Hundreds of racers expected for 4th annual Truckee Half Marathon |

Hundreds of racers expected for 4th annual Truckee Half Marathon

Truckee’s Steve Woo runs during last year's Truckee Marathon. Woo took first place overall in the marathon distance, finishing the race with a time of 3:48:34. This year's race features a half marathon distance and will be held on Sunday at Alibi Ale Works.
Courtesy of Harry Lefrak / Lefrak Photography.

The fourth annual Truckee Half Marathon will take place this Sunday, bringing hundreds of runners from the start line in Historic Downtown Truckee, around Donner Lake and back.

This year the event, which is produced by Big Blue Adventure, was moved up from its usual September date and the marathon portion has been removed.

“That’s a big change for us,” said Big Blue Adventure Director of Operations Bryan Rickards during an interview with the Sierra Sun earlier this year. “We’re just going to do the half (marathon), and in addition to that, we’re going to have a 5K as well and a kid’s race.”

The marathon was removed from the lineup, according to Rickards, due to race logistics and the major road crossings along the route, while the date of the race was moved up to take advantage of a time when less events are being held around the region.

“There’s just so many fall half marathons and marathons,” said Rickards ahead of this Sunday’s half marathon. “In California, it’s the busiest time for those types of races, so we wanted to take it out of the competitive time zone, and move it into more of the heart of the busier season here.”

Racing begins at 7:30 a.m., and takes the field of runners from the staging area at Alibi Ale Works around Donner Lake, before returning to Alibi via Northwoods Boulevard and the Trout Creek Trail. This will be the first year the race and Alibi Ale Works have partnered.

“That’s new this year,” said Rickards. “We’re calling it a beer-athon. The start and finish is going to be right by Alibi. We’ll have live music, food, beer, and a bunch of vendors.”

Public roads and trails will be open during the event. There will be intermittent traffic stops as runners cross California State Route 89 at the beginning of the race and at the end as the field crosses Jibboom Street.

There will also be an out-and-back, 5-kilometer distance on Trout Creek Trail, as well as the inaugural children’s race. There are roughly 275 racers expected to compete across the half marathon and 5-kilometer distances, according to Rickards.

The day’s festivities include an outdoor beer garden, and live music by Cattywampus beginning at noon.

Also new this year, the race is being sponsored by Reno-based nutrition company Nutrient Foods, who will be sampling their product at the event.

Registration can be done online until Friday. Entry to the half marathon is $75, the 5-kilometer race is $45, and the children’s race is $11. On-site registration will also be available on race day for an additional cost.

To register or for more information, visit

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at

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