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Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab to Present at Tahoe Ultra Camps 2015


Reno, NV (May 15, 2015) – Dr. Andrew Pasternak, of Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab, will be presenting on “Hyponatremia in Ultramarathoners” as part of the Tahoe Ultra Camps endurance training, June 12 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information on the Tahoe Ultra Camps, visit

“Hyponatremia is the medical term for low sodium,” said Dr. Pasternak. “It’s of particular concern to ultrarunners as it can lead to severe illness and even death.”

Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab will also be offering a 10 percent discount to all Tahoe Ultra Camp participants on physiologic (lactate threshold, Vo2 max and metabolic efficiency) testing and gait analysis through September 30.

Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab provides integrated physiologic testing, biomechanical and coaching services to help athletes of all abilities and interests maximize their training time and achieve results. For more information, visit




Tahoe Trail 100-Leadville Qualifier Course Recon

Event Date:         June 7 and June 28, 2015


Overview (What/Where):      

Join Julie Young, 2011 Tahoe Trail 100 winner and multiple-podium finisher for FREE Tahoe Trail 100 Course Previews being held on Sunday, June 7 and Sunday, June 28 at 9:00 am.

What the course preview includes:

  • Overview of the course (One Lap)
  • Race Tips and Tactics
  • On-course tips
  • Q&A and more…

Interested guests should meet in front of the Adventure, Guiding, and Learning Center in the Village at Northstar at 8:45 am and be ready to ride at 9. Participants should bring everything they need for a 50K cross-country mountain bike ride. The ride will take around 4 hours. Helmets are required. This clinic is free. All participants will be required to sign a Northstar waiver upon arrival.

Dr. Andrew Pasternak to Speak at Reno Rotary of Reno Sunrise

Reno, NV (May 8, 2015) – Dr. Andrew Pasternak, of Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab, will speak to the Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise, Friday, May 22 at 7:00am at the Atlantis Resort Spa. He’ll be sharing tips and tricks to help cyclists entered in the Edible Pedal, addressing topics including bike equipment, bike fitting, training and nutrition.

Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab is the Official Training Partner for Edible Pedal 2015. The company uses a scientific approach to physical fitness, helping athletes of all abilities and interests maximize their precious training time and achieve results. For more information, visit


Truckee Trail Running Group

Training Program Details

  • Complete 12-week weekly group training
  • Starts June 1
  • Weekly group workouts Monday 7am, on various Truckee trails depending on the specific workout
  • $180 program fee by May 25 -increases to $220 after May 25
  • Minimum fitness requirement: must be able to run 5 miles
  • Training group open to all who want to expand their understanding and tool kit of structured, effective workouts, in a supportive, positive group setting


Training Program Participants Receive

  • Secret weapon workouts to include hip activation; trunk-hip stability and dynamic movement preparation. Specific stability and mobility strategies to improve running efficiency, durability and performance, while preventing injury
  • Access to the o2fitness video library providing a resource and reference for the above activation, stability and mobility work
  • Expert coaching and support
  • Monday coached workouts, meet at various Truckee area trails and include – speed to improve economy of movement; ascending and descending technique/skills; track workouts to improve specific running power and strength; tempo and sub lactate threshold intervals; as well as in-the-field video and gait analysis.
  • An opportunity to meet new running partners
  • 10% discount on Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab services for the duration of the program – including Lactate Threshold, Vo2 and Metabolic Efficiency Assessment testing, and Dartfish video-USC Movement Performance Institute certified gait analysis
  • E-mail support – individual questions regarding training and running related issues


Contact Julie Young at for further information and to register

**Julie Young is the Head Coach of O2fitness and Director of Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab, former 12-year US National A-Team Cyclist, World Championship Team member, multiple European Stage race winner; as well as winner of Tahoe Rim Trail 50K, Headlands 50K, Lake of the Sky and Golden Hills trail marathons

Fresh Training Approach Reinvigorates Triathlete


Sian Turner started training with Julie Young at Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab in November of 2013. She had been an active XTERRA triathlete, but with inconsistent results. In 2014, she knew she wanted to target more cycling events and wanted cycling-specific training to get her performances and results where she wanted them to be.

What Sian found with Julie and Silver Sage was the perfect marriage of individualized guidance and scientific input. What she got was a training program that keeps her on her toes and results that keep her on the podium. Consistently.

“Julie’s ability to devise a creative and varied workout program throughout the year means I am always motivated and excited to see what my next phase of training will bring,” Sian says. “The combination of Julie’s hands-on individual approach, and the scientific data obtained using Silver Sage’s lactate, metabolic efficiency and V02 testing makes for a complete program which has been integral in taking my training and race performances to the next level.”

