178-mile relay race winds through Tahoe today
June 3, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A sea of bouncing headlamps will travel through South Lake Tahoe tonight as roughly 1,860 runners make their way through a 178-mile relay course that starts and ends in Reno and winds through Lake Tahoe, Genoa and Virginia City.
In the sixth running of the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey, 155 teams will start running today beginning at 9 a.m. at Wingfield Park West in Reno. Slower teams begin early; faster teams will start in the afternoon.
The reigning team, Battle Born, who won last year’s race with a finishing time of 17:57:32 and an average pace of 6:03, will begin at 4 p.m.
Many teams will pass through South Lake Tahoe deep into the night. The course enters South Lake Tahoe by way of Emerald Bay, running past Camp Richardson and onto Highway 50. After an exchange point at the Raley’s shopping center near Stateline, runners will pass through the casino corridor and travel up Kingsbury Grade to Daggett Summit. After another exchange at the summit, the course continues down Kingsbury Grade to Genoa, to Carson City, to Virginia City, and finally reaches the finish line at Idlewild Park in Reno.
In all, there are 35 exchange legs along the course. Teams are typically comprised of 12 runners divided into two vehicles. Barring illness or injury along the course, each participant runs three legs of the race ranging in distance and difficulty, from flat portions along Foothill Road in Carson Valley to the steep climb up Geiger Grade near Virginia City.
Tribune Community Editor Roseann Keegan will run the race for the second time this year with team DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), a co-ed team comprised of fellow California State University, Chico, alumni and residents. Last year, the team came in ninth, with a time of 22:55:01 and an average pace of 7:43. Keegan will run legs through Truckee, up Kingsbury Grade and through South Reno.
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Team DNR also includes Chico residents Sean Murphy, Lisa Duke, John Maretti, Greg Fischer, Dave Burkland, Jessica Souder, Genevieve Dewald, Laurel Hammang and Sarah Montez; Chris Miller of Concord, Calif., and Peter Blair of Reno.
To follow DNR’s progress, along with updates with other runners on the course, visit http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/odyssey10. For Twitter, use #odyssey10.
For race information, visit http://www.renotahoeodyssey.com.