Team of accountants wins Nevada-based adventure reality show
RENO (AP) – After competing around the state in a variety of events ranging from mountain biking to a rodeo, a two-person team of accountants has won the Nevada Passage adventure.
Linda Lindsay, 41, a bookkeeper from Petaluma, Calif., and Nate Simonson, 28, a credit analyst from Reno, were honored after the six-day competition ended Saturday with a jet ski race on the Colorado River.
The Nevada Commission on Tourism launched the syndicated television show a year ago to promote Nevada’s opportunities for outdoor recreation, from kayaking to mountain climbing.
The 10 teams that competed consisted of one man and one woman in like professions. The event is described as a combination of the “Amazing Race” and “Survivor.”
“We applaud their unfaltering spirit of adventure and thank them for making the Nevada Passage a huge success,” said Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, a former Las Vegas lounge singer who chairs the tourism commission.
Lindsay and Simonson won two different competitions – pumping handcars at the V&T Railway in Virginia City, and pedaling mountain bikes, then running on foot along trails near Austin.
Placing second overall was the developers’ team of Gina DeTolve, 37, of Valencia, Calif., and Ken Robins, 43, of Cutchogue, N.Y.
Finishing third was the firefighters’ team of Erin Price, 29, of Greensboro, N.C., and David Blondfield, 44, of Reno.
Price won the inaugural Nevada Passage along with Brian Rothell, 42, of Richmond, Va.
At least 2 million people saw the first one-hour television show produced by Honolulu-based TEAM Unlimited, which aired in about 100 markets.
Similar viewership is expected this year, with the show airing in eight of the nation’s top 10 media markets from August through February.
In Nevada, the show will air on KOLO-TV in Reno and KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.
“TV viewers can … see people enjoying action sports in parts of Nevada they probably never saw before,” said Bruce Bommarito, tourism commission director.
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