Lake Tahoe Marathon Week has arrived |

Lake Tahoe Marathon Week has arrived

Julie Sullivan/Sun News Service file photoBicyclists in this file photo race by Emerald Bay during the Lake Tahoe Marathon Week's 72-mile ultramarathon.

Interested athletes can register for any of the Lake Tahoe Marathon Week events right up to race day, but entry costs will be more if you do.

For all weekend events, registration can be done on either Thursday or Friday at the expo at Horizon.

Thursday’s expo is from 5-9 p.m., while Friday’s expo is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Online registration at is the most popular method for entering an event. The Web site also has a list of this week’s races.

Who better to lead marathoners on a historic run on Thursday than longtime running phenom Neal Chappell of Stateline?

Chappell added to his running resume last weekend by winning the national masters road racing championship for participants 65 and older. His winning time in the 10K in Paso Robles, Calif., was 42 minutes, 25 seconds.

“I ran 2 seconds faster than last year, I can’t believe it, Chappell said.

The national champion will lead entrants for this week’s Lake Tahoe Marathon on a 3-mile historic run from the Horizon through Kahle Meadow to Nevada Beach at 5 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s a fun run, so we don’t go too fast,” Chappell said.

Johan Oosthuizen of England won’t be focused on finishing the grueling Tahoe Triple that starts Thursday; he wants to set a world record in the process.

Oosthuizen will try to break the Guinness Book World Record for fastest aggregate time for running a marathon in three consecutive days.

Reportedly, the current record is held by countryman Raymond Hubbard at 8 hours, 22 minutes and 31 seconds. Consequently, Oosthuizen will need to average 2 hours, 47 minutes per marathon to break the record.

There is added incentive. LTM race director Less Wright tenders a $500 cash purse to the male and female with the top combined times over the three races.

Oosthuizen may have some company at the top as defending champion Thomas Reiss of San Luis Obispo broke nine hours in winning his first Tahoe Triple last year.

“You’re awesome,” said four-time winner Sean Meissner of Sisters, Ore., while congratulating Reiss for his record winning time of 8:55.02 last year. “I’m in awe of him.”

Meissner, who won the Triple the previous four years, was a distant fourth at 10:01:36.

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