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Tahoe Rim Trail challenge off to strong start

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Stateline, Nev. – The second annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge continues to build momentum as more than 350 hikers, bikers and equestrians and five large Reno-Tahoe based corporations engage their employees in the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. The program, now in its second year, has inspired both novice and seasoned trail users from the Reno-Tahoe and Sacramento-Bay areas to begin tackling small sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail through six day hikes along the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. Participants socialize by sharing their on-the-trail experiences, trail stories, pictures and by blogging on the interactive, Tahoe Rim Trail Community; an online social media platform which is part of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association's website.

Reno-Tahoe based companies are also engaging their employees in the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. Companies including NV Energy, Wells Fargo, Desert Research Institute, Hometown Health and REI have incorporated the challenge into their corporation's workplace wellness programs. The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is a natural fit for corporations looking for fun and adventurous opportunities for their employees, which promote healthy life choices and offers manageable and fun fitness activities.

The TRTA is also announcing six upcoming Where's McLeod? Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge Giveaway Days as fun and interactive opportunities for trail challenge participants to complete their six challenge hikes this summer. Two of the six will be happening this July. The TRTA staff, board and sponsors will be staged at various trailheads as part of the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge to cheer on participants as they reach their challenge goals. Trail challengers who come out for the day are encouraged to search for trail mascot, McLeod the Marmot, who will be on the trail ready to greet participants at a special vista. Upon discovery, participants will receive a free giveaway from our various sponsors. Trail Challenge members are welcome to join the TRTA from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for each giveaway day and can learn more about these events at http://www.tahoerimtrail.org or by visiting the TRTA Facebook Page. "Where's McLeod? Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge Giveaway Days" and locations scheduled for 2014 include:

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On Saturday, local favorite Squeeze In will be sponsoring the next Where's McLeod? Giveaway Day and will be giving away free gift certificates good for use at one of their various locations in the Reno-Tahoe area. On July 19, long-term partner Tahoe Mountain Sports will be sponsoring the giveaway at Mt. Rose Trailhead. Dave Polivy will be on site with local representatives from hiking shoe suppliers: Solomon, Merrell and Scarpa with free shoe demos for trail challengers and the general public.

There's still time to join the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. Participants have until Dec. 31 to complete all six of the trail challenge site locations. Upon registration, trail challenge members will receive direct access to downloadable maps and hike descriptions, as well as a one-year membership to the TRTA. Members will also receive a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge tech T-shirt to help spread awareness about the Tahoe Rim Trail and the program.

Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge membership is $55 for individuals and $85 for families. Team rates are also available. Existing TRTA members can enroll for just $20. To begin the challenge and to register, visit: http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.

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