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2003 marathon to move to Saturday

Has the Sunday starting time kept you from participating in the Lake Tahoe Marathon?

Perhaps Saturday will work better for you.

Beginning next year the Lake Tahoe Marathon will start most of its races on Saturday. Some races, such as the 4K and Kids’ Fun run, will likely be switched to Friday.

LTM Race Director Les Wright made the change to give competitors a day to relax in town following the demanding 26.2-mile race.

“Personally, when I go run a marathon, I don’t want to race and then jump in my car to drive home or catch a plane. I want to stay in the city, go to dinner that night, wear my medal proudly and celebrate,” Wright said.

Wright also made the switch because the area’s roads can handle the marathon earlier in the weekend.

“We don’t have a big city that we have to run early Sunday morning,” Wright said. “We don’t have to run through a business district, so we could really run any day of the week.”

The change could increase Wright’s numbers even more. Churchgoers have skipped the event in the past because of conflicting times with religious services.

“Nobody has said that they won’t come if it’s on a Saturday,” Wright said.

While most marathons are held on Sunday, Wright knows a Saturday marathon works. He attended the 2001 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn., last year. That Saturday marathon attracts 15,000 runners annually.

Wright expects to easily meet his goal of 3,000 competitors, and received great news Wednesday.

“The weather is going to be great,” Wright said. “Sunday is going to be sunny, 63 degrees and 27 being the coldest. Perfect running conditions.”

Runners can pick up their race packets and check out the latest gear and sports-related products at the Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday at Horizon Casino Resort.

To register for the marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K, call (530) 544-7095 or fax an entry form to 530-544-6061. Runners can also register at expo.

Notes: The first-time Tahoe 10K Team Competition has been canceled because of disinterest. The format called for teams composed of three runners to compete in a high school cross country-style race. Wright may revisit the idea next year.

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