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Ironman Lake Tahoe expands lineup

Athletes plunge into the lake at the start of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe triathlon in 2013. The event is set to return this Sunday after being canceled last year due to heavy wildfire smoke.

Athletes plunge into the lake at the start of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe triathlon in 2013. The event is set to return this Sunday after being canceled last year due to heavy wildfire smoke.

For the first time in the United States, Ironman and Ironman 70.3 will take place on the same day when Ironman Lake Tahoe returns to the North Shore on Sept. 21.

The Ironman 70.3 race, also known as a Half Ironman, will lead athletes through a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run on the same terrain as the full-distance Ironman Lake Tahoe triathlon.

The Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe is the 25th race in the U.S. Series. Last year’s inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe sold out registration within a day.

“As Ironman expands globally, there is an increased desire for athletes from all regions to have similar opportunities,” said Steve Meckfessel, managing director of Global Race Operations for Ironman. “Lake Tahoe is a perfect venue for this program as it allows athletes with different fitness levels and goals to experience everything Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region has to offer.”

General registration for Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe is now open at www.ironman.com/laketahoe70.3. For more information visit www.ironman.com.