Salt Lake City, Utah—February 23, 2015—Tread Lightly!, the national nonprofit and leading organization supporting outdoor recreation, has launched the www.JoinTreadLightly.org URL to encourage increased membership in support of its 25th anniversary this year.
JoinTreadLightly.org is a direct link to the organization’s new member page where individuals can sign up for a range of memberships from $25 to $250 per year. Ninety percent of funds that Tread Lightly! raises go directly to supporting its mission of promoting responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship initiatives.
“Tread Lightly!’s work impacts both land and water and is representative of nearly every form of outdoor recreation,” said Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly!’s executive director. “Growing our member base is a priority that will help Tread Lightly! continue to expand our reach and do more good for the recreational activities that we all enjoy.”
Highlights of how Tread Lightly! leveraged membership and corporate partner donations in 2014 include:
· Tread Lightly! delivered its educational and stewardship message to 40 million outdoor recreationists across the country.
· Tread Trainers dedicated more than 370 volunteer hours spreading Tread Lightly!’s outdoor ethic to an international community of outdoor enthusiasts.
· Tread Lightly!’s Respected Access is Open Access campaign garnered more than 20 million impressions through mass distribution of educational posters and outdoor PSAs.
· Tread Lightly!’s statewide partnership programs – RIDE ON Utah and RIDE ON Wyoming – reached more than 10 million people.
· Tread Lightly! coordinated five Restoration for Recreation volunteer projects that helped directly protect access to public lands.
Tread Lightly!’s ability to span multiple recreation categories – from off-highway vehicles (OHV) to hunting, horseback riding to geocaching – has made it likely the only nonprofit that has an MOU with every federal and state agency in the U.S.
“Tread Lightly! has done great work, and we have even more exciting programs planned for 2015 – we encourage everyone who enjoys our great outdoors to get involved,” McCullough said.
Tread Lightly! members receive various benefits including discounts from partner companies like Falken Tire, Discount Tire, Goal Zero, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, SRT and FIAT. Membership levels and online registration are at www.JoinTreadLightly.org.
About Tread Lightly!
Tread Lightly! is celebrating its 25thanniversary as a national nonprofit organization in October 2015. Founded in 1990 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, Tread Lightly! promotes responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.
Tread Lightly! has more than 60 official partners from various industries and is likely the nation’s only non-profit holding MOUs with every federal and state agency in the U.S. Tread Lightly!’s diverse member base enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including hunting, angling, camping, boating, biking, four-wheeling and much more. Become a Tread Lightly! partner or member today and start supporting access, education and stewardship at www.treadlightly.org.
The first annual UTV World Championships held in Laughlin, Nevada is now officially in the history books. The event took place February 20th and 21st presented by Polaris RZR, in conjunction with Mad Media, UTV Underground and sanctioned by the Best in the Desert Racing Association. Driver Jacob Shaw, 20 years old from Lakeside, California won the huge event with his Polaris RZR in the Production 1000 class. Jacob has been racing UTV’s for years and started in dirt bikes when he was very young. With the support of Jacob’s parents, Jim and Gina Shaw, and with his passion to be one of the top UTV racers in the country, it is now official. Jacob Shaw is the undisputed 2015 UTV World Champion!
Jacob Shaw drew the 3rd starting position for the event. He entered knowing he would be racing some of the biggest names in the industry like RJ Anderson, Mitch Guthrie Jr, Ryan Piplic, Cody Rahders, and Beau Baron, which are some of the most talented drivers in the industry. The race was ten laps long on a six mile course that proved to be grueling, dusty and fast with 62 competitors in class. Jacob had his share of troubles at the start of the event with his Racecar going into limp mode right off the start line. Shaw dropped to the back of the first row of 15 cars exiting turn one, having to stop for 5 seconds and restart his Polaris RZR to reset the computer. Once the engine re-fired, he was on a mission, able to work his way up through the field. On Lap 2 of the race, the front differential failed forcing Shaw to run in two-wheel drive for the remainder of the event. Despite the problems, Jacob was able to persevere and pull out the win.
At the awards ceremony located at the Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, Shaw accepted his 1st place trophy in the Production 1000 class, the Fastest Lap award and a brand new 2015 Polaris RZR XP1000. Continuing to prove his loyalty to his sponsors, Jacob thanked GMZ Race Products for the support with his Wheels and Tires, Magnum Offroad for the build and preparation of the Racecar and Muzzy’s Performance Exhaust. Jacob Shaw has been sponsored by GMZ Race Products since its inception, and has been an integral part of the research and development for the GMZ Wheel and Tire line of products.
