Three marathons rolled into one |

Three marathons rolled into one

Becky Regan
Race director Les Wright gets ready to start the Lake Tahoe Marathon last year as marathon runners take the starting line on day one at the Emerald Bay Marathon.
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If you go

What: 18th annual Lake Tahoe Marathon

When: 7 a.m. Friday (Emerald Bay Marathon), 7 a.m. Saturday (Cal-Neva Marathon), 7 a.m. Sunday (Tahoe City Marathon)

Where: Watch out for runners on the highways all weekend.

Tickets: $130 for marathon registration


Completing one marathon is a major accomplishment, but some runners will be gunning for three at the Lake Tahoe Marathon this weekend.

More than 2,000 athletes are pouring into South Lake Tahoe for the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Marathon this Sept. 27-29.

The weekend is stacked with options. Athletes will be running, walking, biking, swimming, kayaking or stand-up paddling in 30 different events that are spread from Friday to Sunday. There will, of course, be a traditional-length marathon (26 miles) and half-marathon (13 miles) held around different segments of the lake every day. When the weekend is finished, every mile of highway around the lake will be covered.

The Emerald Bay Marathon is up first. Runners will take off at 7 a.m. on Friday from Emerald Bay and make their way to Spooner Lake for the finish. Runners will be back at it the same time Saturday for marathon number two from Spooner Summit to Tahoe City, known as the Cal-Neva Marathon.

The weekend ends the same way it originally started, with the traditional Lake Tahoe Marathon. The final run starts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City and wraps up at Pope Beach near South Lake Tahoe.

Half-marathoners will start at the same times and same places as the full-distant runners.

The Friday Emerald Bay Half Marathon and the three-day Half Marathon Trifecta are now sold out, but everything else was open as of Thursday afternoon. Online registration is already closed, but late registering will continue at the Expo today and Saturday.

There will be road closures and delay throughout the weekend. For a complete schedule and more information about road closures and delays visit

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