KINGS BEACH, Calif. — A community meeting has been scheduled to allow public feedback on traffic impacts and other factors associated with the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe event.
On Sept. 22, North Lake Tahoe will host the first full distance Ironman in California since 2001. The event has sold out, and more than 2,500 triathletes are expected to compete.
Ironman Lake Tahoe Race Director Keats McConigal, assistant director Todd Jackson and course director David Reid will attend a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.
“The three will go over traffic concerns, race impacts, and the huge economic benefit the race will have on the area,” officials said in a press release, adding that audience questions will be taken.
The triathlon has already benefited the local and regional economy, as many resorts have sold out hotel rooms for the race weekend, said Andy Chapman, director of marketing for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association.
“With an event of the magnitude of Ironman Lake Tahoe there are certain unavoidable parking and traffic concerns. This community meeting is a chance for North Lake Tahoe residents to hear first hand how to maximize business opportunities and to minimize impacts as much as possible,” Chapman said. “… We believe this meeting will help organizers and community members work together to make this world-class athletic event run smoothly and efficiently.”
This will be the only public meeting regarding the race and potential traffic impacts, officials said.
The course will throughout most of North Lake Tahoe all day on Sept. 22. It starts at Kings Beach State Recreation Area, and cyclists will pedal through Truckee and over Brockway Summit before the event ends at Squaw Valley.
Top finishers will be awarded 50 age-group slots in the 2014 Ironman World Championship. For information visit, www.IronmanLakeTahoe.com.