Final race weekend instructions: Welcome to the 2006 Lake Tahoe Marathon. Here are some basic guidelines to follow for race day: |

Final race weekend instructions: Welcome to the 2006 Lake Tahoe Marathon. Here are some basic guidelines to follow for race day:

Steve Wood, left, and Andrew Edwards enter Cave Rock in their first leg of the Tahoe Triple Marathon last year. / Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

* Race evening put your chip on your running shoe, number on the front of your running top, and put cash in your pocket. Beer cost $1 at the finish line and you may want to buy some marathon clothing at the finish line.

* Race Day registration is at the Horizon before the shuttle buses depart from there.

* Race Day registration for all races will be allowed at the Horizon Casino Resort, or for the Marathon only, at the start line at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.

* All events of the Triathlon can be entered as an individual event (a la carte).

* Wind shirts will be passed out at the Expo or the finish line on a first come, first serve basis. We will try to have your size available at the Expo. Late registered runners will draw from the unreserved stash. If your size does not fit, you may exchange your wind shirt from the late registration stash if your size is available there.

* The wind shirts are black with an embroidered Lake Tahoe Marathon logo on the breast, a quarter zipper with collar with reflective trim, and two zipper pockets. Your size is not guaranteed.

* Complete and final shuttle bus schedules will be on the back of your race bib.

* You must show a photo ID verifying your ID and age to pick up your race number.

* No one else will be allowed to pick up your race number except for Relay Captains.

* Pick up your race number at the Sports and Fitness Expo at the Horizon Casino Resort on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., or Friday, Sept. 29: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., located 400 yards east of the state line on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

* Relay substitutions and event changes can be made at the Horizon Casino Resort during the Expo for a $5 change fee.

* Relay teams may run with less than five runners.

* Ninety percent of our runners come from further than 50 miles.

* Ninety-eight percent of our runners are flatlanders.

* In 2006, ninety percent registered on line.

* In 2006, fifty-nine percent of runners are female.

* It takes 5 to 6 weeks for your body to create enough new red blood cells to become a “local” fully acclimatized to the altitude.

* A 3-hour marathon runner will run the Tahoe Marathon 6 minutes slower than a sea-level marathon with similar terrain, and 12 minutes slower for a 4-hour marathoner.

* Aid stations are located at: 2.5, 4.5, 6.4, 6.8, 8.5, 9.6, 11.0, 11.4, 13.6, 14.9, 15.3, 16.2, 16.9, 17.1, 18.1, 19, 20, 21.7, 22.9, 24, and 25.2. All will serve water; most will serve Ultima, and snacks.

* Future Marathon dates will be Sept. 29, 2007, Sept. 28, 2008, Sept. 27, 2009

* No refunds are given. Your entries fees help support local youth scholarships, school teams and clubs. Please don’t ask. See charities.

* We do not mail wind shirts to no shows for any reason.

* Check the back of your race bib for shuttle bus schedules and race details.

* Yes, there will be shuttle buses from the Pope Beach finish back to the Horizon

* A Half Marathon/10K Race shuttle bus leaves from Tahoe City just north of Fanny Bridge from the Bank of America parking lot. It leaves at 8:20 and will caravan with the Spectator Buses.

* The buses back to Tahoe City leave at, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30. Park your car at Camp Richardson and take the shuttle to the start if you will finish after these times.

* There are spectator buses that travel the entire course for friends and relatives. Go to the Spectator Bus.

* Spectators may join the spectator bus at the marathon or half marathon start lines rather than beginning at South Lake Tahoe.

* Marathoners may drop off clothes at the 2.5 mile aid station (Sunnyside Resort) and fish for them at the finish line.

* There is an optional VIP Gourmet Brunch at the finish line. Cost, $16.

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