That “next level” for Sian meant a stellar 2014 season that included winning the XTERRA National Championships in her age group and taking fourth in her age group in the XTERRA World Championship. She also earned a 14th place finish at the Leadville 100 – a grueling 100 mile mountain bike race in the Colorado Rockies.

If you want to look at concrete, quantifiable results, consider that Sian took a whopping 40 minutes off her time at the Tahoe Trail 100 race – a 60-mile dirt qualifier for Leadville. In one year, a 40 minute improvement. She attributes her success and her upward trajectory to hard work and her focused, individualized training program. You can’t argue with that.

Silver Sage Sports Lab to Present at 2nd Annual Nevada Sports Medicine Update

Reno, NV (March 23, 2015) – Dr. Andrew Pasternak and Julie Young, director of Silver Sage Sports Lab, will present on Bike Fitting at the Second Annual Sports Medicine Update, taking place Saturday, April 11 at Truckee Meadows Community College.

The presentation, which is geared toward orthopedists, personal care physicians, urgent care providers, physical therapists and athletic trainers, will cover the importance of properly tailoring the frame and componentry of an athlete’s bike to their unique biomechanics.

“We’re looking forward to this opportunity to help health care providers understand the value and importance of a comprehensive and systematic bike fit,” said Young. “Proper bike fit improves performance and comfort certainly, but it also helps riders avoid over-use injuries”

Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab provides integrated physiologic testing, biomechanical and coaching services to help athletes of all abilities and interests maximize their training time and achieve results. For more information, visit


Far West Nordic Ski Racing 2015 – Ready, Set Go!

The annual Snowshoe Thompson Classic Race, presented by Silver Sage Sports and Fitness Lab, was held on Sunday December 21st at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center (ASC), kicking off the 2015 Nordic race season. Check out the detailed race report below…

The men’s 10k and the women’s 5k distances were USSA-sanctioned races and Junior National Qualifier’s for juniors from the Far West, with lots of great competition. In addition the men’s 5k was also a JNQ race for boys under age 16. The Snowshoe Thompson a fun interval start race, with competitors starting 30 seconds apart. That means no one really knows who has won until everyone is done racing. The athletes have to work extra hard to push themselves because their competitors are often out of sight, but they also have to pace themselves because it is easy to get anxious and go too hard too early.

Spencer snowshoe 2014


This year, the men’s 10k was won by Patrick McElravey, a former Far West junior, now skiing for Middlebury College, with an impressive time of 33:11.5.

Patrick snowshoe 2014

In second place was the Far West Elite Team’s Spencer Eusden, followed by Shane Christian of Bridger Ski Foundation. The women’s 5k was won by 2013 NCAA champion Joanne Reid with the incredibly fast time of 17:40.3.

joanne snowshoe 2014

Sugar Bowl Academy’s Hannah Halvorsen was seven seconds back in second place, and in third was the Far West Elite Team’s Emily Blackmer. The 10k women’s race was won by Beth Reid with a time of 38:48.6, good for 19thoverall in the 10k distance. Carolyn Tiernan took home second place and Beth Thomas finished in third. Sam Shoderbek from PNSA won the men’s 5k with a time of 18:32.2. Haydn Halvorsen of Sugar Bowl Academy finished in second, just 12 seconds behind and JC Schoonmaker of Tahoe XC came in third. There was a shorter youth division that was won by Natalie Lang-Ree, who managed to beat out all of the boys and finished in just 6:34.1. The Showshoe Thompson Cup, won by the fastest participants (male and female) over 60, was won by Russell Reid and Caroyln Tiernan this year. The youngest racer on Sunday was just four years old and the oldest racer was Frank Sarnquist at 72 years old.

Hannah snowshoe 2014


There were many college racers home for the holidays to participate in the Snowshoe Thompson, including 10k winner Patrick McElravey, Laurel Fiddler (Bates), Bria Riggs (Bates), Joelle Romo (MSU), and Austin Meng (St. Lawrence). The Far West Elite team also posted some great results. In part because of the participation of these older, more accomplished racers, all athletes were able to earn good USSA points. Another factor in the great points available in this year’s Snowshoe Thompson was the participation of junior racers from teams all around the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (Far West’s regional neighbor to the north). Some of these teams drove as much as 15 hours to compete, and their presence helped make the day so much fun!

Natalie snowshoe 2014

Auburn Ski Club is very thankful for its race sponsors. The Snowshoe Thompson was sponsored by Silver Sage Center in Reno, NV. Silver Sage’s support made this race possible and the ASC Training Center is especially thankful for their generosity. In addition the Snowshoe Thompson is supported by Hammer Nutrition and by Salomon,Swix and Fischer. ASC would like to extend a huge “thank you” to all the sponsors for helping to make the Snowshoe an amazing event.


