Lake Tahoe Marathon begins Sunday | SierraSun.com

Lake Tahoe Marathon begins Sunday

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

The Lake Tahoe Marathon was first held six years ago with 350 registered athletes.

This year, the race which begins in Tahoe City, winds down the West Shore and finishes at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe, is anticipating over 2,800 runners and walkers.

The courses’ breathtaking views and challenging terrain have generated a considerable buzz in the running community since its inception, and the May issue of Runners World magazine featured the course as one of the most beautiful places in the world to run.

“A Sunday morning run you won’t soon forget” is the marathon’s mantra, as the courses’ combination of altitude, 1.55 miles of climbing and steep downhill perched above Lake Tahoe is far from your average morning route.

Runners from Germany, South Africa and New Zealand will be making the trek to Tahoe to participate in Sunday’s race, which includes a wheelchair marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10 Kilometer run, 5K and a new Ultra Marathon which challenges runners to complete three marathons in three days.

Unlike many marathons that have separate female and male winners, this event pits every marathoner against the next to compete for a $1,000 purse. The women are issued a 27-minute head start – a handicap based on the difference between the men’s and women’s course records.

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On race day, Highway 89 will be closed to northbound traffic from Spring Creek to Tahoe City from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Southbound traffic will continue, but motorists may encounter delays for various race events starting at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, Glen Street in Rubicon and Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay.

Pre-registration is available for all events at http://www.laketahoemarathon.com or by phone at (530) 544-7095. Race day registration is also available at Camp Richardson.