Marathon is no longer enough
More runners are testing their limits during marathon week
By Steve Yingling
Take it to the limit.
That should be the slogan for the annual Lake Tahoe Marathon week, which begins on Tuesday with a race director’s run. If runners want to test the boundaries of their hearts and minds, then the LTM can certainly oblige.
The 26.2-mile marathon has long been replaced by other more grueling events such as triple and ultra marathons. In the triple, runners are required to run a marathon on three successive days, enabling them to complete a loop of Lake Tahoe. If runners prefer to circle the lake all at once, then the ultra is the ticket.
For the few runners that can’t get enough, there might be an answer – the super triple.
Last year, marathon director Les Wright added the super triple marathon, which tests runners with marathons on consecutive days, followed by a 72.2-mile ultra 12 hours after completing their second marathon.
“The triple marathon may be our most asked about or talked about event. Believe me, everyone is talking about it, but few have what it takes to do it,” Wright said.
Five entered the super triple last year, and thus far, eight runners have been brave enough to send in a registration form prior to Thursday’s start.
Like usual, Wright has added to his mix of events. Triathletes can now choose to swim a half mile, mile, a mile and a half or two miles. In addition, a 20-mile bike race from Incline Village to Zephyr Cove augments the existing 35- and 72-mile distances.
“We added this distance to help create a novice division to our triathlon event,” Wright said.
The action-packed week begins with an extreme speed golf competition on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. The multiple marathons commence on Thursday; kayaking and swimming are set for Thursday as well; cycling races are scheduled for Friday, the regular marathon, half marathon and 10K go off on Saturday and the 5K and kids’ race wrap up the week on Sunday. The 5K run/walk will benefit the Angora fire victims and the Susan G Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.
With so many events and details to tend to, Wright welcomes more volunteers.
“Anyone who would like to help put medals around necks, pass out race numbers, wind shirts, or just see the electricity in the runners faces at the finish line, we welcome your help and support,” Wright said.
For more information on marathon week, go to laketahoemarathon.com. To volunteer, contact Jackie at (775) 790-4089.