Jeep® Returns as Media and Awards Partner of the 2019 Rebelle Rally

October 2, 2019 (Reno, NV) – As the Rebelle Rally quickly approaches, Jeep® returns to support the women’s off-road navigation endurance competition. The iconic four-wheel drive brand is the 2019 media and awards partner for the 10-day event that is scheduled October 10-19, 2019.

Jeep, synonymous with adventure and capability, is a favorite vehicle among Rebelles and successful as well. Two Jeep Wrangler Rubicons were co-champions in the 4×4 Class in the 2018 rally, and Jeep has held the top of the podium since the rally began in 2016. 12 Jeep vehicles are registered in this year’s edition in the sold out field of 40 teams.

“Jeep is such an iconic brand, and an excellent vehicle choice for the Rebelle Rally. We have been impressed with how many women have bought Jeep vehicles specifically with the intention of competing in the Rebelle,” noted rally founder Emily Miller. “We appreciate Jeep recognizing our committed community and efforts to build a true proving ground for stock OEM vehicles.”

The rally starts next week, on Thursday, October 10th with Tech Inspection at Olympic Valley, California, adjacent to Lake Tahoe. The event will cover 8 days of competition that traverses the western portion of Nevada and crosses into southern California to finish in the Imperial Sand Dunes. Ceremonial finish events take place at the water’s edge in San Diego on Saturday, October 19th. Jeep will host the open to the public podium awards ceremony at Broadway Pier from 12 pm – 2 pm.

To follow the rally live, log on to www.rebellerally with coverage beginning on the 10th. Live tracking, scoring, daily press updates and webcast will be available.

Media Contact:
Kirsten Tiegen
775.345.3450
media@rebellerally.com

 

Jeep® Returns as Media and Awards Partner of the 2019 Rebelle Rally2019-10-02T11:52:24-08:00

Strong Vehicle Manufacturer Participation for October’s Rebelle Rally

Vehicle Manufacturers Continue to Build Strong Participation in the 2019 Rebelle Rally

September 10, 2019 (Reno, NV) – The 4th annual Rebelle Rally kicks off October 10th in Olympic Valley, California with a strong lineup of vehicle manufacturer participation. The 10-day navigation rally is a unique test of woman and machine as teams of two drive and navigate across Nevada and California to the U.S.—Mexico border. Final events will take place along the water’s edge in San Diego.

The competition is not a race for speed, but a true test of traditional navigation skills in street legal, unmodified or minimally modified SUVs, trucks and CUVs.  The event has focused on providing a strong platform for manufacturer vehicles to shine. This year, programs and support have been fielded from Jeep, Honda, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and Mitsubishi, with more expected before the October date.

OEM involvement has taken multiple forms – from fielding teams and providing vehicles, to in-depth engineering programs from companies such as Honda. “We have been laser focused in our commitment to build a multi-pronged platform for companies,” noted rally founder and promoter Emily Miller. “While some mistakenly assume it is limited to a women’s marketing program, we have created the longest competitive rally in the lower 48, with an in-house developed real-time vehicle data visualization platform for manufacturers with our partner Mapbox, strong company leadership and teamwork development, to tremendous experiential and content opportunities.”

The Details

Jeep returns as a committed partner with sponsorship and presentation of the Awards Ceremony at San Diego’s Broadway Pier. Honda returns with four female engineers as they use the experience for product development purposes in the Honda Ridgeline and Honda Passport. Nissan will field three-time Rebelle Sedona Blinson with teammate and automotive journalist Lyn Woodward in the Nissan Armada. Porsche returns with 2018 CUV class winners. Rolls-Royce stunned many by entering the new Cullinan with 2018 Co-Champions Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe.  Mitsubishi has entered an impressive team of military women – three-time Rebelle and Team Spirit Award winner Rachael Ridenour and teammate Karah Behrend, a retired young woman who served in the Air Force, and is an inspirational adaptive athlete who competes in multiple sports in a wheelchair. Behrend will drive the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with hand controls in the CUV Class.

