Ironman Foundation awards grant to Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team |

Ironman Foundation awards grant to Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team

Tribune staff report

Though last month’s Lake Tahoe Ironman races were cancelled due to smoke from forest fires in the region, the organization was still able to lend a hand to the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. The Ironman Foundation chose the backcountry ski team for a 2014 Ironman Community Fund Grant, announced last Wednesday, Sept. 24.

“We strive to leave a lasting legacy in Ironman race communities by giving back to organizations that make an impact locally through our grant funding process,” said Ironman Foundation community relations manager Betsy Langan. “The Ironman Foundation received applications from a range of outstanding nonprofit organizations, and we are thrilled to be able to provide support for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team that volunteers in a time of need and makes a difference in and around the Lake Tahoe community.”

“It’s through generous donations such as The Ironman Foundation Grant that TNSAR (Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue) can continue to serve the Lake Tahoe region and beyond when people get lost or injured in the backcountry,” added Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue president Chris McConnell.

Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team was conceived in 1976 as a response to the death of a boy lost off the backside of Northstar-At-Tahoe ski area during a blizzard. At that time, there was no organized backcountry ski team to help search for the boy. Desperate phone calls to some local Nordic skiers produced a search party that eventually located the child, but only after it was too late.

Thirty-nine years later, the all-volunteer nonprofit team has rescued more than 500 individuals and responded to more than 300 calls for help. Based in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, the team has matured considerably after these many years but the goals remain the same: conducting fast, safe rescues and educating the public on winter safety.

“Our primary mission…is aided significantly by The Ironman Community Fund Grant,” McConnell said. “TNSAR owes Ironman huge thank you for their financial support and recognition of the team’s work.”

For more information on the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, visit

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