Incline Village’s historic fundraising run is no longer limited to just one weekend — or just one sport.
Starting with the 29th annual event this Saturday, the iCanTahoe Summer Series, formerly known as the i-CAN Run/Walk, has expanded into a month-long series with a different sporting event each weekend.
The event will kick off with the traditional iCANrun this Saturday, Sept. 1, and will continue with the iCANpaddle stand-up paddleboard race on Sept. 8, the iCANtri triathlon on Sept. 15 and the iCANdownhill mountain bike race on Sept. 22.
“Last year around the time of the event, a lot of people came who had done it in previous years, and they made this suggestion over and over again that we should do more iCAN events, because it’s great for the North Shore,” said co-organizer Chris Laramore, executive director of the Incline After-School Organization, which took over the event two years ago.
The iCanTahoe Summer Series helps support the programs of the Incline After-School Organization, sponsoring a dozen free after-school activities for all local youth.
It starts with the 5- and 10-kilometer runs on Saturday. The course, which has varied over the years, starts and finishes on the Incline High School track and takes participants by the Championship Golf Course and Incline Elementary School. Racers also have the option of running a 20K, while a “kids” race will consist of one lap around the track.
“We usually have somewhere between 250 and 500 people participating,” said Laramore, adding that many people register on the day of the event. “I think we will have more people than last year. I’m expecting a great turnout.”
The following Saturday, Sept. 8, the iCANpaddle will send participants on either a 1/2-mile, 3-mile or 5-mile course starting and ending at the Hyatt pier.
The Saturday after that, Sept. 15, features the iCANtri, which will include a pool swim, bike and run starting at the Incline Village Recreation Center. Three distances will be offered: Gold (800-yard swim, 13-mile bike, 3-mile run), Silver (400-yard swim, 7-mile bike, 2-mile run) and Bronze (200-yard swim, 3-mile bike, 1-mile run).
The iCanTahoe Summer Series wraps up with the iCANdownhill on Saturday, Sept. 22. This unique event uses the historic Chinese Downhill and Tyrolean trails, which peel off the Tahoe Rim Trail and plunge nearly 2,000 vertical feet to a finish line near Diamond Peak Ski Resort.
To register or learn more about the iCanTahoe Summer Series, go to www.icantahoe.com.