Lake Tahoe Marathon expands events
This year, Lake Tahoe Marathon race director Les Wright is offering the inaugural Tahoe Double Dare, two back-to- back 72-mile races around the lake in opposite directions.
The Tahoe Triple will also return for its 10th year. The event begins Friday, Sept. 24 at Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay, and wraps up with the last stage coinciding with the Lake Tahoe Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 26.
Wright said many runners use the Tahoe Triple as a training run for a future 100-mile race. The first leg of the race is called the Emerald Bay Marathon. The second is the Cal Neva Marathon as runners make their way from California to Nevada. The last leg is the Lake Tahoe Marathon. For the first time, each leg has its own finishers’ medal.
For a further challenge, there’s the fourth annual Super Triple, which has participants running the first two marathons on Friday and Saturday, but instead of a third marathon run, racers take part in the 72-Mile Ultra (also a standalone race) at 10 p.m. that same Saturday.
A dinner buffet is part of the ultra entry fee Sept. 23 at the Horizon Casino Resort the night before the races begin. Past winners and participants will speak about the course and how to run three marathons consecutively. This year’s keynote speaker is noted runner Dick Beardsley. The ultra race directors also discuss the schedule, courses, procedures and answer any questions.
Runners and walkers have a host of events to choose from during the Lake Tahoe marathon race week Sept. 22-26, including the marathon that winds down the West Shore from Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe’s Pope Beach; a 20-mile run and walk; a 10K and 5K; three-day triathlon; marathon relays; half marathon; 35 and 72-Mile bike races; kayaking events; free kids fun run and speed golf.
For more information or to register, call 530-544-7095 or visit the Lake Tahoe Marathon website at http://www.laketahoemarathon.com. The website is also home to a course map and profile and event descriptions.
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