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Tahoe bike relay benefits environment scholarship

Erin Roth
Tribune News Service

What started out as a challenge between co-workers at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has turned into the agency’s first environmental scholarship program.

The TRPA, in conjunction with the Soroptimist women’s service club, is raising money through a bicycle relay race for three scholarships to be distributed to two area high schools and a college.

“We wanted to offer the community a benefit and connect our mission by sponsoring students pursuing studies in the environmental arena,” TRPA communications director Julie Regan said. “It’s great for the community and it gives us a chance to give back.”

The Legal Lake Lapper Challenge 2004, which takes place at 9 a.m. Friday, May 21, has raised $4,500 since its inception two weeks ago.

“We’re surprised and excited this has come together so quickly,” Regan said. “It was a spur-of the moment idea which started out as an internal rivalry contest, and it has grown into a much bigger concept.”

TRPA legal counsel John Marshall challenged staff members Matthew Graham, Paul Nielsen, Steve Chilton and John Hitchcock to a 19-mile-segment bike relay race starting and ending at Zephyr Cove.

Two thousand dollars per environmental scholarship will be presented to students at Whittell High School in Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe High School, and the remaining money will go to Lake Tahoe Community College, Regan said.

“We hope to grow this into an annual event that’s bigger and offers more scholarship opportunities,” she said. “Next year we hope to expand to Sierra Nevada College and other schools.”

Call (775) 588-4547 ext. 237.

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