am – 11 pm
11 am - 9 pm

Tour de Nez: A bike race … with benefits

bikeracers300Reno Tahoe is gearing up for the Northstar-at-Tahoe Tour de Nez June 17-21, when one of the West’s premier cycling events comes to the Sierra Nevada with events in Reno, Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

This is bicycle racing at its finest – some of the best athletes in the sport working with and against each other in a race that is part endurance, part speed and part strategy, all against the backdrop of perfect summer weather and the Sierra Nevada range. But it’s not all about the racing: The Tour brings with it a festival atmosphere buzzing with the energy of fitness freaks and partiers – and everyone and everything in between.

So pack up the bike, make your way to Reno Tahoe and enjoy Nevada’s great outdoors.

From Fernando Leal, a Reno developer and supporter of the Tour de Nez:

As developer for The MONTAGE in downtown Reno, I understand the importance of a vital urban core. Cities thrive when there is a downtown from which civic pride and participation can grow and flourish; a core where resident and tourist participation is encouraged through active lifestyles in recreation, the arts, restaurants, entertainment and events.

The Tour de Nez combines two of my great passions – downtown Reno and cycling. A five-day cycling festival that includes recreational rides, world-class racing, cycling movies, parties and more … what’s not to love? I am honored that Montage Marketing Corporation is a proud sponsor of the Tour de Nez. The sponsorship is our way of demonstrating our appreciation and support to the event organizers for hosting a world-class event that we Renoites can be proud of.

tourdenezleal-300Special events like the Tour de Nez and Artown bring thousands of visitors to our area who stay in our hotels, dine at our great local restaurants, and help with a downtown culture we are all working hard to create. These events also leave visitors with a great impression of Reno so they serve as good public relations ambassadors for our city.  The Tour de Nez has been instrumental over the last 15 years in providing a sense of community for Reno residents. Reno residents benefit from a variety of wonderful events that provide great entertainment options nearly every weekend. These events have a huge impact on improving the quality of life in our great city. The least we can do as citizens is to support these wonderful amenities in order to ensure their long-term viability.

Race schedule:

June 17

  • Meet and greet with pro racers at Amendment 21
  • Screening of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”

June 18

  • Downtown Truckee criterium for professional men and women, masters and handcycles
  • Downtown Truckee races for clunkers, messengers and kids
  • Music and feast after races in downtown Truckee

June 19

  • Morning group ride with athletes
  • Downtown Reno Circuit Race for professional men and women, masters and handcycles
  • Downtown Truckee races for clunkers, messengers and kids
  • Reno Film Festival bicycle film “Breaking Away,” at Wingfield Park Amphitheater

June 20

  • Morning group ride with athletes
  • Village circuit race at the Village at Northstar at Tahoe for Pro men, women and masters, juniors and handcycles
  • Village races for clunkers, kids and messengers
  • Expo, music, demos, food, festival, and party, all in the Village at Northstar

June 21

  • LUX, The great Tour de Nez Century ride along the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe

Top 10 highlights for a Reno-Tahoe getaway

truckeeriverbodyboard300Reno-Tahoe is a family-friendly getaway, offering tons of fun for kids and adults alike. Add some of these Top 10 attractions to your travel itinerary:

  1. Catch a ballgame: Downtown Reno is home to a new ballpark and the Reno Aces, a Triple A team. The boys of summer are playing in Reno-Tahoe.
  2. Hit the slopes: Reno-Tahoe offers the largest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America — 18 within an hour drive of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  3. Shop till you drop: The shopping is great in Reno-Tahoe, including the new Legends at Sparks Marina in Sparks, Nev., which boasts more than 70 stores and restaurants, including Scheel’s, the World’s Largest All Sports Store at almost 300,000 square feet.
  4. A river runs through it: The Truckee River winds through downtown Reno and downtown Sparks, offering great opportunities for recreation and relaxation during the warm months. Whitewater enthusiasts can paddle to their heart’s content in the two whitewater parks.
  5. Nevada-style casino action: In Reno-Tahoe the action goes 24-7, with deluxe, modern resort casinos that offer fun gaming action without the Vegas crowds.
  6. The Jewel of the Sierra: Lake Tahoe is 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and downtown Reno — a great day trip whether it is summer or winter.
  7. The Comstock Lode: Step back to Wild West times in Virginia City. The preserved epicenter of the Comstock Lode features classic buildings, old saloons and a cast of characters that is always entertaining.
  8. V&T Railroad: Ride the rails of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Carson City, Nevada’s capitol. Working steam engines hearken back to the golden age of rail travel.
  9. Wine and dine: Reno-Tahoe is known for adventure and Nevada-style gaming, but hundreds of restaurants serving everything from casual to five-star fare also make it a great destination for culinary enthusiasts.
  10. Culture connection: Reno-Tahoe is home to 31 museums, including the Nevada Museum of Art, the National Automobile Museum and the Nevada State Museum – live Nevada’s rich culture.

Sierra mountaineering visionary honored for achievements

Local mountaineering legend Bela Vadasz was recently honored with an American Mountain Guides Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Vadasz, who owns Alpine Skills International training school in Truckee, Calif. with wife Mimi, is a pioneer in mountaineering and is responsible for creating standards for the mountaineering community both in the U.S. and abroad.

Craig Dostie writes about the achievement for Wildsnow.com.

Get ready for Kayak season!

Though there are some hart core paddlers who get out in the at night in the dead of winter storms, the good stuff is coming this spring. The above average snow pack and full reservoirs up-stream are going to make for an awesome Kayaking season. Maybe this will be the year I finally get into it.

This video from X-Terra Planet should get your blood moving as the days get longer and and the snow starts melting…

-MTB