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September 14, 2012
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Ironman Lake Tahoe: More than 3,100 volunteers needed for 2013 race

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — More than 3,100 volunteers are needed to successfully execute the first full-distance Ironman event in California since 2001 — Ironman Lake Tahoe, scheduled for Sept. 22, 2013, for the North Shore.

World Triathlon Corporation, owner and operator of the Ironman Series, will host an Ironman Lake Tahoe Volunteer Meeting Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

Of the 3,100 volunteers needed to provide behind-the-scene logistics and ground execution, 100 will serve as captains to ensure a safe and fun event.

“This is an unparalleled volunteer experience,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, an official sponsor of Ironman Lake Tahoe. “It’s a chance to work with a premier organization in providing top triathletes with an experience they’ll never forget. An added bonus — those volunteering get priority registration for Ironman Lake Tahoe in 2014.”

The economic impact of Ironman Lake Tahoe to the region will be approximately $8 to $15 million over the course of the event, Chapman said. More than 2,500 athletes are expected to take part, with each likely bringing three to four guests and staying five to six nights.

When WTC opened registration for the race in June 2012, Ironman Lake Tahoe sold out its general entries in less than a day. Ironman Lake Tahoe includes registration from 45 of 50 states. California represents 59 percent of the registration with more than 60 percent coming from Southern California. Additionally, athletes from Canada, UK, Australia, Japan and 10 other international countries will compete.

Ironman Lake Tahoe is a P-2000 race with a $75,000 professional prize purse. Additionally, the race offers 50 age group slots to the 2014 Ironman World Championship, taking place Oct. 11, 2014.

For more information about the Ironman brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. For more information about the race, its route and potential economic impacts, visit www.sierrasun.com and search keyword: “Ironman.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 14, 2012 12:12PM Published Sep 14, 2012 12:11PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.