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Skynrod misses goal but wins Tahoe Triple

Jeremy Evans

With slicked-back hair and a cigarette dangling from his lip, Reno’s Lynryd Skynrod looked more like a Hell’s Angel recruit than a distance runner trying to break a world record on Saturday at Pope Beach. But looks can be deceiving.

Down to a pack of cigarettes per day, the 27-year-old Skynrod won the Tahoe Triple (three marathon in three days) in a time of 8 hours, 35 minutes on Saturday but came up short of the record. His three-day time was about 25 minutes slower than South African Johan Oosthuizen, who set the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Aggregate Time – Three Marathons in Three Days” last year with a time of 8:11:08.

“I was going to go for the world record, but I didn’t find it very easy,” said Skynrod, who was wearing all black and had a small entourage waiting for him at the finish line. “It was more difficult than I thought. The first day I was on pace to do it, but I think I went too hard the first day.”

Skynrod ran Thursday’s first leg from Emerald Bay to Spooner Summit in 2:39, a time that would’ve beaten marathon winner Tony Torres’ time of 2:44 on Saturday. However, his third-day marathon time of 3:09 damaged his goal of breaking the record.

With a hint of sarcasm, he said he cut back to a pack of cigarettes a day while training for the Tahoe Triple. He mentioned giving up his dream of breaking the world record to run in the one-day marathon next year.

“Anytime there is money on the table, that is when I am going to go for it,” said Skynrod, who sported a black mustache with handlebars coming down the side of his mouth. “I might do the marathon next year since it’s $1,000 to the winner, and it’s easier. Sounds like an easy grand to me.”

Cycling record stays intact

There were rumors that someone would attempt to break the record for cycling around Lake Tahoe (3 hours, 1 minute) this week. But the record is still intact after Jeff Angerman won the 72-mile bike race in conjunction with Lake Tahoe Marathon Week on Friday with a time of 3:06.23 – five minutes off the record pace.

Darren Lisel of Concord was the 10K men’s overall winner as he finished the race in 35:15.24 seconds. Mary Klever of Colorado Springs, Colo., was the women’s overall winner (37:02.31).

Due to timing issues, the winners of the half marathon weren’t available at press time.

2008 marathon moving to Sunday

Since 98 percent of the marathon participants aren’t from Lake Tahoe, race director Les Wright has decided to change the day next year’s race to accommodate out-of-town travelers. Instead of on a Saturday, the 2008 Lake Tahoe Marathon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28.

“There are people driving up from the Bay Area on Friday night and running a marathon on Saturday morning,” Wright said. “That makes it too difficult for too many people.”

As a result, the 5K and Kids’ Fun Run will move from Sunday, Sept. 28 to Saturday, Sept. 27.


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