Ironman Lake Tahoe to impact Sunday travel |

Ironman Lake Tahoe to impact Sunday travel

Signs like this one on Highway 28 in Kings Beach have been up throughout the region for several days, notifying drivers of Ironman traffic impacts planned this Sunday.
Margaret Moran / |

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — With more than 2,500 athletes taking to the roads this Sunday for Ironman Lake Tahoe, drivers can expect road closures, traffic delays and detours.

“We ask for your cooperation and understanding on race day as you travel around the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas,” regional officials said. “(We) ask that you proceed with caution and allow for additional travel time to your destination.”

Athletes are encouraged to park at Squaw Valley and ride shuttle buses to Kings Beach. Spectators will be allowed to ride the bus with athletes, but priority will be given to athletes, according to Ironman officials.

Buses will take approximately 20-30 minutes to travel from Squaw Valley to Kings Beach. Athlete buses will operate from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Spectator buses will operate until 6 a.m. Shuttle buses are free.

Return buses from Kings Beach to Squaw Valley for spectators will operate from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Due to traffic impacts, the return trip to Squaw Valley could take 60 minutes or more.

For safety purposes, the following major roads will be impacted:


Highway 28 eastbound and westbound, Fox Street to Highway 267 in Kings Beach, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Detour: Use Fox to Speckled streets.

Highway 89 north, Fairway Drive in Tahoe City to Squaw Valley Road, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Highway 267 southbound, Northstar Drive to Commonwealth Drive in Kings Beach, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Donner Pass Road, Spring to Bridge streets, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highway 89/I-80 eastbound off-ramp, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Highway 89/I-80 westbound on-ramp, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Several residents roadways on the North Shore and in Truckee will also be impacted.

To view the full Ironman Lake Tahoe’s traffic impact guide, go to Go to the “races” tab, and click on “Ironman” to select the Ironman Lake Tahoe race. At the top of the Lake Tahoe race page, click on the “traffic impact guide.”


On Sunday, TART will operate on a modified schedule. Passengers that day can ride free of charge.

Buses will serve some of the normal eastbound North Shore runs between Crystal Bay Stateline and Tahoe City.

The remaining routes will run in a counter-clockwise loop: Tahoe City-Kings Beach-Incline Village-Kings Beach-Truckee via Highway 267-Squaw Valley-Tahoe City-West Shore-Tahoe City. Service will run from 6 a.m. to 7:25 p.m.

There will be gaps in service on route portions near Kings Beach from 7 to 9 a.m. due to the race, however.

To view the modified Sunday TART schedule, go to Click on the “modified route and schedule” link in the pink box.

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