XTERRA Tahoe City set to return to Commons Beach June 27 | SierraSun.com

XTERRA Tahoe City set to return to Commons Beach June 27

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Courtesy of Gene MurrietaA triathlete races through Burton Creek State Park in a past XTERRA Tahoe City. This year's triathlon is scheduled for Saturday starting at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.
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Expect to see some of the region’s top triathletes and mountain bikers compete in the annual XTERRA Tahoe City at Lake Tahoe’s North Shore on Saturday.

and#8220;The venue’s hard to beat,and#8221; said Race Director Todd Jackson. and#8220;It’s a triathlon with a view.and#8221;

The race starts with athletes diving into the brisk waters of Lake Tahoe from Commons Beach for a 1,500-meter swim, followed by a run to the transition area on Grove Street.

Cold? Racers are sure to get their blood flowing as they head up a long climb on their mountain bikes to the Burton Creek State Park trail system for two fast and#8220;lollipopand#8221; laps through the forest and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers in bloom.

After a long descent back to the transition area, athletes switch to running shoes and head back into the woods for a challenging and hilly 10-kilometer trail run.

The race finish couldn’t be more picturesque, with competitors crossing the finish line with and#8220;Big Blueand#8221; as the backdrop. Followed by a post-race barbecue and beer, it’s no wonder racers keep coming back.

and#8220;The race continues to grow each year,and#8221; Jackson said.

As for spectators, there’s plenty to see and do at the venue.

and#8220;Commons Beach is the focal point of Tahoe City,and#8221; Jackson said. and#8220;It’s a great place to spend some time.and#8221;

The event also features a shorter, half-distance off-road triathlon suitable for beginners on Saturday and the Burton Creek Trail Runs the following day featuring a 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon.

For more information and registration go to bigblueadventure.com.