They are the champions |

They are the champions

They eat their Wheaties and even recycle the box. They are champions in many forms and they’re leading the charge at this year’s third annual Truckee Day.

The role of the champion is important and multi-faceted. Each neighborhood leader must rally as many blue-bag wielding troops as statistically possible. Some trudge door-to-door uphill through the snow (there’s still some white slush lurking in Tahoe Donner), while others visit service clubs to spread the gospel and pocket leftover cookies. They pick up raffle tickets, open T-shirts boxes, and give their friends the easy stretches of road to clean up. Without their organized efforts, Truckee Day might cease to be.

“It takes a lot to get everything organized and all the ducks in a row,” said Tom Ballou, Sierra Meadows champion. “It doesn’t just come together at once but there’s a great pay-off at the end.”

More than 45 champions are on the volunteer rosters this year, some manning check-in stations, others are delivering supplies or working behind the scenes.

The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, the “Clampers,” has arranged a large group camp-over for Truckee Day and they’ll be splitting their group into two areas to clean both the cemetery and the so-called “double diamond donut of death” roundabouts.

Champion Mike Blide will be leading Truckee Trails Foundation volunteers to clean up trail heads. JD Hoss, of KTKE, will do a live broadcast on Truckee Day, and will serve as the champion for Armstrong Tract, and Tahoe Truckee High School freshman Samantha Marsh will be leading students from Truckee High in a campus-wide cleanup.

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