Lake Tahoe Marathon adds ultra division |

Lake Tahoe Marathon adds ultra division

The Oct. 14 Lake Tahoe Marathon will tender a new three-day ultra race this year in addition to its 26.2-mile marathon.

The unique race, titled the Tahoe Ultra Three-Day Stage Marathon, is truly geared for ultra runners. Participants will run three marathons in three days all along the Lake Tahoe shoreline, Oct. 12 to 14.

The first-day participants will race south from historic Emerald Bay to Spooner Summit on Tahoe’s East Shore. The second day, racers will run west from Spooner to Tahoe City on the North Shore. On the last day, runners will join Lake Tahoe marathon participants in Tahoe City and race down the scenic West Shore, finishing at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe.

Ultra racers will run the entire 72 miles around Lake Tahoe, plus a six-mile overlap for a total of 78.6 miles. The event is an excellent warm-up for those training for 100-mile endurance runs.

Although only in its sixth year, the Lake Tahoe Marathon already is one of the area’s top sporting events, drawing world-class racers and recreational runners from across the country. In addition to the marathon, there is a wheelchair and hand crank chair marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, 10K, 5K and free kids’ run.

This year’s marathon is expected to draw approximately 2,500 runners. Last year, 2,100 racers participated.

To register, call (530) 544-7095 or visit the Lake Tahoe Marathon Web site at Marathon registration fees are $75 until Oct. 13 and $90 on race day. Ultra race fees are $50 plus marathon fee.

Two weekends of instruction for those interested in learning the basics of fly-fishing are set for the Hope Valley area this summer. Hope Valley is south of Lake Tahoe at the junction of state Routes 88 and 89. The four one-day classes are scheduled for June 23 and 24, and July 7 and 8.

Each class is taught by licensed guides Pete Pumphrey and Roberta Lagomarsini in conjunction with Sorensen’s Resort. Classes meet at 9 a.m. on the deck at Sorensen’s and last until 1:30 p.m. Classes are informal and unpressured and a great way for a family to learn a new activity together.

Alpenglow simplifies the mysteries of fly-fishing. Participants will learn the fundamentals of equipment, basic casting techniques and knot-tying. The class is in a High Sierra meadow, fishing where students learn fishing strategies, reading water, fly selection and how to land and release their fish. You will be able to put your new skills and knowledge to use fishing for wild trout before the session is completed.

Children 10 years and older are welcome. Equipment is available for participants. Each student must have a California fishing license (available at Sorensen’s). Bring a camera; fishing is catch-and-release. Bring a picnic lunch and sunscreen and be prepared to catch your first tryout on a fly.

For class reservations, contact Sorensen’s Resort at (800) 423-9949 or Alpenglow Angling, at (209) 474-0608. The cost per person is $75. Lodging is available through Sorensen’s Resort.

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