Countdown to Lake Tahoe Marathon |

Countdown to Lake Tahoe Marathon

Staff report

Although the actual 11th annual Lake Tahoe Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, the event has become much more than a 26.2-mile endurance run along the shores of Lake Tahoe. The 2006 version of the event kicks off on Wednesday at 9 a.m. with extreme golf at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course in Meyers.

The cost is $20 if you register online or $30 if you register at the course the day of the event. The rules for extreme golf are simple: Athletes are only allowed three clubs and winners are determined by combining their golf score and the time it takes for them to run the course. There is also a free kayak clinic on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Timber Cove Lodge Beach (reservations required).

On Thursday, the Tahoe Triple (three marathons in three days) begins at 7 a.m. at Emerald Bay. The first 26.2 mile segment ends at Spooner Lake. Also on Thursday is the 5-mile kayak and 9-mile kayak races, as well as the 1-mile swim at Zephyr Cove.

On Friday is the second leg of the Tahoe Triple, which stretches from Spooner Lake to Tahoe City, the 72-mile bike ride and the 35-mile bike ride. Next Saturday, in addition to the 11th annual Lake Tahoe Marathon, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, is the 72-mile ultramarathon that starts at 12:01 a.m. Also scheduled next Saturday is the 20-mile power walk, half-marathon and 10K.

The third leg of the Tahoe Triple is Saturday’s marathon that runs from Tahoe City to Pope Beach. On Sunday is the 5K race/walk and the kids’ fun run. The kids’ fun run is the only free event.

For more information or to register for any of next week’s events, visit

Roberts places second in Auburn

South Tahoe boys’ tennis player Jimmy Roberts took a break from high school tennis and advanced to the championship match of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Auburn Junior Open last weekend in Auburn.

Roberts, who is the Vikings’ No. 1 singles player, went 3-0 in the early rounds, then won his semifinal match 6-4, 6-1. In the championship match, he lost to top-seeded Daniel Holt 6-2, 6-3.

Roberts, 16, has lost only once in Northern 4A high school competition this season for South Tahoe High School. He is scheduled to compete in the USTA Courtside Championships this weekend in Los Gatos.

Arents wins WSOP title

Michael “Scott” Arents of Santa Rosa won the $5,000 buy-in, No-Limit Texas Hold’em championship last Sunday at the World Series of Poker Lake Tahoe Circuit Event at Harveys Resort and Casino in Stateline.

Arents, who entered Sunday’s final table with the seventh lowest chip stack among the nine players remaining, won $196,005 for his first-place finish and also earned a paid entry in next year’s $10,000 buy-in main event at the 2007 WSOP in Las Vegas.

Arents finished 191st at the 2006 WSOP main event this summer in Las Vegas, where former Hollywood talent agent Jamie Gold won a record $12 million.

Down to the final two players at Harveys last Sunday, Arents defeated Jerry Renfroe of San Luis Obispo when his pocket 9s held up against Renfroe’s A-3 offsuit. The highest placing for a player from the area was Reno’s Randy Rodgers, who finished 10th and pocketed $9,679.

Other highlights from the 11-day event that started on Sept. 8 came on Thursday, Sept. 14, when South Lake Tahoe resident Chris Braun won the $1,000 buy-in, No-Limit Texas Hold’em event. Braun earned $47,800 and collected the largest prize purse of any local at the event.

In a $500 buy-in event last week, South Lake Tahoe’s Nick Loader finished third and won $7,566, while South Lake Tahoe’s Darin Honorof ($3,783) and Jeff Blasy ($2,270) finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

For more information on the Lake Tahoe circuit event, visit

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