Lake Tahoe Marathon & Half Marathon
Lake Tahoe, CA USA
Sunday, September 28, 2014
If you are looking for a change of pace in a place that just happens to include a freshwater lake, breathtaking views, high altitudes and its own personal island, Lake Tahoe, located on the border of California and Nevada, may be just what you are looking for. Add a little health, wellness, fun and athletics in the form of walking, running, biking, golfing and kayaking and you have the perfect ingredients for the most supreme Lake Tahoe Marathon experience.
Three days of marathon bliss with unobstructed, unadulterated views is what you will find by participating in the Lake Tahoe Marathon. It is comprised of over 30 events for men, women and children of all ages. There is literally something for everyone including those challenging races not for the faint of heart.
Several events include the 5K and 10k, three different Half Marathons called the Tahoe Trifecta, and the 20 Miler. Some courses are mapped out along the west shore of Lake Tahoe. These includes the hills around the famous Emerald Bay which is known as "one of the most photographed places on Earth" and is also a National Natural Landmark. Others such as the 10k begin at the magnificent Inspiration Point which overlooks Emerald Bay and its vibrant variations of sparkling green water.
Hard-hitting courses include the 72 Mile Midnight Express Ultra Marathon which is one lap around Lake Tahoe, the three day Tahoe Triple Marathon which is three different marathons in three days, and the Super Triple Marathon. The Three Day Tahoe Triple Marathon covers the entire lake and both states. The Super Triple Marathon includes the first two marathons of the triple as well as the 72 Mile Midnight Express. This means instead of experiencing sweet dreams when it's time for bed, you just keep running. There is also the 50 Miler, The Tahoe Double Dare and The Tahoe Triple Dare which happens to be three laps around the lake.
Triathlon lovers would certainly appreciate the Lake Tahoe Triathlon. This event includes kayaking and swimming one day, cycling on another and running on the final day. For Golf aficionados Speed Golf is available at the Tahoe Paradise Golf Course which displays a 4034 yard course. Others may participate in Kid Fun Runs, the 35 Mile Bike Ride, the 5 Mile Kayak and much more. Let's not forget the Sunset Pasta Cruise and the Finish Line Lunch.
If you are interested in additional sightseeing, Fannette Island which is only accessible by canoe, boat, or kayak may be of interest to you. It houses only one stone structure called the "Tea House" built during the late 1920's. Swimming to the island is not allowed due to excessive cold waters, boat traffic, and lack of lifeguards.
If you ever decide to tally all of the great experiences and amenities of the Lake Tahoe Marathon, especially the picturesque Lake Tahoe itself, it is probably safe to say, it's not a bad run. No pun intended. At the end of the day, awards are aplenty.