After six years of hosting successful events that raised awareness about and funds to support outdoor recreation, Galena Fest will return Sunday, September 27, 2015. 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 7th annual event one of the best.
No celebration is complete without music and refreshments. Our beer garden featuring Reno favorites will be back along with a live bands, all under the shade of towering Jeffery Pines. A hit in previous years and back by popular demand, Art-in-the-Park will be present for entertainment during the event. This year’s Galena Fest will also include something for everyone, where participants can additionally choose from a Walk or a Kids’ Run.
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 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, get 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.
The Wicked Thorn – 7.25 mile Trail Run- *Run by Great Basin Institute
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.
Awards will also be given to the top three M/F for each age group.
The fastest M/F will be awarded the Grand Prize: a Season Pass to Mt. Rose Ski Resort.
2015 Schedule of Events
Sunday, September 27, 2015- Galena Creek Regional Park
7:30-8:00am Bloody Rose MTB Race Registration/Check-In
8:30am The Bloody Rose Competitive Mountain Bike Climb Start
8:00am-9:00am Wicked Thorn Trail Run, Walk, and Kid’s Run Registration/Check-In
9:30am The Wicked Thorn Trail Run Race Start
9:30am Wicked Thorn Train Walk Start
10:00am-2:00pm Race Day Festival with live music
10:30am-2:00pm Beer Served
11:00am Kid’s Run Start
12:00pm Wicked Thorn Trail Run Awards
12:30pm Bloody Rose MTB Race Awards and Special Thanks