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.

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.