After eight years of events that have raised awareness about and funds to support outdoor recreation, Galena Fest will return Sunday, September 24, 2017! This year’s combination of festival activities, the return of the area’s toughest mountain bike challenge, and a beautiful trail run will make our 9th annual event the best we’ve had yet. This year’s Galena Fest will include something for everyone, whether it’s a grueling bike climb, trail race, the Wicked Thorn Walk, or a Kids’ Run.
No celebration is complete without music and refreshments. Our beer garden featuring Reno favorites will be back, all to be enjoyed under the shade of towering Jeffery Pines. Our expanded music festival will include talented local acts throughout the entire day’s events and will feature music for everyone to enjoy. A hit in previous years and back by popular demand, our Kids Expo and Art-in-the-Park events will be present for even more entertainment during the event. Bring your kids for some crafty family fun!
The Bloody Rose – Mountain Bike Climb
The aptly named Bloody Rose mountain bike race challenges the endurance and spirit of its’ participants. The 12.2 mile course throws in several sections steeper than 15 percent, mixing in single track, fire roads, and sections of Mt. Rose Hwy pavement. The first true test for riders is a 15 percent grade aptly named “The Wall of Death”, where knobby tires fight for traction on the sandy surface. Continuing up the mountain, survivors will pass over the highest year-round road in the Sierra, soak in a brief downhill respite, then commence a death march up NFD 051. The next four miles are as much about survival as they are about speed. Riders will curse the small downhill when they make the final hairpin for the last quarter mile climb. When “Funeral Hill” ramps up to 16 percent, riders have to dodge softball-sized rocks and sear their lungs at almost two miles above sea level. Many will be getting off to walk. Those that make the 4000 ft 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. Finally, the 2017 Bloody Rose Climb will feature the Galena Fest original course for the very last time. The new permitted course will feature even more difficult trails near Tamarack Peak. Be sure to check out our race results page and prepare to set lasting course records!
Bloody Rose Prizes: Grand prize of $1000 for the fastest overall male and female finishers!
The Wicked Thorn – 7.25 mile Trail Run
Taking advantage of the most scenic trails in the Galena forest, “The Wicked Thorn” trail run accommodates runners of all calibers. Participants will find the entire 7.25 miles challenging and rewarding. This scenic course begins at Galena Park and loops through the forest along Jones / White Creek trail, ultimately finishing in the center of the festival, where live music, cheering fans, refreshments, and the chance for prizes await. The one-of-a-kind run boasts over seven miles of trails with various conditions: ranging from stream-side forest passageways to inclined slopes cresting scenic ridges. This will challenge even the most seasoned trail athlete!
Wicked Thorn Prizes: Grand prizes for top finishers!
For the first time, Galena Fest will be offering athletes the option to compete as a team in either the Bloody Rose Mountain Bike Climb OR The Wicked Thorn Trail Run! Teams of competitors have the option to register together and compete for the fastest average team time. Teams can consist of any group: running clubs, cycling groups, coworkers, families, friends, you name it!
The Wicked Thorn Trail Walk – 3 miles
Wind about three miles through the beautiful forest trails for pledges by businesses, family and friends, or with a company or family team. Environmental points of interest along the way will be marked, and participants will experience breathtakingly beautiful views along the way.
The Wicked Thorn Kids’ Run – 1 mile
Let your kids experience their own festival excitement by dashing through the Kids’ Run course. The marked trail winds about a mile through the park, and provides a great space for children to experience the great outdoors in a vibrant environment. Festivities also include a Kids’ Expo, full of themed, exciting children’s activities.
Stay Tuned for 2018 Registration!