In the desert race, Polaris Factory Racer Branden Sims, in his Lonestar Racing No. 1913 RZR XP 1000, would take the lead on the first lap and never look back in the Walker Evans Desert Championship to win the grand prize package which included a brand new Polaris RZR XP 1000. RZRs would take the top 11 spots in the race once again showing the dominance of the vehicle in racing.
In the Production Class, Jacob Shaw in his Magnum Off-Road Polaris RZR XP 1000 would take the win in the Holz Racing Products Production Championship and also take home a new Polaris RZR XP 1000. Polaris Factory Racer Beau Baron would hit the podium in third with the top 11 finishers in RZR vehicles.
The race also offered a Production RZR170 race which saw a dozen vehicles line up. Seth Quintero in his Magnum Off-Road RZR 170 would take the checkered flag and is one to watch in the future.
Branden Sims is sponsored by Polaris, Lonestar Racing, Fox, Itp tires, Method Race Wheels, Queen Racing, Factory UTV, KC HiLites, Rugged Radios, Northern Arizona Auto & Off Road, UTV Underground.
Beau Baron is sponsored by Polaris, Maxxis/H&M Motorsports, Holz, Sparks, Walker Evans Racing, Tire Blocks, ATVRiders, ProMotorsports, Shoei, Eks Brand Goggles.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2014 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory® and Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot® brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin®, Cycle Country® and Pro Armor® brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
Branden Sims (right) gives a thumbs up on the podium after he and co-pilot Justin Krause won the UTV Pro class at the BITD UTV World Championship in Laughlin, Nev. (image courtesy of event promoter)
The No. 1913 Lonestar Polaris, driven by Branden Sims, took the Walker Evans Racing Pro UTV class victory at the inaugural BITD UTV World Championship held in Laughlin, Nev. The team ran 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires. (Image courtesy of event promoter)
With roughly 50 competitors battling for supremacy and a wild "land-rush" start, the start of the Pro UTV race was as dusty as it was impressive. The race to the first turn was one of the most important portions of the race, but with a course loop that measured roughly 17 miles in length through rocks, ruts, washes and more, racers had to raise their game if they wanted to compete for a podium.
ITP-backed Branden Sims did just that as he finished lap one as the official leader. He went on to complete nine more circuits around the UTV Worlds course on his way to capturing a convincing victory. Sims, along with co-pilot Justin Krause, both of Prescott, Ariz., piloted the No. 1913 Polaris, equipped with 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires to a finishing time of 3:09:07.503, which was nearly five minutes in front of the runner-up.
Christina Perkins drove her No. 1946 Cognitio / Sparks / Fox / Rigid Industries Polaris to second overall in the Nevada desert using ITP UltraCross R Spec tires. (photo courtesy of event promoter)
John Angal, the 2014 Baja Class 19 Champion, battled up front all day long, but came up roughly 40 seconds shy of the podium. Angal, and co-driver Eric Ringler, completed 10 laps in 3:16:44.222 in the UTVINC.com Polaris outfitted with UltraCross tires. Brian Bush, who finished only six second behind Angal, was the final ITP team racer to earn a top-five finish in the Walker Evans Racing Pro UTV class standings.
Paul Cooper drove the No. 1906 Cognito / Sparks / Baja Designs XP1000 to an impressive third-place podium finish in the Pro class using ITP UltraCross R Spec tires. (photo courtesy of event promoter)
Team ITP had two more of its supported drivers finish in the Pro class top 10. Justin Lambert and co-driver Justin Sheakley tallied a ninth-place finish in the No. 1918 Cognito / Polaris. Lonestar Racing's Dan Fisher and Morgan Russell finished 10th in their custom Polaris complete with ITP UltraCross R Spec tires.
The UTV World Championship event also offered an UTV Unlimited class, as well as classes for Sportsman and youth drivers. ITP was represented in two of those classes. Team racers tallied two additional podium finishes to give ITP a total of five on the weekend in Laughlin.
Lacrecia Beurrier (right center) and her team pose with the No. 2909 DragonFire Polaris, complete with ITP UltraCross R Spec tires, after earning third in the UTV Unlimited class in Laughlin, Nev. (photo courtesy of DragonFire Racing)
Lacrecia Beurrier's DragonFire /AZ West / Rockstar Racing team from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., finished third in the Holz Racing Championship UTV Unlimited ranks. The team, which runs 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires on its car, said it used the UTV World Championship event as preparation for the upcoming BITD MInt 400 race.
Lanse Chournos of St . George, Utah, put the No. 2999 car through its maiden voyage at the UTV World Championship event. He ran 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires and ended up second in the Sportsman class. (Photo courtesy of event promoter).
Lanse Chournos, 18, of St. George, Utah, finished second in the Sportsman class and ninth overall behind the wheel of his ITP-clad No. 2999 Polaris backed by PRP, DWT, Z Bros Racing, FUTV and Addict Racing.