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August 16, 2012
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iCANtahoe 2012 Summer Series kicks off Sept. 1

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — CAN you paddle board? CAN you run? CAN you walk? CAN you mountain bike? CAN you swim? CAN you road bike? If you say “YES” to any or all of these activities, then September 2012 at Incline Village may have just what you need for fun and fitness with the iCANtahoe 2012 Summer Series.

Starting Sept. 1, and for the next three consecutive Saturdays, the event series ends with the official awarding of Chinese Downhill World Record on Sept. 22.

The 29th iCANtahoe 2012 Summer Series will being 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.

On Sept. 8, the iCANpaddle event, hosted by the Hyatt Regency Pier, 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 around this beautiful piece of Lake Tahoe, 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 — this year’s major event sponsor — on Tahoe Boulevard.

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 Sept. 22. Participants will enjoy the 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.

“iCAN has more than one meaning to those who call Incline Village home,” said Chris Laramore, director of Incline After School Organization. “It means Incline Community Action Network and it came to be 29 years ago when a group of caring parents and community leaders realized what was happening to American youth.

“This initial group of compassionate individuals decided to take an active role to ensure that all Incline Village’s youth had better choices to make then TV, drugs and video games. Because of this founding group, and the concerned followers who continue to care, this generation’s iCAN shepherds still make a difference by providing free after-school activities for all Lake Tahoe youth.”

The public is invited to participate in any or all of the iCANtahoe Summer Series. Registration forms are available by visiting www.iCANtahoe.com or www.Active.com.

For further information, contact Laramore at 775-745-6484.

“As the logo changed over the years, the CAN became a symbolic word for action, courage, commitment and availability. When we come together as a community, the ‘i’ CAN be small, but it still makes a difference when the attitude is — that ‘i’ CAN do anything,” Laramore said. “As a community, a small effort made by many CAN make a difference in the lives of all. One giant supporter of the iCANtahoe effort, and this year’s iCANtahoe 2012 Summer Series would not what it promises without the generous sponsorship of the World’s Friendliest Bank, Umpqua Bank.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 16, 2012 12:23PM Published Aug 16, 2012 12:22PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.