Local runners entered in Tahoe Rim Trail races | SierraSun.com

Local runners entered in Tahoe Rim Trail races

Eight local area runners are entered in the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50-Mile/100-Mile Endurance Run scheduled to be held Saturday at Spooner Lake.

The list of participants includes Truckee residents Erich Peitzsch, Jeff Swan, Peter Fain, Wendy Robinson, Stephanie Hiemstra and Ralph Johnson, along with Olympic Valley’s Kip Garre and David Johnson of Kings Beach.

Peitzsch is entered in the 100-mile race, which is being held for the first time, while Swan and David Johnson are due to run the 50-miler. Fain, Robinson, Hiemstra, Ralph Johnson and Garre are entered in the 50-kilometer (31 miles) race.

This marks the fifth running of the Tahoe Rim Trail event (the 2004 event was canceled due to a wildfire). This year’s event has already attracted a total of 373 entries.

The 50K race is also serving as the Road Runners Club of America 50K National Championship. Fain finished sixth in last year’s Tahoe Rim Trail 50K in a time of 9 hours, 44 minutes, 54 seconds. Earlier this year, Fain won the Muir Woods Marathon (3:17:30) and he finished fourth overall (1:41:52) at the Escape from Prison Hill Half Marathon in Carson City on April 30.

The event’s inaugural 100-mile race will start at 5 a.m., while the 50K and 50-mile races start at 6.

It’s a challenging event, as can be seen from the start/finish at Spooner Lake State Park, located at just over 7,000 feet. The highest point in the course is 9,000 feet, north of the Snow Valley Peak Aid Station. The elevation of Snow Valley Peak is 9,214 feet.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Tahoe Rim Trail Association trail maintenance program and the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks backcountry mountain bike safety patrol. The event is presented by the Tahoe Mountain Milers and Carson City-based Sagebrush Stompers.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. For information about volunteering, contact Renee Gorevin at (530) 318-0516 or by e-mail at rgorevin@yahoo.com. For more information about the races, contact co-directors David Cotter or Kevin Bigler via e-mail at trt50k50m@sbcglobal.net, or go to http://www.tahoemtnmilers.org.

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