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Tahoe-Truckee sports briefs: Tahoe 200 Endurance run kicks off Friday

Staff report

The third annual Tahoe 200 Endurance Run will kick off this weekend at Homewood Mountain Resort. The 200-mile, single-loop mountain race — the only such race in the United States — will start on Friday, Sept. 9, and run until Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The route circumnavigates Lake Tahoe from the Tahoe Rim Trail, occasionally detouring to explore aspen meadows, rock gardens, canopied forests and long ridge lines with stunning views.

According to race officials, this year's Tahoe 200 will feature an international field of some of the most elite runners and adventure athletes in the world. Participants are given 100 hours to complete the challenging course. Visit tahoe200.com to learn more.

New pickleball courts open at Squaw Valley

Pickleball is one of America's fastest growing sports, and now aficionados have beautiful new courts to play it at Squaw Valley Park in Olympic Valley.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and pingpong. It's played like tennis, only with pingpong-like paddles and a wiffle-style ball.

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As interest in the sport has grown, a group of local enthusiasts assembled a temporary court in the corner of the park's parking lot. It quickly became a popular amenity, demonstrating a need for permanent courts at the park.

Placer County hosted a grand opening ceremony for the new courts Sept. 1. John Sproehnle led the community's support for building permanent courts at the park.

"These are fabulous courts," he said. "They're the only truly dedicated pickelball courts between Sacramento and Reno, and they're a wonderful free amenity anyone can enjoy."

Major funding for the $325,000 project was provided by local park dedication fees.

Humane Society to hosts inaugural golf tournament

The Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe will host its first Balls in the Ruff Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 16, at Tahoe Donner Golf Course.

The scramble-style tournament, benefiting homeless pets in and around the community, will tee off at noon. Entry costs $150, including 18 holes of golf with a cart, a golfer goody bag and an awards barbecue dinner.

There will also be a raffle and fun pet-themed contests holes on the course, including a Wheel of "Furtune" and the Lab Lob. Additionally, there will be a hole with a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one, while another hole has a Hawaiian trip for two for a hole-in-one.

Visit hstt.org to register as well as purchase additional dinner tickets for those not playing, which are $40.

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