LON-FB-Header-2017-LOC-VoteThe 2017 Ladies Offroad Challenge Votes of Confidence period is open through Friday May 5th on Ladies Offroad NetworkFacebook and Instagram pages. Ladies from across the country have registered for the opportunity to be Charlene Bower’s driver, co-driver or media assistant at three events including the 15thAchieve Tahoe Rubicon Trail Experience, the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 and 1stFury Rode. The Ladies Offroad Challenge kicked off when the events and sign-up process were announced during the Ladies Offroad Network Social in Moab followed by a registration deadline of April 28th. The ladies are currently working for the most Votes of Confidence on social media that ends on Friday May 5th to continue onto the Top 30 group. More information and the voting information is available at www.LadiesOffroadChallenge.com

LOC-2017-Vote-All-PromoVotes of Confidence are logged as a Like or Comment on ladies original photo posted by Ladies Offroad Network on both Facebook and Instagram. Each ladies photo is posted alongside a paragraph describing her offroad experience and more interesting facts. These ladies are wives, moms, beginner or skilled offroaders, nurses, military, students and retired just to list a few of the diverse characteristics that make up this amazing group. A simple ‘like’ on their photo can help them make it to the Top 30 group where they will then be able to go through a one-on-one interview with Charlene Bower and have a feature article written and posted on LadiesOffroadNetwork.com. The Top 30 will be narrowed to 10 that will attend a 4-day training weekend in Arizona where the final decisions will be made to select one lady for each of the three adventures.

“I read every application and wrote every paragraph about every lady so I am qualified to say this is one outstanding group of women that are representing the much larger population of women wheelers! Entrants joined from around the US and Canada all with amazing stories and backgrounds. I strongly encourage you to take some time to read about them and throw them a Vote of Confidence. You may not know them personally, but that is ok, your support of their goals will not be forgotten,” said Charlene Bower, owner of Bower Media and Ladies Offroad Network. “I respect every lady that took the time and energy to step outside their comfort zone to enter. I understand how hard it is to turn the spotlight onto ourselves when the end result is unknowing and a real challenge. I was conscious to make sure everyone knew more about the events as they were registering this year. I feel it was clearer that the events we are attending have a lot of work involved on top of the challenge and rewarding experience, but I can tell this group of ladies are up for the task!”

The 2017 Ladies Offroad Challenge participants are:

Allison (Allie) Marsh       St. Catherine’s, Ontario

Angela Hinkley               New Brighton, MN

Ann Woodward               Port Crane, NY

Audrey Byrd                   Henderson, NV

Bonnie Lake                   Scottsdale, AZ

Brandy Groves                Yucaipa, CA

Brenda Nichols               Belleview, FL

Brianna Lambert              El Paso, TX

Brittany Martin               Oklahoma City, OK

Christina Sullivan           Silt, CO

Dawn Chapton                Wildomar, CA

DeAnna Aisner                Bristol, VA

Diane Zalman                 Fountain Hills, AZ

Donna Mayo                   Tooele, UT

Elisa Burke                    Huntington Beach, CA

Jacki Maybin                  Mission Viejo, CA

Jaime Bengston               Rio Rancho, NM

Jeni Schwalb                  Northwood, NH

Jenn Zipp Richmond        Del Mar, CA

Jennifer Fura                   Camillus, NY

Jessica Chasse                 Maricopa, AZ

Jessica Greenland             El Reno, OK

Karrie Steely                   Hendley, NE

Keri Porter                     Temperance, MI

Kristin Conrad                San Marcos, CA

Liz Fisher                      Liberty, MO

Marbella Spata                Marietta, GA

Mary Jo Airo                  Norton Shores, MI

Megan Stevenson                        Firebaugh, CA

Melissa Fischer               Moab, UT

Michelle Gary                 Fairlawn            , OH

Nicole Honstead              Lakeside, CA

Rachle Engle                  Deleware, OH

Sara McCarty                  Gilbert, AZ

Shelby Hall                    Sparks, NV

Stacy Walther                 Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tabitha Tucciarone          Newark, TX

Taunya Jones                  Rogers, AR

Tonya Mercer                 Craig, CO

Trisha McMurray                        Diamond Springs, CA

Victoria Reynolds            Belleville, MI

2017 Ladies Offroad Challenge Events:

Training Weekend: As part of the process to choose the best candidates for the three events, the Training Weekend is a special opportunity for the Top 10 ladies to visit Arizona, meet each other, and learn some new skills. Last year, life-long friendships were built during this phase of the challenge. The schedule for the weekend is a secret. You will not know what you will be doing, where you will be going, or who you are going to meet until you arrive at the training locations. Training tasks are designed around the three events and will help narrow down the three challenge finalists. A conversation with promoters from each event will also teach the ladies more about the unique challenges they will be facing if they are chosen as a finalist. This year’s training weekend will be held in June 2017. Don’t worry, it’s not all hard work.

15th Achieve Tahoe Rubicon Trail Experience:Achieve Tahoe leads the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. With 50 years experience, their trained staff and volunteers guide handicapped individuals in discovering life without limits. Their specialized adaptive equipment and teaching methods allows them to accommodate almost anyone with any disability. This 4-wheel drive adventure is led by Jason and Andrea Berger and the WeBilt 4WD Club. The trip will follow the historic Rubicon 4WD Trail over three days and two nights. For this unique experience, you will be driving your own vehicle with Charlene as your co-driver. You will be assisting the Bergers with preparation for the trip and helping a group of physically or mentally disabled participants navigate the challenging terrain of the Rubicon Trail. You will also explore historic Georgetown, CA. Dates are August 11th – 13th. For more information on this event, click here.

50th SCORE Baja 1000 with BFGoodrich Tires: Recognized around the globe as one of the very top motorsports extravaganzas in the world and the season finale each year of the SCORE World Desert Championship, the 2017 SCORE Baja 1000 will be a peninsula run, point-to-point race. The race will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur. When finalized, the grueling race course will cover approximately 1,300 miles of the mysterious and majestic Baja California peninsula. For this event, you will focus on curating an extensive media package with Charlene. You will assist with taking photos and videos throughout the race and producing content for social media. The BFGoodrich Tires pits and SCORE‘s live coverage locations will outline the trip to La Paz, and on the way back to the border, you will visit iconic Baja California destinations. Dates are November 14th – 18th. For more information on this event, click here.

1st Annual Fury Rode: Fury Rode is the ultimate challenge designed for all people and skill levels. Drive your rig over an 80-mile course that tours Sand Hollow State Park while stopping at checkpoints to race against people in your class. Each checkpoint will have different challenges in which you will be timed. Tasks include a Rock Crawl, a Rock Race Course, Short Sand Race Course, Winch Challenges, Remote Control Car Challenge, “Blind Driving” Challenge, Marksman Challenge, and more.  During this competitive event, you will be Charlene’s co-driver with the goal to do the best you can with every challenge you meet on the course. This is an opportunity to take part in a brand new offroad event and a chance to put your outdoor and offroad skills to the test. Dates are December 7th – 9th. For more information on this event, click here.

About Ladies Offroad Network: Ladies Offroad Network is dedicated to supporting all offroad ladies by guiding, educating, and motivating them to achieve their goals. Whether you are a driver, co-driver, racer, passenger, mother, business owner, worker, or hobbyist, you are welcome to join the Network. We aim to meet the needs of every lady who loves offroad by providing a space to learn more about offroad sports, chat with other ladies from around the world, and share stories with a community that has the same passion. The Network consists of an informational website, conversational forum, fun Facebook group and hands-on interactive events. Founded by Bower Media’s Charlene Bower. www.ladiesoffroadnetwork.com