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Galena Fest benefits outdoor education, trails through run and ride festival

By David Gentry
Do you need a reason to get fit? Do you require an invitation to go to a local park? Or do you want to support outdoor youth education and new trails? On September 27, the seventh annual Galena Fest offers all of the above.

For those of us who love to celebrate the great outdoors, there is a lot to be excited about. This yearís event will once again host the infamously challenging, signature, uphill mountain bike race The Bloody Rose.

The 12.2 mile course can be done as a two-person relay, a good idea for those struggling with elevation and several portions steeper than 15 percent. A mix of single track, fire roads, and sections of pavement greets knobby tires willing to fight for traction. Those who make the 4,000-foot ascent to the 10,128 ft. summit will be treated to amazing views of Lake Tahoe and Washoe Valley and bragging rights for completing the challenge.

If you prefer a pair of trail running shoes over sitting on stiff saddles, the Wicked Thorn 7.25 trail run might be the better way to test endurance and spirit. Organized by the Great Basin Institute, the run takes advantage of the most scenic trails in Galena Forest. The Wicked Thorn welcomes runners of all calibers and promises to be both, challenging and rewarding.

The first woman and man in both the Bloody Rose and the Thorn will get season passes to Mt. Rose Ski Area.

Cyclocross is returning to Galena Fest after a successful debut past year. Fun for participants and spectators alike, the event is hosted on a short course loaded with obstacles. Participants can use their Cyclocross or mountain bikes to race to the front of the pack.

Whether youíre down for an athletic challenge or just want to cheer on participants while enjoying friends, family, food and beverages, all are welcome. Younger visitors can enjoy Art in the Park with creative stations for individual selfexpression.

For more information, visit and while there, strongly consider registering for one of the events. Itís a great way to stay motivated for training during this last part of summer. And donít forget, the heart of Galena Fest is raising funds for outdoor youth education, Camp WeChMe, trail construction and maintenance.

Thanks again to returning sponsors as well as our new additions, such as FOX and Carson Tahoe Hospital, for making the event a success. Your contributions are doing so much for outdoor youth education and promoting new trails.

This yearís event will be held on Saturday, not Sunday as in years past, so mark your calendars accordingly. If you would like be a part of sponsoring the event, please contact

Letter From the Publisher

Galena Fest marks the start of my favorite season. Come check out the athletic and social events. Once you get involved as participant or spectator, youíll see for yourself why supporting our local parks and youth programs is so important to us.

All the same events will be returning and more prizes will be given out than ever before. In both races, the Bloody Rose mountain bike hill climb and the Wicked Thorn trail run, male and female winners will take home seasonís passes to Mt. Rose Ski Area.

For the seventh time, I look forward to taking on the challenge of The Bloody Rose. A new relay team event will be available this year. If you have a buddy to team up with, why not give it a go. The first team rider will ride from the start at Galena Park up to the Atoma building across from Mt Rose Ski area. The second team rider will ride from there to the top of Relay Peak.

Bring out the kids for Art in the Park or the Cyclocross racing. I saw a lot of smiling kids faces last year and Iíd like to see even more of them this time around.

The festival would not be possible without all the fantastic sponsors and volunteers. Many of the people and companies have been with us from the start seven years ago (see page 3 for sponsors and volunteers). We have a solid foundation to continue the festival for many years to come and plan to support our community to the best of our ability into the future.

See you all on September 27,

Richard Keillor

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