Wright: Marathon is wide open
If winning a large marathon race is on your bucket list, then the Lake Tahoe Marathon might be worth a shot on Sunday morning.
Only one past champion was entered in the race by midweek, and race director Les Wright said the 15th running of the event is wide open.
“The returning champs, I haven’t heard from them,” Wright said.
However, John Weru of Oakland has decided to enter the race that his treated him another shot. Weru is the 2003 and 2004 LTM champion and one of three marathoners to have won the race at least twice. Tony Torres of Cedar Glen, Calif., holds the all-time winning marathon winning streak with three straight victories from 2007-’09.
“John’s not the same runner he was then. The marathon is wide open,” Wright said.
Although online registration for Sunday’s running events, including the marathon, have concluded, runners can still sign up from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Saturday’s expo at the Horizon Casino Resort. Participants can also pick up their bib numbers at this time.
Race-day registration won’t be permitted.
Marathon walkers and slower runners will leave Tahoe City at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, with the main marathon pack departing at 8 p.m.
Marathon female and male winners will receive $500.
The defending champion is Sean Meissner of Sisters, Ore., overcoming one of the warmest days in marathon history. Meissner crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 58 minutes and 1.12 seconds on a day where temperatures climbed into the upper 70s. Ian Sharman of London and Lynyrd Skynrod of Reno finished second and third, respectively.
Kenyan Joseph Maina Ngunjir holds the all-time marathon record with his winning time of 2:30:55 set in 2001. Former South Shore resident Katie Gengler still holds the women’s record with her 2000 winning time of 3:02:45.
Yolanda Holder of Corona, Calif., will attempt to draw closer this weekend to world record for marathons run in a calendar year. Holder went into the LTM Triple on Thursday with 80 marathons for the year.
According to Holder, the eight-year-old world record is 100 for a calendar year. She hopes to run her 101st marathon on Dec. 5 at the Rock N Roll Marathon in Las Vegas.
Spectators can catch a shuttle bus to Pope Beach at the “Y” starting at 7 a.m. Wright said a shuttle bus can pick up fans every five or 10 minutes.