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Kenyan to defend LTM title

Provided by Pettit Gilwee

Two-time defending Lake Tahoe Marathon champion John Weru, 26, will try for a three-peat at 10th annual Lake Tahoe Marathon on Oct. 8.

Weru, a Kenyan native and Mountain View resident, earned his second Lake Tahoe Marathon victory in 2004 with a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes and 26 seconds. Weru won the same event in 2003 with a time of 2:35:05. In 2004, he also won the San Francisco Chronicle Marathon.

“To attract a racer like John is a testament to how far the Lake Tahoe Marathon has come,” said Lake Tahoe Marathon Race Director Les Wright. “Over the last few years, we have consistently attracted some of the country’s best runners. It’s an honor to host these folks and introduce them to the scenic beauty of Lake Tahoe.”

Unlike other marathons, the first man or woman to cross the finish line at the LTM receives $1,000, with the women getting a 30-minute head-start. These winning athletes are compensated for housing and free entry in future Lake Tahoe Marathon races.

Joseph Maina Ngunjiri of British Columbia holds the official Lake Tahoe Marathon record with a time of 2:30:55 set in 2001.

The Lake Tahoe Marathon event, coined “a Saturday morning run you’ll never forget,” starts at Tahoe City’s Commons Beach on the North Shore and finishes at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe. The half-marathon and 10K events, scheduled for the same date, begin on the West Shore with the half-marathon starting at Rubicon Bay and the 10K beginning at Emerald Bay’s Inspiration Point.

The Lake Tahoe Three-Day Triathlon starts Oct. 6 and features kayaking, cycling and running. There’s also 72-mile and 35-mile bike races on Oct. 7.

For the toughest athletes, the fifth annual Tahoe Triple starts Oct. 6, wrapping around the entire lake to meet up with Saturday marathoners for the final day. For short-distance runners, a 5K race is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Valhalla Historic Estates in South Lake Tahoe. A free kids’ fun run will follow the 5K event. All kids will receive a medal and lunch at the finish line.

Participants can pick up their race packets and check out the latest gear and sports-related products at the Sports & Fitness Expo on Oct. 6-7 at the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline. There’s also a Sunset Pasta Cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen on Oct. 7.

For more information, call 530-544-7095 or visit the Lake Tahoe Marathon website at Fees for events vary. The Lake Tahoe Marathon Web site also features a course map and profile.

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