Lake Tahoe Marathon week begins Oct. 9
The Lake Tahoe Marathon, one of the region’s premier sporting events, will kick off Marathon Race Week Tuesday, Oct. 9.The six-day event offers a variety of running programs. The festivities run through Sunday, Oct. 14, winding up with the annual Lake Tahoe Marathon.The fun begins Tuesday, Oct. 9 with an early morning guided trail run into Tahoe National Forest. There’s also an evening volunteer meeting at the Boat House (behind the Beacon) in South Lake Tahoe.Trail runs continue Wednesday, Oct. 10 with another guided run, set for 5:15 a.m., into Tahoe National Forest and an evening four-mile jog around the historic mansions at Fallen Leaf Lake.On Thursday, Oct. 11, locals and visitors have their pick of three guided trail runs. There’s a jog out and back into Tahoe National Forest, a run hosted by the Marathon race director and an evening sunset trail run through Kahle Meadow to Nevada Beach, all in South Lake Tahoe.The Lake Tahoe Marathon’s new event, the Ultra Three-Day Stage Marathon (three marathons in three days), debuts Friday, Oct. 12. More than 20 participants are currently registered for this endurance run. Racers will run counterclockwise around the lake starting in South Lake Tahoe. That night, runners can pick up their race packets and check out the latest gear at the Tahoe Sports & Fitness Expo at the Embassy Suites Resort on the South Shore.On Saturday, Oct. 13, ultra runners will complete the second leg of the Three-Day Stage Marathon, finishing in Tahoe City. For participants interested in shorter distances, a 5K Race is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Valhalla Historic Estates in South Lake Tahoe.A free Kids’ Fun Run, sponsored by the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club, will follow the 5k event. All kids will receive a medal and lunch at the finish line. Also scheduled for Saturday is a new Marathon Lake and Course Tour, a pre-race lakeside tour, scheduled for 11:30 a.m., a great opportunity for participants to view the course firsthand.That night, Embassy Suites Resort will again host the Tahoe Sports & Fitness Expo. Locals and visitors can also take part in the Marathon Sunset Carbo-Loading Cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen, a historic Mississippi paddlewheeler, which departs from South Lake Tahoe’s Ski Run Marina at 5:30 p.m.On Race Day, Sunday, Oct. 14, the Lake Tahoe Marathon will host the Marathon, final stage of the Ultra Event, Wheelchair Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half-Marathon and 10k Run.For spectators, there’s a special Spectator Bus that will pick up passengers at designated spots in South Lake Tahoe at approximately 7 a.m. The Bus will stop in Tahoe City for the start of the Marathon, at the 13-mile mark for the start of the Half-Marathon and at Emerald Bay’s Eagle Falls. Tickets are $25/adult and $15/per child. There’s also a new VIP Post-Race Gourmet Lunch at the finish line for $15/person, which is limited to 100.The Lake Tahoe Marathon, in its sixth year, is expected to draw approximately 2,800 runners.A portion of the proceeds will benefit the New York Police and Fire Departments, North Tahoe High School Cross Country Team, South Tahoe High School Cross Country Team, Boys & Girls Club, South Tahoe High School Jr. Naval ROTC, South Tahoe High School Golf Team, South Tahoe French Club, South Tahoe Dug Out Club, South Tahoe High School Girls Basketball Team and the South Tahoe Middle School Club Live.For more information about Marathon Race Week or to register for Sunday’s events, call (530) 544-7095 or visit the Lake Tahoe Marathon Web site at http://www.laketahoemarathon. com. Marathon registration fees are $75 until Oct. 13 and $90 on race day. Race fees for other events vary.
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