Marathon brings visitors and road closures
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – More than 3,000 racers could visit Lake Tahoe this weekend to participate in the 26.2 mile Lake Tahoe Marathon down the West Shore, along with a host of other events.
In addition to the event’s popular marathon, starting Sunday in Tahoe City, runners and walkers will be participating in a number of other events.
Motorists should expect road delays and a closure on Highway 89 Sunday for the Lake Tahoe Marathon.
Residents and visitors on the West Shore traveling northbound should plan to arrive in Tahoe City before 7:30 a.m. or wait until after 10 a.m. as traffic will be held at many West Shore neighborhoods for runners. The Marathon starts in Tahoe City at 8 a.m. and the road typically opens behind the participants at a rate of 11 minutes per mile.
In South Lake Tahoe, Highway 89 northbound traffic will be closed three miles north of Camp Richardson at Spring Creek Road from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Camp Richardson and Fallen Leaf Lake Road will remain open at all times. Highway 89 southbound traffic will be open, however, motorists are subject to 30 to 45-minute delays.
The 15th Annual Lake Tahoe 5K is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The course starts and finishes at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe and heads past the historic mansions of the Valhalla Estates. Baby strollers are welcome. The course is off streets and is part dirt trail and ends at the marathon’s finish line.
The Lake Tahoe 10K is at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, and is the last 6.2 miles of the Lake Tahoe Marathon course. The run starts at the top of Emerald Bay at Inspiration Point (6,780 feet) on the West Shore and is 99 percent downhill. The last three miles are on a paved bike trail through changing aspen trees and over Taylor Creek with its fire cracker-red, spawning Kokanee Salmon and ends at Pope Beach at 6,219 feet, a drop of 561 feet.
The Lake Tahoe 20-Miler Run, Power Walk and Jog is slated for 8 a.m. Sunday in Homewood. This event, perfect for serious power walkers and those runners training for a marathon, has a seven-hour time limit.
The 8th Annual Great Lake Tahoe Bike Race, a classic 72-mile course and a 35-mile race or ride, kicks off 7 a.m. Saturday. The race features new electronic chip timing and larger 72-mile purse prizes, with the overall winning man and woman taking home $500/each, second place with $400, third with $300, fourth with $200 and fifth place with $100/each.
The 72-Mile Bike Race starts 7 a.m. in Zephyr Cove and has racers moving clockwise around the lake. There is a 6-hour time limit for this race. The start is organized by riders’ anticipated speed with the fastest riders at the front.
Police will escort the pack through the first nine miles and 24 stoplights of the race. The last eight miles of the race is downhill or flat and has four lanes.
The 35-Mile Bike Race starts at 8:45 a.m. in Tahoe City, California behind the Fire Station at Commons Beach and begins after the peloton of the 72-Mile Bike Race participants passes. Racers must finish by 1 p.m.