INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Umpqua Bank has stepped forward for the second year as the chief supporter and sponsor of the 29th annual iCANtahoe 2012 Summer Series, which begins Sept. 1 at Incline High School.
“I love what iCAN stands for,” explains Cory Swank, Umpqua’s Incline Village store manager, “and we are in full support of free after-school activities for local youth. The fact that this year’s iCANrun has become a 4-event series with a different event featured on each Saturday in September makes it a fun and challenging event experience.”
Umpqua Bank’s participation provides the financial support which covers the costs for all T-shirts, fliers, posters, marketing, PR and professional timing. Incline After-School Organization, the nonprofit that organizes iCAN events, provides more than 20,000 student hours annually of free after-school activities for more than 700 local students.
With parental permission, any local student can participate in a broad variety of activities, including homework club, knitting club, running club, cross-country mountain bike team, fall-downhill mountain bike team, indoor soccer and much more. Rather than TV and video games, these activities represent better choices for kids.
The 29th iCANtahoe 2012 Summer Series will commence on Saturday, Sept. 1, (Labor Day weekend) at Incline High School with the iCANrun event. More than 10,000 runners and walkers have enjoyed the longest running recreational community event at Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, and it continues to support Incline’s effort to provide free after and before school activities for all youth. This 5K and 10K run and walk covers a scenic route with excellent elevation changes that reveal spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.
The course starts and finishes on the Incline High School track in front of bleachers filled with cheering spectators, taking participants by Lake Tahoe’s famous Championship Golf Course, and Incline Elementary School. For those who are training for marathons at elevation, there is a timed 20K run. Now a tradition, this event also includes a “kid’s race,” which is one lap around the High School track. The 5K and 10K will be timed with the latest “chip timing” equipment by AD Sports.
Hosted by the Hyatt Regency Pier, the iCANpaddle event on Sept. 8 features advanced paddlers bearing south toward Hidden Beach and beginner paddlers heading west to Burnt Cedar Beach and back. As is a tradition with iCANtahoe events, there will also be a kid’s race from the Hyatt Pier to Incline Beach and back.
Lake Tahoe visitors and locals pride themselves on being athletic and competitive in multiple sports. For this reason, iCANtahoe is pleased to offer the favorite multi-sport race, iCANtri on Sept. 15. Participants in this event will swim at Lake Tahoe’s edge, road bike along Lakeshore Boulevard and tour-de-Incline, climbing to an altitude of more than 8,000 feet. Participants will finish with a 5K or 10K run, both on road and trail which concludes at Umpqua Bank off Highway 28.
The final feat of the iCANtahoe 2012 Summer Series has been long anticipated and promises to be remembered for years to come. Umpqua Bank will host the iCANdownhill, and at its conclusion, will award the first official World Record for Incline’s own, world-renown, technical Chinese Downhill on September 22.
Participants in this event will enjoy a natural terrain park that will thrill the trained eyed rider who willingly leaves the ground for several seconds, catching air off a slanted rock, fallen log or the side of a boulder.
Volunteers are always needed, too. Please contact Jennifer Hunn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help at the event in some small way with registration or handing out T-shirts, or helping keep our athletes hydrated.
For further information, contact Chris Laramore at Incline After-School Organization at 775-745-6484.