SOURCE: Nevada Commission on Tourism

May 14, 2007 19:25 ET

Winners Announced for Third Annual "Nevada Passage" Made-for-TV Adventure Competition; Viewing Starts in August

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RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 14, 2007 -- A team of accountants won the "Nevada Passage" made-for-TV adventure reality program for the second straight year: 2006 champion Linda Lindsay, 42, of Petaluma, Calif., and her new teammate, Tim Menoher, 36, of Erlanger, Ky., achieved the highest overall score for the five-day competition.

The Telly award-winning "Nevada Passage," conceived and sponsored by the Nevada Commission on Tourism, concluded Friday, May 11, after covering more than 1,000 miles as athletes engaged in a series of adventure sports and excursions in six outdoor destinations.

"We hope that the athletes enjoyed experiencing Nevada's great adventure opportunities, and that they will become brand ambassadors for the alluring venues and mind-blowing challenges to be found throughout the state," Commission Director Tim Maland said.

Events included a desert run in Valley of Fire State Park, a dune buggy competition at Amargosa Dunes, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, cycling on a dry lake bed outside the historic mining town of Tonopah and backcountry skiing at Reno's Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe ski resort. Two non-competitive excursions explored the famed ghost town of Rhyolite on cruiser bikes and the historic Kit Carson Trail through downtown Carson City, Nevada's capital, on rollerblades.

The "Nevada Passage" paired 20 athletes into 10 two-person coed teams, nine by profession and one "Wild Card" team: Phillip Glenn, 30, an emergency medical technician from Reno, and Lisa Bommer, 25, an athletic trainer from Chicago, who finished in second place.

The one-hour syndicated program, now in its third year, will air in more than 80 U.S. markets from August through February 2008. The 2007 "Nevada Passage" will be available for viewing early next year at www.nevadapassage.com, where the 2005 and 2006 "Nevada Passage" episodes are viewable and downloadable.

The physician team, Carolyn Colonna, 43, a doctor of Oriental medicine from Taos, N.M., and Peter Hanson, 41, a sports medicine physician from Minneapolis, placed third, and the engineer team, Lauren Kemp, 43, from San Diego, and John Madden, 30, from Mountain View, Calif., came in fourth. Rounding out the top five was the journalist team with Lisa Jhung, 34, and Brian Metzler, 38, both from Boulder, Colo.

The other five teams were:

Realtors:
Christina Burgos, 38, Realtor specializing in independent sales from
Houston, Texas
GL Brown, 63, Realtor specializing in residential real estate consulting
from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Pilots:
Ildiko Lengyel, 29, airline captain from Park City, Utah
Steve Cole, 51, airline captain from Olive Branch, Miss.

Programmers:
Jackie Ryan, 48, software engineer from Birmingham, Ala.
Frank Febbraro, 32, technology director from Fairfax, Va.

Attorneys:
Jennifer Huber, 38, litigation attorney from Washington, D.C.
Adam Chase, 41, tax attorney from Boulder, Colo.

Physical Therapists:
Heather McNamara, 45, physical therapist from Brighton, Mich.
Dave Ruby, 47, post-rehabilitation therapist from La Verne, Calif.

Team Unlimited, a Hawaii-based company, produces the "Nevada Passage" and the XTERRA America Tour off-road triathlon series, which includes the XTERRA USA Championship at Lake Tahoe. The company selects the athletes based on physical condition and outdoor experience.

Editors: To obtain high-resolution digital photos or b-roll footage in Beta SP format for 2007 "Nevada Passage" please contact Kerri Garcia at kerri.garcia@rrpartners.com or 775-323-1611. Or log onto www.nevadapassage.com.

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