SHAUN WHITE, RYAN SHECKLER, DAVE MIRRA AND BRETT BANASIEWICZ AMONG ATHLETES COMPETING AT DEW TOUR'S TOYOTA CHALLENGE SEPTEMBER 16 – 19 AT ENERGYSOLUTIONS ARENA IN SALT LAKE CITY
Competitions with FMX Legends Mike Mason, Adam Jones, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg and Nate Adams
Burr Ridge, Ill. – September 13, 2010 – The Dew Tour returns to Salt Lake City for the fourth consecutive year for the Toyota Challenge, September 16-19, at EnergySolutions Arena. The four-day event will feature competitions with the best skateboard and BMX athletes, along with the largest FMX competition on the 2010 Dew Tour. Reserved tickets, which guarantee a seat at Final competitions on the day of purchase, are available for $35.
Freestyle motocross returns to Salt Lake City bigger and better than ever, with two exciting competitions on Friday and Saturday. Friday's Open Qualifiers will showcase new talent in FMX, where those that advance will face off against the legends in the sport on Saturday in a winner-take-all final. The best talent in FMX has been invited to the Toyota Challenge, including Adam Jones, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Mike Mason and Nate Adams.
The star-studded field of skateboard and BMX athletes competing in this weekend's Toyota Challenge includes reigning Dew Cup champions, Olympic gold medalists and X Games 16 gold medalists. Among them are:
• Shaun White (skate vert): two-time Olympic gold medalist, summer and winter Dew Cup champion, X Games gold medalist, and 1st place Skate Vert finisher at the Wendy's Invitational
• Pierre-Luc Gagnon (skate vert): '08 Dew Cup champion, X Games 16 gold medalist
• Ryan Sheckler (skate park): Three-time Dew Cup champion and X Games 16 gold medalist
• Paul Rodriguez (skate park): X Games gold medalist, skate park winner at the 2010 Dew Tour Wendy's Invitational
• Garrett Reynolds (bmx park): Defending Dew Cup champion and recent X Games gold medalist
• Dave Mirra (bmx park): BMX legend and second overall in last season's Dew Cup standings
• Brett Banasiewicz (bmx park and dirt): 15-year-old rising star in BMX and 1st place BMX Dirt finisher at both the Nike 6.0 BMX Open and Wendy's Invitational
Taking place in conjunction with the Toyota Challenge are the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, the official amateur series of the Dew Tour. Over 70 of the best amateur skateboarders and BMX riders will be in Salt Lake City vying for a chance to compete against the pros at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas this October.
In addition, the Toyota Challenge schedule of events is as follows:
Thursday, September 16th – Gates Open at 3:00pm
3:30PM – 4:30PM BMX Vert Prelims
4:30PM – 6:30PM Skateboard Park Prelims
7:00PM – 8:30PM BMX Dirt Prelims
Friday, September 17th – Gates Open at 1:00pm
1:00PM – 2:30PM Skateboard Vert Prelims
3:00PM – 4:30PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour Skateboard Park Final – Round 1
4:00PM – 6:30PM BMX Park Prelims
5:00PM – 7:30PM Freestyle Motocross Open Qualifier
7:30PM – 8:30PM BMX Vert Final
9:00PM – 11:00PM Neon Trees and Paper Tongues Concert
Saturday, September 18th – Gates Open at 11:30AM
12:15PM – 1:30PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour Skateboard Park Final – Round 2
2:00PM – 4:00PM BMX Dirt Final
5:00PM – 6:15PM Skateboard Park Final
6:15PM – 7:00PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour BMX Dirt Final
8:00PM – 9:30PM Freestyle Motocross
Sunday, September 19th – Gates Open at 11:00AM
11:30AM – 1:30PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour BMX Park Final
2:00PM – 4:00PM Skateboard Vert Final
5:00PM – 6:00PM BMX Park Final
6:00PM – 6:45PM Gatorade Free Flow Tour Skateboard Vert Final
***SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
In addition to world-class competitions, the four -day event will include a live concert by Neon Trees and Paper Tongues as part of the MTV2 Rock N Jock Concert Series on Friday starting at 9pm. Onsite at EnergySolutions Arena, there will be the interactive Festival Village featuring Mountain Dew and FUEL TV's Green Label Experience, the Nike iD program where fans can customize their own pair of shoes, the NERF Dart Tag World Championships, free product giveaways, demos of the latest Sony and PlayStation games and electronics and athlete autograph signings.
Tickets for the Toyota Challenge are available through Smith's Tix, Smithstix.com and the EnergySolutions Arena Box Office or by phone at 801-476-8499.Visit www.Allisports.com for more information.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday Action Zone tickets cost $100 for adults and children and provide access to priority reserved seating for all finals. Additionally, Action Zone ticket-holders receive Dew Tour merchandise, a behind-the-scenes tour, athlete autograph session, merchandise discount coupon, Fast Pass access into all venues and interactive areas and cold Mountain Dew. Reserved seating tickets are $35 for children and adults and guarantees seating for all finals competitions. Grounds Pass tickets cost $15 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 2-10. Receive a FREE Thursday grounds pass ticket with every Friday-Sunday ticket purchased. Family 4 packs and 3-day ticket packages are also available.
The complete 2010 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Skate Open, June 25-26 Boston, Mass. – TD Garden
ISF Skateboarding World Championships
Nike 6.0 BMX Open July 23-24 Chicago, Ill. – Soldier Field South Festival Lot
Wendy's Invitational Aug. 12-15 Portland, Ore. – Rose Quarter
Toyota Challenge Sept. 16-19 Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena
Dew Tour Championships Oct. 14-17 Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
In its sixth year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2010 Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season's end to champions in each of the five disciplines, culminating at the Dew Tour Championships at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The 2009 Dew Cup champions include Chris Cole (skateboard park), Bucky Lasek (skate vert), Garrett Reynolds (BMX park), Jamie Bestwick (BMX vert) and Ryan Nyquist (BMX dirt).