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Lake Tahoe to host four endurance sporting events this weekend

This weekend Lake Tahoe will turn into a hotbed of endurance exploits with four separate events taking place around Tahoe and Truckee.

From distance running and cycling to swimming and paddling, athletes will head into the Truckee-Tahoe area for a weekend filled with long-distance challenges.

Starting on Friday, Sept. 8, the fourth annual Tahoe 200 will get underway, taking roughly 200 runners on a 205.5-mile trek from Homewood Mountain Resort, and around Lake Tahoe on the Tahoe Trim Trail with detours around Mount Rose Wilderness, Granite Chief Wilderness, and to the west of Desolation Wilderness. The route ends back at Homewood Mountain Resort, with the fastest runners taking around 60 hours to complete the loop. The race is organized by Destination Trail and is sponsored by Solomon Running.

The race is also the first 200-mile single loop mountain event in the country, according to Tahoe 200 Social Media and Sponsorship Director Riley Smith, with this year's field of runners representing the largest group of competitors for a 200-mile race in all of North America.

Smith also said this year's race will feature runners from 15 countries with 77 percent of the field being male competitors.

The route features 35,117 feet of elevation gain on its more than 175 miles of single-track trails. The remainder of the route will be run on paved and dirt roads.

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The Tahoe 200 marks the second race in Destination Trail's Triple Crown of 200s. Washington's Bigfoot 200 Endurance is the first stop on the tour, with the Moab 200 Endurance Run scheduled for the finale. More than 25 runners will be looking to complete all three races, according to Smith.

While runners are trudging along trails on the perimeter of the lake, cyclists will also be making a loop around Tahoe, riding in the annual Tour De Tahoe — Bike Big Blue race.

The event is in its 15th year and is organized by Bike the West, which has put on the spring ride around the lake, America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, for the past 25 years.

Cyclists will start at 6:45 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe in South Shore, and pedal the 72 miles around Lake Tahoe before finishing back in the parking lot of the Hard Rock.

With cyclists and runners racing their way around Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series will send competitors straight across with the 22-mile series finale, the Tahoe Fall Classic. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at El Dorado Beach in South Lake, and will then take paddlers across Tahoe to the finish line at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. Registration for the event is still open at a cost of $80 for the 22-mile race and $60 for the 3-mile short course. There's also an option for a 22-mile relay at a cost of $160. Registration will also be available on race day for an increased price. For more information visit TahoeCup.org.

Also on Sunday, the Sierra Open Water Swim Series will wrap up with the series championship at Donner Lake.

The Truckee Swim Classic will cap off the three-part open water swimming series with the crowning of Sierra Swimming champions.

The race will begin and end at Donner Lake's West End Beach with distances ranging from 500 meters up to 2.4 miles. There will also be children's distances ranging from 25 meters up to 200 meters, depending on age.

Registration for the swims are still open, and range between $15 and $100 depending on event and age of competitor. Race day registration will also be available. For more information visit TahoeSwimming.com.