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Inaugural Galena Fest: Reno’s Newest Outdoor Adventure and Sport Venue Exceeds Goals to Support Regional Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2009

Opening its inaugural mountain bike competitions, fishing contest and festival event by welcoming more than 500 riders and participants, Galena Fest 2009 established itself as Reno’s newest outdoor adventure and sport venue while raising more than $5000 to benefit Galena Creek Regional Park in Reno, NV.

With an initial entry field of roughly 50 riders, The Bloody Rose mountain bike climb to Relay Peak Summit garnered an additional 40 competitors on race day morning, all who were willing enough – or silly enough – to race over a course of 11.2 miles and 4700’ elevation climb to claim the bragging rights of first-ever, Bloody Rose overall winner. That award went to Kyle Dixon, the men’s winner, who finished in just 1:20:00, and Lynn Henderson, the women’s winner, who crossed the finish line at the Summit in 2:13:00.

Most competitors chose to descend along Mt. Rose Highway after crossing the finish line. The Bloody Rose challenged riders aged 15 to 50+, men and women, a tandem pair, an elite group of hardened riders and those simply reveling in the limelight; all enjoyed being part of the first of its kind mountain bike climb to be hosted in Reno.

The Thorn, a slightly simpler climb to the back Wall of Sky Tavern, followed The Bloody Rose course for the initial 5.7 miles along the base of Mt. Rose and along Slide Mountain. Those 15 finishers were greeted with unparalleled views of the Summits and plenty of cold water, aid and support.

More than 40 kids ages 4-13 competed in Park-side races including loops which took them over Galena Creek and through Bitterbrush Trail. When told about next year’s plans to add more single track for the ages 8-10 and 11-13 categories, riders confirmed their excitement for the 2010 races.

The Big Fish Contest, hosted at Marilyn’s Pond on the south side of the Park, put more than 70 fisher-people ages 4-11 after the 700 stocked and an additional 100 lbs of rainbow trout brought into the Pond for the Contest. To date, the 10 pounder, stocked by Galena Fest, has not been caught!

In seeking its goal to raise money to support the Park, Galena Fest 2009 donated 2 new bear box receptacles to the Park through corporate support and will donate approximately $3000 to keep the Park open, safe and clean and to ultimately re-establish outdoor programs at the Park.

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Galena Fest: Sunday, September 26, 2010.

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Galena High School Band to Play at Galena Fest

It’s just been confirmed that 65 member of the Galena High School Band will be performing at Galena Fest on September 27th. The band will be playing at the beginning of the Bloody Rose and Thorn climbs (from about 8-10 a.m.). There will also be a live rock band performing at 11 a.m. (more details to come).

Come out and support your local park in what is shaping up to be an incredible community-wide event. Hopefully the nice weather will last a couple more weeks!

Don’t forget to register for The Bloody Rose mountain bike climb.

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Mountain Bike Climbs, Bike Races for Kids, The Big Fish Contest for Kids and Outdoor Activities Offered During Inaugural Event to Benefit Galena Creek Regional Park

August 24, 2009 —Save the Date: the inaugural Galena Fest 2009 will take place Sunday, September 27, 2009, at Galena Creek Regional Park, Reno, NV; activities get underway at 8 am and include competitive mountain bike races for all ages, The Big Fish Contest for 4-11 year olds, and outdoor activities and fun for all ages. The festival will get underway around 11 AM and will feature live music, BBQ and food, a beer/beverage terrace and competition awards.

What’s sure to be the most talked about and anticipated element of Galena Fest, The Bloody Rose, a grueling, competitive climb starting at the Park and climbing more than 4700’ of vertical over 11 miles, will conclude at the top of Relay Peak, overlooking Lake Tahoe. The overall men’s and women’s finisher will take home a season pass to Mt. Rose Ski. The Bloody Rose starts at 9 AM. The Thorn, a shorter 5 mi. climb from the Park to The Wall at Sky Tavern, will challenge even the toughest. Category winners will enjoy lift tickets at Mt. Rose Ski. Start time is 9:30 AM. Both races are open to ages 14 and over. Early registrants will be timed and will compete for the prizes.

Kids races for those ages 5-13 will feature courses through the Park; helmets required and winners will enjoy hoodies donated by Mt. Rose Ski. Start times vary and begin at 10:30 AM. Registration is required.

Fishing buddies ages 4-11 can enter The Big Fish Contest at Marilyn’s Pond. Registration begins at 10 AM and the Contest runs 11 AM – 1 PM. Cabela’s has donated Rod & Reel sets for contest winners. Donations appreciated.

Outdoor activities abound for all: castle creations at the volleyball pit, apple art at Bear Mat picnic area, and a festival with live music, food vendors and beer/beverage terrace will take place at Eagle Meadow. The Festival is free and open to the public; proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will benefit the Park.

Online registration and more details:

Additional information and media at or 775-253-4560.

Directions: Galena Creek Regional Park – NORTH Entrance: 18350 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno, NV 89511.

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