Lake Tahoe Marathon offers speed golf Sept. 23 |

Lake Tahoe Marathon offers speed golf Sept. 23

In addition to its many running-related events, biking and triathlon competitions, the Lake Tahoe Marathon will also offer speed golf as part of the Lake Tahoe Marathon Race Week Sept. 22-26.

Speed golf will take place Sept. 23 at the Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, 3021 Highway 50. The course is 4,000 yards. Start time is 9 a.m. before the golf-only guests tee off. Participants run the 18-hole course, a distance of approximately 4K, carrying three golf clubs of their choice. Their overall score is a combination of the stroke plus run time.

Participants’ times start with the first drive and end with the last putt. Golfers should bring a fanny pack to hold balls and other items. Top five awards are offered in the men and women’s division.

Green fees are $35 online and $40 via mail-in registration.

Race director Les Wright started the speed golf event in 2005, when Darrel Schue of Lake Tahoe took home top honors with a score of 76 strokes over 56 minutes for a total of 132. Elizabeth Trinkler of Lake Tahoe shot a 96 in 2005 and ran the 4,000-yard course in 44 minutes for a total score of 140.

For those that would rather paddle than swing, the Lake Tahoe Marathon is also offering five or 10-mile kayak competitions (also scull, outriggers and canoes) Sept. 24 at the Lakeside Beach & Marina at Stateline. For the second year, race week will also have an event for stand-up paddle boarders with awards and windshirts.

Runners and walkers have a host of events to choose from during the week, including the Sunday marathon that winds from the West Shore in Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe’s Pope Beach for a post-run bash; a 20-mile run and walk; 10K; 5K; a three-day triathlon; marathon relays; half marathon; 35 and 72-mile bike races; free kids’ fun run, as well as a handful of ultra races, including the Tahoe Triple (three consecutive marathons in three days) and the Tahoe Double Dare (two back-to-back 72-mile races around the lake in opposite directions). Fees vary.

For more information or to register, visit or call 530-544-7095.

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