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21st Lake Tahoe Marathon weekend to feature more than 1,500 runners

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
Runners gather at the start line before the 2015 Emerald Bay Half Marathon during last year's Lake Tahoe Marathon weekend. The event returns Oct. 7-9.
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21st Lake Tahoe Marathon weekend schedule

Friday, Oct. 7

7 a.m. — Lakeside Marathon

9 a.m. — Nevada Half Marathon

5 p.m. — Historic Fun Run to Nevada Beach

Saturday, Oct. 8

7 a.m. — Cal-Neva Marathon

9 a.m. — Carnelian Bay Half Marathon

9 p.m. — Midnight Express 72 Mile Ultra

Sunday, Oct. 9

8 a.m. — Lake Tahoe Marathon

8 a.m. — 16.6 Miler

8:20 a.m. — Edgewood Tahoe 10K

8:30 a.m. — Super Hero 5K Pumpkin Run

9:30 a.m. — Optimist Kids Pumpkin Runs

10 a.m. — Emerald Bay Half Marathon

More online: Visit laketahoemarathon.com to learn more about Lake Tahoe Marathon weekend.

LAKE TAHOE — More than 1,500 runners will flock to the Tahoe region this weekend for the 21st Lake Tahoe Marathon. At an array of distances during the three-day event, most of them won’t be aiming for a top time.

“This is not a personal record course, it’s a PW course — personal worst,” event director Les Wright said. “People come here to have a good time, they’re not going to get a good time.”

The weekend’s title event begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, and runs from Homewood through South Lake Tahoe before ending at Lakeside Beach. The Lake Tahoe Marathon is one of 12 races during the weekend, in addition to a health and fitness expo Friday and Saturday on the South Shore.

“It’s special because of the scenery,” Wright said of the races. “We keep it friendly and low-key — we have a lot of fun with it. It’s a great event.”

The weekend kicks off Friday morning with the Lakeside Marathon, which takes runners from Lakeside Beach to Incline Village.

Friday also features the Nevada Half Marathon that starts at Spooner Summit, a historic fun run to Nevada Beach with Neal Chappell and the expo from 5-8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Cal-Neva Marathon from Sand Harbor to Homewood kicks things off at 7 a.m. The Carnelian Bay Half Marathon hits the ground at 9 a.m., and the Midnight Express 72 Mile Ultra starts in the dark 12 hours later — the expo runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The weekend comes to a close with six events Sunday, including the Edgewood Tahoe 10K and Super Hero 5K Pumpkin Run at 8:20 and 8:30 a.m.

The course for both races features stretches on the scenic South Shore golf course, and those running in costume for the 5k event get a one-minute head start.

The kids race begins at 10 a.m. near the marathon’s finish line at Lakeside Beach, and is open to children between the ages of 1 and 10. The free event hosted by Optimist Club features distances that vary by age, from 30 yards to a half-mile.

“If folks in town have kids, bring them on down to run,” Wright said.

Some participants will aim to tackle a marathon each day to earn the “triple marathon” distinction by the end of the weekend. Those that attempt a half-marathon each day are recognized with a “trifecta” medal.

“We have a lot of people come back every year, and they come from all over the country and around the world,” Wright said, adding that this year’s field includes runners from Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Taiwan. “We have the usual suspects coming back.”

For the second straight year, Sunday’s marathon will run through South Lake Tahoe before finishing at Lakeside Beach. Wright suggested Lakeview Commons as a good site to view the race.

“It’s a nice little city course,” Wright said. “Anybody out in town that wants to come and help, we’ll find something for them.”

Share the road

With the Lake Tahoe Marathon happening this weekend, several races will take place on main highways across the Tahoe region. Below is a snapshot of expected delays and detours.

On Friday, there will be runners on the shoulder of the road between South Lake Tahoe and Incline Village. One westbound lane of U.S. Highway 50 at Cave Rock will be coned off for runners between 8 and 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday, there will be runners on the shoulder of the road or bike paths from Sand Harbor on highway 28 to just south of Homewood on Highway 89 for the Cal Neva Marathon, which runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also Saturday, the Carnelian Bay Half Marathon runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to just south of Homewood. There will be a detour onto McKinney Road to create a safe finish area for the runners.

On Sunday, the Lake Tahoe Marathon, Emerald Bay Half Marathon and other races will run between Homewood and South Lake Tahoe between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. The McKinney Road detour just south of Homewood will again be in effect from 6:30 to 8 a.m.

Further, Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay will be closed to southbound traffic from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. for the start of the Emerald Bay Half Marathon, and northbound traffic on Highway 89 will be closed near Spring Creek between 7 and 11 a.m. Anyone planning on visiting Emerald Bay should wait until after 11 a.m. Sunday.