While the course is confidential until the rally, friends and fans can follow the event via social, daily updates, live narrative mapping, live tracking, and webcast.  Log on to www.rebellerally.com and mark the calendars for October 10-19th.

Media contact:
Kirsten Tiegen
media@rebellerally.com
775.345.3450

Strong Vehicle Manufacturer Participation for October’s Rebelle Rally2019-09-11T12:12:21-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Eliza & Kendra

The Rebelle not only brings strangers together, it brings strangers together to compete…together. Today’s Team Tuesday showcases a team who has never competed with each other, and also never met in person! Two like-minded women sharing a love for adventure and serious determination chops teaming up for the rally makes our day. Because, in the spirit of the Rebelle, why not just go for it?! On that note, let’s welcome the team – Eliza Coleman and Kendra Miller!

Eliza is originally from Berlin, New York, and splits her time between Park City, Utah, and Santa Rosa Valley, California. Eliza is also a stuntwoman/stunt coordinator, and happens to race stage rally in her 2WD 2010 Scion xD.

A self-described habitual experience collector, Eliza loves adventure, and loves driving on dirt roads. She’s excited to add the Rebelle to her collection as she’s new to navigation and dune driving.

“In the Rebelle, I’ll get to see remote areas that are otherwise out of sight. The whole experience of traveling with analog navigation, exploring with a teammate and being in a community of like minded women is pretty awesome. I can’t wait to be ‘away from it all’. I hope the food is good!”

Eliza is piloting her Jeep Wrangler that she purchased from her son last year with the idea she’d like the option to off-road whenever, wherever. Voilà! Unbeknownst to her in 2018, that option is happening this October. And with someone who she has an easy communication with, and has a great attitude. “I feel very fortunate to have a teammate that has experience doing the Rebelle, and I can’t wait to meet Kendra in person!”

Kendra is from Hemet, CA and lives in Snoqualmie, Washington where she works in marketing. Kendra is also a 100% Rebelle, meaning she has competed every year since the inaugural competition in 2016. Why is she coming back for year four?

“Because I love it. I love getting rid of my electronics, sleeping in the desert, getting to see amazing places that most people don’t even know about, the strategy, using analog tools to navigate the earth. It feels kind of wild but also completely natural to be coming back. Every year I think ‘Oh, I’ve done that. I’m good.’ and then registration opens. My mind immediately goes to planning who my teammate will be, what vehicle I can take, which class should I enter!”

Kendra is looking forward to seeing what new challenges Emily and the Rebelle staff have in store, and also self camp night – a night teams spend away from basecamp comforts for an evening together full of conversation, good food, and a little more rest than usual.

Kendra is also stoked to be competing with Eliza as she has a great sense of humor, is really easy going, and very dedicated to having a good rally. And she’s not leaving home without a positive attitude!

We love your attitude already, Team #184. See you in the dirt!

Team Tuesday 2019: Eliza & Kendra2019-09-18T12:34:38-08:00

Team Tuesday: Jenn & Heather

We always say similar rally goals are key when competing as a team, and for today’s Team Tuesday team, that’s exactly what brought them together. Please welcome today’s dynamic Californian duo, Team Meraki: Jenn Zipp Richmond and Heather Lewis!

Jenn’s hometown is San Diego, where she lives with her husband and two children. Jenn is an “Original Rebelle” who loves off-roading, horseback riding, playtime with family, and taking photographs both on and off the road. While her occupation is “mom” (one of the hardest jobs we might add), Jenn is seriously into challenges – hence her signing up as the first “class” to take on the Rebelle Rally in 2016.

Jenn serendipitously found teammate Heather after “putting it out there in the universe” that she would be sent the perfect teammate. She was. Heather and Jenn had a connection from the first time they met, and kept in contact through social media. When she received a message from Heather this year inquiring if Jenn had a teammate, she knew Heather would be a perfect fit. Heather felt the exact same way. The rest, as they say, is history!

After getting through one round of Rebelle, Jenn’s must-have gear for this year? Neck support, chapstick (it is the desert after all), eye drops, and extra sunglasses! And what’s she looking forward to the most this time around? Focused driving, being led by her trusted navigator, the mental challenge, seeing old friends, and making new ones.

