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Take the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Do wildflowers and snow-capped mountain peaks leave you breathless? Do you love incredible Lake Tahoe vistas? Does a day on the trail sound divine? Then step up to Tahoe’s next big adventure: The inaugural Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge benefitting all participants and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.

“The Trail Challenge is a program for current and new Tahoe Rim Trail Association members. It is a fun way to experience select portions of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail while supporting the TRTA,” said Mary Bennington, TRTA’s executive director.

How it works

“Once you register, the adventure begins! The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is a family-friendly and healthy way to create lasting memories while having fun hiking, biking or horseback riding this summer,” TRTA’s vice president of trail use Kristine Mitchell said.

TRTA has selected six premier destinations on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Participants register for the Trail Challenge online at tahoerimtrail.org and strive to experience all six destinations by the end of 2013. Participants hike, ride horseback, mountain bike, snowshoe, ski or use a combination of methods with friends, family members or on their own to complete the challenge. All participants will receive an inaugural Trail Challenge T-shirt and access to everything related to the program, including exclusive admission to the members-only website where people will track achievements, share pictures as well as access GPS waypoints for the six destinations.

The program cost is $55, which includes all of the benefits of the Trail Challenge plus an individual annual TRTA membership. Current TRTA members can register for just $20.

“The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge allows participants to get out and experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe and offers a great way to connect with people you care about and make new friends,” added Mitchell. “We are especially thankful for this year’s inaugural sponsors — NV Energy, REI and Spin Games.”

Check out the official Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge kick-off National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Van Sickle Bi-State Park in Stateline, Nev. for official kick-off, to include a photo opportunity with trail mascot McCleod, registration station, Tahoe Rim Trail challenge T-shirt pick up, a chance to receive your first Challenge trail map, and a day of hiking.

Visit tahoerimtrail.org or call 775-298-0012 for more information.

To date, Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge media sponsors include 101.5 (truckeetahoeradio.com) and The Weekly (tahoethisweek.com).

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