New finish area in the works for Lake Tahoe Marathon |

New finish area in the works for Lake Tahoe Marathon

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Lake Tahoe Marathon director Les Wright says he is “99 percent certain” that the marathon finish will move from Pope Beach to Baldwin Beach this year due to construction considerations.

“It will be at Baldwin Beach unless some miracle happens and they don’t do construct next month at Pope Beach,” Wright said. “They are supposed to tear it up and re-do it (but) I need to call out there. I still don’t know what’s going on.”

The route of the October marathon is not expected to change other than the finish.

“We don’t have the course exactly down yet but we will run back into Baldwin Beach,” Wright said. “The (three) start lines will all be the same.”

The route will pass down Fallen Leaf Lake Road with a turn-around and then up Heritage Road, Wright added.

The marathon on Saturday, Oct. 11 features three different starting lines for the 10K, half marathon and full marathon events.

A 5K is run on Sunday around the historical Valhalla Estates and the edge of the lake. Ultra runners can participate in the Tahoe Triple, formally known as the Ultra 3-Day Stage Marathon. New this year to the week of events is an early start time of 9:03 a.m. for half marathon walkers and an awards and dance party Saturday night at the Horizon.

Several other options are available to the athlete. For more information on the marathon, visit

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