“There are so many reasons why I am returning to the 2017 Rebelle Rally. I return for the challenge, both personal and mental, for the camaraderie, for the education, for the inspiration and for the journey!” – Jenn Zipp Richmond

Heather currently resides in Costa Mesa, CA and is our first forensic scientist (pretty bad-ass – we know) to compete in the Rebelle! When she’s not working, Heather loves photography, off-roading, swimming and hiking.

Given her passions, she’s had quite a few incredible adventures over the years. One that really stands out to her is riding across the Nevada desert with her husband from hot spring to hot spring – a total of five hot springs in 2.5 days and 800 miles off-road on bikes. Fun AND relaxing was the winning combo that trip according to Heather!

Heather cannot wait to see the beautiful landscape that the Rebelle canvasses from beginning to end, and finding her way through it. As her team’s navigator, she’s really looking forward to the specific navigation portion and putting her skills to the test and…she hopes to lead Jenn to some blue and black checkpoints!

As navigator, Heather’s must-have gear thus far is her compass, plotter, pencils, erasers, calculator and minute scales. And for her, the most important gear is the CAR!

“The adventure is in the journey. The journey is the reward. Two things to live by.” – Heather Lewis

Team Tuesday: Jenn & Heather2017-04-20T17:15:04-08:00

Team Tuesday: Coralee & Christy

It’s a family affair for today’s Team Tuesday team! We’re stoked to introduce our first mother-in-law and daughter-in-law duo: Coralee Lack and Christy Long, two women who are packing up their Jeep and headed out from Washington state to the 2nd annual Rebelle Rally!

Coralee is an Original Rebelle, competing in our inaugural competition last fall. She loved it so much…she’s back for Round 2! Corlaee is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and currently resides in Bellevue, Washington. Coralee is the owner of Mossms, an online video game hosted on the Second Life Platform. She loves to off-road, with rock crawling, backwoods exploring, and camping as her primary hobbies. She also loves working with her dog and teaching him new tricks. Most recently she’s been teaching herself to play guitar, which has turned out to be quite addicting!

Her must-have gear for the Rebelle? MAXTRAX, water, air compressor, water, recovery gear, tools, water, spare parts, water, coffee mug, water, lightweight moisture-wicking clothing…and water. Think she’s giving us a hint to stay hydrated during the Rebelle?!

Coralee competed last year with Holly Freeman in Team Wild and Free, having a fantastic time together. Coralee learned so much during the competition – patience, trusting their tools, managing time, and trusting their instincts. She’s looking forward to capitalizing on those lessons and improving those skills even more – as well as getting to drive this time around! Coralee is thrilled to bring her 2013 gecko green Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited to tackle the Nevada and California terrain. She’s looking forward to teaming up with Christy and sharing this amazing experience with her. She also can’t wait to reunite with many of the Original Rebelles…and meet some new ones!

Christy also lives in Washington state (Seattle area), but is originally from Concord, California. Christy is married to Coralee’s son, Richard, whom she met in the Army Reserves. As a laboratory assistant/phlebotomist, Christy’s days are hectic. But during her downtime, she likes to catch a little Pokémon on her DS to unwind! Jeeps are also a big interest of hers – she used to spend a lot of time off-roading in her 2014 Jeep Wrangler “Rubi.” After starting a family, Christy had to say goodbye to Rubi, but she’s stoked to be back in the saddle again doing something new in off-road! Since this is Christy’s first Rebelle, her must-have gear is relatively simple thus far – snacks to avoid getting hangry, a toothbrush, and toothpaste – because no one likes a dirty mouth!

Coralee knew that her son had received extensive navigation training in the Army and was thrilled that Christy had received similar training too. Always adventurous with a love of snowboarding and other outdoor activities, Christy was immediately excited about the opportunity to team up for such an amazing challenge. These family members both love adventure, Jeeps, and each other – not to mention, get along fantastically. It was meant to be!

Team Tuesday: Coralee & Christy2017-04-20T17:15:04-08:00