Get ready for the marathon |

Get ready for the marathon

The Lake Tahoe Marathon offers a series of free trail runs during Marathon Week, Oct. 1 to Oct. 8. The runs are geared for locals and visiting runners.Trail run highlights include 5:15 a.m. jogs into Tahoe National Forest led by accomplished ultra runner Avril Harcourt on Monday, Oct. 2, through Friday, Oct. 6. For more information, contact Harcourt at 577-1689.South Shore resident Paula Williams will host an easy run from the Horizon Hotel to Nevada Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Interested runners should meet Williams at the Horizon Hotel front desk at 10 a.m. That same evening long-time runner Dave Cotter will lead a jog around historic lakefront mansions at Fallen Leaf Lake. For more information, contact Cotter at 542-3424.A four-mile round-trip jog will be hosted by marathon race director Les Wright on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 8 a.m. The run, on old logging trails, starts at 6,600 feet, climbs 200 feet and then drops 500 feet. For more information, contact Wright at 544-7095.Run out and back on Lake Tahoe’s popular Rim Trail on Friday, Oct. 6, with Carol Rapaz. The group will meet at the rim trailhead on Kingsbury Grade at 4 p.m. This run, at 7,500 to 8,500 feet, offers gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. For more information, contact Rapaz at (775) 588-5988.For a complete list of trail runs offered during Marathon Week, visit the Lake Tahoe Marathon Web site at Tahoe Marathon has many optionsThe Lake Tahoe Marathon, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8. The race begins at 8 a.m. in Tahoe City, winds down the West Shore and finishes at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe.There’s also a wheelchair and hand-crank chair marathon, marathon walk, marathon relay, half-marathon, half-marathon race walk, 10-k run and 10-k race walk.For participants interested in shorter distances, a 5-k race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. at Camp Richardson Resort in South Lake Tahoe.Young people can participate in a free kids’ fun run, sponsored by the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club, also scheduled for Saturday at Camp Richardson Resort at 10:15 a.m. All children will receive a medal and barbecue lunch at the finish line.Other race week activities include the Tahoe Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, Oct. 6, and on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Horizon Casino Resort in South Lake Tahoe and the Sunset Carbo Loading Cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen on Saturday, Oct. 7. The cruise will depart from South Lake Tahoe’s Ski Run Marina before 5 p.m.This year’s event is expected to draw approximately 2,000 runners. Last year, 1,600 participated in the racing activities.For more information or to register, visit the Lake Tahoe Marathon Web site at or call 544-7095.

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