Dr. Andrew Pasternak Named “Medical Marvel”

Dr Pasternak Headshot

Reno, NV (December 4, 2014) – Dr. Andrew Pasternak, of Silver Sage Family Center and Silver Sage Sports Lab, was recently named to a list of 100 of Northern Nevada’s top doctors, as voted on by readers of Nevada Business Magazine.

According to Nevada Business Magazine, “This year’s Medical Marvels list took a look at Nevada’s doctors and asked Nevadans to vote for the best in the state, with doctors, in particular, asked to rank their own. If a doctor nominated another physician, that vote received three points. All other votes received one point. After the nomination period ended, all of the votes were verified and tallied.”

“This was a surprise and a huge honor, especially the recognition by my medical peers,” said Dr. Pasternak. “I think it reflects the expertise and attention our staff members pay to every patient.”

Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine provides high quality health care for the entire family, treating the entire spectrum of medical conditions ranging from simple ear and sinus infections to more complex problems like heart disease and cancer.

Silver Sage Sports & Fitness Lab provides integrated physiologic testing, biomechanical and coaching services to help athletes of all abilities and interests maximize their training time and achieve results. For more information, visit


Inaugural Run with the Girls 5K

Reno, NV (November 4, 2014) — Girls on the Run – Sierras has partnered with Race 178 for the first women-specific running event in Northern Nevada. The Run with the Girls 5K will take place at Bartley Ranch on Sunday November 16. “We’re excited to offer a new race and support a program that strengthens girls through running,” said Eric Lerude, of Race 178, which will donate a portion of the proceeds to the non-profit organization.

There will be three heats for the event, with the first two open to the public. The untimed Girls on the Run heat, which is the culmination of the 10-week after school program, will start at 10 am for program participants and their adult running buddies.

The pre-race expo will take place at Scheels in Sparks, from noon to 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 15, and will include yoga classes, a tutu-making workshop, and a women’s leadership panel. Scheels will contribute $5 per runner to Girls on the Run – Sierras for every participant in the Run with the Girls 5K on November 16, 2014 (up to $5,000).

The Girls on the Run program is growing stronger in Reno. The program, which is designed to instill self-esteem in pre-adolescent girls through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training, has inspired girls to be joyful, healthy and confident in the Lake Tahoe region since 2007. “Girls on the Run has changed my life and how I feel about myself and other girls,” said Paloma, age 10.

At the request of parents and teachers, the founders brought the popular program to Reno in 2012 with 82 girls participating at six schools. Program enrollment has increased by 50 percent to 124 girls in 2013, with another 50 percent increase to 185 girls in 2014. Girls on the Run is currently empowering girls at five new Washoe County elementary schools this fall: Brookfield School, Bud Beasley, Caughlin Ranch, Mount Rose, and Lois Allen. Returning program sites include Jessie Beck, Roy Gomm, Incline Elementary, Dorothy Lemelson, Elizabeth Lenz, Smithridge STEM Academy and Westergard Elementary.

“Girls on the Run is an incredible program because it builds girls’ self-esteem by getting them to be active and helping them reach their goal of doing a 5K race,” said Girls on the Run sponsor Andy Pasternak MD, of Silver Sage Family Medicine and Sports Lab.

About Girls on the Run

The 30-hour program meets after school twice a week for ninety minutes. The goals of the program are to develop and improve competence, unleash confidence through accomplishment, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. Completing the 5K teaches girls about goal-setting and builds their self-confidence.

For more information on Girls on the Run – Sierras and how to volunteer or register for the event, please visit: or call 775-298-0280.



2014 HealthInsight Quality Award

Reno, NV (October 14, 2014) – Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine has been presented with the 2014 HealthInsight Quality Award for providing high-quality patient care. Silver Sage is the only office in Nevada to have won this award six times.

The 2014 HealthInsight Quality Award recognizes physician office practices that incorporate patient engagement tools and strategies into their care processes; use care management methods regularly; participate in a data reporting quality initiative; and achieve exemplary performance on nationally recognized quality measures related to diabetes, cancer screening and immunizations.

“We’re honored to once again receive this award from HealthInsight,” said Dr. Andrew Pasternak. “I think it reflects the care and effort our providers and staff put into every patient visit.”

The award is presented by HealthInsight, a private, nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to improving health and health care in Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The HealthInsight Quality Award program began in September 2004 to promote transparency in health care. HealthInsight aims to help providers improve health care and help patients become more active and informed participants in that care.

“HealthInsight commends Silver Sage for its commitment to excellence in improving patient care,” said Marc Bennett, president and CEO of HealthInsight.

Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine provides high quality health care for the entire family, treating the entire spectrum of medical conditions ranging from simple ear and sinus infections to more complex problems like heart disease and cancer. For more information, visit