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Lake Tahoe Marathon a myriad of runners

Mike Traum

The second running of the Lake Tahoe Marathon on Oct. 11 and 12, has a little something for everyone, from a Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, to Sunday’s Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and a 10K and Half Marathon Race-Walk. Plus there are special starts for marathon walkers and marathon joggers. There will also be wheel chair and crank chair divisions.

The courses are all point to point, running south along the West Shore of Lake Tahoe with all events using the same finish line. The north bound land of the course (Emerald Bay Road) will be closed to traffic. Timing will end at 1 p.m. and the road will open to northbound traffic at noon. The last three miles are on the bike path.

The marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. on Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City overlooking the Truckee River Dam and Lake Tahoe. The first 13 miles are flat or rolling, running along the edge of the lake overlooking marinas, past rich rustic homes, through sleepy Tahoma, and then joining the Half Marathon course at Meeks Bay.

The marathon walkers and joggers will start earlier, 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. respectively and must respect oncoming traffic until 6:45 a.m. by walking or jogging on the shoulder or bike path. The walkers and joggers will receive the same finish medal and other goodies as the regular marathon.

The Half Marathon and Half Marathon Race Walk start at 8:30 and 8:35 a.m. at Meeks Bay near Rubicon Realty and are rolling for the first two miles before starting a challenging climb of 600 feet over 1.9 miles to the north rim of Emerald Bay, then down for 200 feet over 2.3 miles and back up 200 feet over 0.8 miles, then joins the 10K course here.

The 10K and 10K Race Walk start at the summit overlooking Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake and Tahoe itself. This may be the most beautiful race anywhere, and it is all downhill. The first three miles have breathtaking views of lakes, mountains and aspen groves in full fall color. The 10K and 10K Race-Walk start at 8:30 and 8:35 a.m. respectively.

The 5K is run on the bike path of the last three miles of the marathon and starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes a flat two miles past firecracker-red kokanee salmon spawning up Taylor Creek, state parks and historic Camp Richardson Resort. The final mile will be either down a wooded bike path to the city limit sign of South Lake Tahoe or, with government approval, the finish may become a beachfront finish along Pope Beach. The 5K will be limited to the first 300 entrants.

The Marathon Relay, a five-person team, runs the same course and starts with the marathoners at 7:30 a.m. The legs are 6.2, 5.0, 4.6, 3.9 and 6.4. One chase car is allowed to follow the race and pick up teammates. Be sure to name your team … women, men and coed.

Wheel chair and hand crank chairs will start at 6:55 a.m. Competitors should plan on staying in the Tahoe City area and have a support vehicle.

Kids’ Fun Run will be Saturday morning at 10 a.m. For details, call 544-7095.


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