TRPA wellness in high gear with Tough Mudder, Tahoe Marathon |

TRPA wellness in high gear with Tough Mudder, Tahoe Marathon

Courtesy Sarah UnderhillTRPA "Tough Mudders" are part of a TRPA fitness roll. Back row: Lief Larson, Julie Kolowith, Megan Sheeline and John Hitchcock. Front row: Jill Larson, Jeanne McNamara and Julie Regan. Not pictured: Bridget Cornell.

STATELINE, Nev. – The staff at TRPA have been on a roll of fitness-related activities during the last few weeks with participation in the Tough Mudder event, the Lake Tahoe Marathon, and other challenges.

“TRPA employees are active members of the Tahoe community and we’re happy to join our neighbors in events that push our fitness levels and help the local economy,” said Julie Regan, TRPA’s Chief of External Affairs. “Between the normal stresses associated with working at TRPA combined with the deadline to deliver an updated Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, we’ve ratcheted up our focus on exercise this year and we’ve found it’s made us more productive and healthier.”

A snapshot of TRPA’s recent fitness challenges

• A team of 10 TRPA staffers completed the Tough Mudder at Northstar on Sept. 22 representing nearly 15 percent of the Agency’s workforce including: Trey Griffin, John Hitchcock, Julie Kolowith, Jill Larson, Lief Larson, Bridget Cornell, Jeanne McNamara, Julie Regan, Megan Scheeline, and Judy Weber.

• Trey Griffin finished fourth in his age class (35 to 39-year-olds) in the Lake Tahoe Marathon on Sept. 30 having run 26.2 miles in 3 hours 41 minutes, winning 21st place overall.

• Karin Edwards took fifth place in the National Championships for Marathon Mountain Bike Racing in Bend, Ore. on Sept. 15.

• Gary Weigel and Patrick Dobbs summited Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet, on Sept. 22.

• Jill Rozier completed the Wicked Thorn, a 12K (7.25 mile) trail run in the Galena Forest near Mt. Rose on Sept. 30 with a time of 1:25:55.

The Agency just celebrated the one-year anniversary of its employee-built gym “the Underground” where staffers Jill and Lief Larson run CrossFit-style workouts during lunch for any staff members who want to participate. Employees purchased their own equipment and outfitted the Agency’s lower level warehouse space on weekends to transform it from empty storage to a functioning fitness environment. About a third of the Agency’s staff routinely workout in the Underground.

The idea to participate in the Tough Mudder as a team came from employee Lief Larson, owner of Carson City CrossFit with its motto Train for Life. “I thought it would give us something to train for and it did,” Larson said. “I was really proud of our teamwork and determination at the Mudder. It was a blast.”

“Keeping employees healthy is crucial for any organization to meet its goals and TRPA is no exception,” said TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta. “The culture of fitness we’re developing at TRPA is serving us well.”

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency cooperatively leads the effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region now and in the future. For additional information, call Kristi Boosman at 775-589-5230 or send an email to

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