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Paralympian to speak at Tahoe Rim Trail event

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The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is expanding its annual meeting to a two-day, weekend event on Sept. 22 to 23 with guided hikes, outdoor educational sessions and a celebration dinner at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe with keynote speaker and paralympian Mark Wellman.

The weekend of events kicks off Saturday with five different free, guided hikes along the Tahoe Rim Trail, including a hike to the Galena Waterfall and an interpretive loop hike.

On Sunday, the association will host a number of educational sessions, including the latest outdoor gear, health and hiking, mountain biking on the Tahoe Rim Trail and more.

These sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-profit Center, 948 Incline Way.

The annual meeting will follow the education sessions at 3:30 p.m.and will include the State of the Tahoe Rim Trail presentation given by TRTA President Steve Andersen and TRTA staff.

The events conclude with a celebration dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.

The celebration dinner will host a silent auction, presentation of the prestigious TRTA Hiker Award, slideshow presentation by photographer Mark Vollmer, as well as a keynote presentation by Mark Wellman.

Mark Wellman is a nationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and motivational speaker. Despite being paralyzed in a mountain climbing accident, Wellman has inspired millions to meet their problems head-on and reach for their full potential.

A two-time Paralympian and former Yosemite park ranger, Wellman’s “no limits” philosophy encourages individuals to adventure into new horizons; to go beyond the seeming unreachable.

The cost for the celebration dinner, education sessions and annual meeting is $50. The cost for the sessions only is $15. Anyone interested in the outdoors, recreation, and the Tahoe Rim Trail and Association are invited to attend.

For more information or to register, visit or call (775) 298-0232.

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