Half marathon runs in to Tahoe this weekend
Special to the Tribune
The inaugural Rock Tahoe Half Marathon brings approximately 5,000 people including runners, friends and family to Tahoe this weekend as they run, rock, and recover. On Saturday, 2,000 runners will take off along the 13.1-mile course from Spooner Summit and wind their way down Highway 50 along the east Shore of Lake Tahoe to the finish line at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The course will also take runners off the highway along the newly completed forest bike path from Round Hill Pines to Kahle Drive.
The race weekend will kick off on Friday with a pre-race expo inside the Graceland Ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Lake Tahoe from 2 to 10 p.m. This expo is open to the public with booths from area sponsors and vendors along with official Rock Tahoe merchandise
and gear available for sale. On Saturday, racers will head to the start at Spooner Summit bright-and-early via shuttles. There will be a D.J. and a warm-up lead by Kaia Fit to get everyone pumped and ready to run. The race will be in two waves with start times at 7 a.m. for walkers/joggers and 8 a.m. for runners. There will be nine aid stations along the course, hosted by local businesses, teams, and non-profit organiztions and will feature local organic bars from Tahoe Trail Bars and Nature’s Bakery. There will also be live music along the course to help motivate and entertain runners. “We really try to highlight as many local businesses as possible with our event to showcase everything the Reno/Tahoe area has to offer,” said Sean Sweeney, director of All Things Rad. Other local vendors/sponsors include Tahoe Blue Vodka, Getaway Reno/Tahoe, BioSpirit, Lake Tahoe Yoga, CardinaleWay Toyota, Pilates Studio Lake Tahoe, Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger, Tahoe Center for Orthopedics, Carson Tahoe Health, Chase International Realty, Barton Health, and Pearl Izumi.
The public is invited to attend the festivities and cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line. The award ceremony will take place next to the guitar in front of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Lake Tahoe.
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