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Tahoe marathon next week

Steve Yingling

It hasn’t taken long for runners around the world to learn about the Lake Tahoe Marathon.

The second-year marathon from Tahoe City to Pope Beach already has more than twice as many entrants as the inagural run with a week left before the Oct. 12 event. So far, 830 runners are entered in the marathon and three other distance races.

“We’re way ahead of the game,” said marathon race director Les Wright, who expects to surpass the coveted 1,000 mark by race day. “On race day, there are lot that will get up in the morning, and if it’s not raining and they don’t have an injury, they’ll come out and do it. 10-20 percent of people.

Even though a cash purse isn’t offered to winners, two champion marathoners have entered.

Yugoslavia’s Srba Nikolic, who won this year’s Big Sur Marathon and the Philadelphia Marathon and has a career-best time 2 hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds entered in September.

Also, Paul Rosser, a former champion in the Desert News and St. George marathons, intends to compete. In addition, Rosser has finished second in the 1995 St. George Marathon and third in the 1996 Big Sur Marathon. He also was a member of the 1996 U.S. World Cup Marathon that competed in Athens.

Runners can register for the marathon and a number of other races right up until the respective starting times. The 26.2-mile marathon commences at 7:30 a.m.in Tahoe City. Other starting times and places are: marathon walk and job, 7 a.m.; half marathon, 8:30 a.m., Rubicon Realty in Meeks Bay; wheelchair, 7:25 a.m.; marathon relay, 7:30 a.m., Tahoe City; and 5K and 10K run, 9 a.m., Emerald Bay.

Entry fees until Oct. 11 are marathon, walk, jog, wheelchair, $55; marathon relay, $150; half marathon, race walk, $40; 10K, 10K race walk, $30; and 5K, $25. On race the rates rise slightly to $60 for the marathon, walk, jog; $175 for marathon relay, $45 for half marathon, race walk; $35 for 10K, 10K race walk; and $30 for the race walk.

Entry blanks can be picked up at Tahoe Sports Ltd., the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Lake Tahoe Sporting Goods, the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Footlocker and Fleet Feet at Incline Village. You can also download an entry blank off the internet by accessing http://www.laketahoemarathon.com

For the first time, the runs will conclude at scenic Pope Beach, which abuts scenic Lake Tahoe. Last year, the races wound up on State Route 89.

For more information, phone Wright at 544-7095.


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