Lake Tahoe Marathon
11 October 2019
The Lake Tahoe Marathon, held in Tahoe city, California, USA.The Lake Tahoe Marathon starts south of Homewood, CA with an optional Early Start at 7am for over-6-hour finishers. The Early Starters are not elgible for any age division awards. The finish line is at Lakeside Beach, about 6 blocks from the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. If you get into town too late to go to the expo, you may pick up your shirt at the finish line and your race number at your start line race morning. Travel bags are only distributed at the expo. The back of your race bib will have the bus schedule and a lot of other important information. As you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with a smile, a finishers medal and a bottle of water. Medical attention will be available if needed and your warm up bag will be nearby. You may want to grab a cold beer before wading into the cold blue waters of Lake Tahoe to sooth your tired feet before heading over to get a hot dog and goodies. Bring your camera, and prepare to be impressed by the sheer beauty of the course. There is little chance of a PR because this course will be all you can handle, so enjoy the day, the beauty, and nice people you will be running with. You may not have a fast time, but you will have a great time at the Lake Tahoe Marathon.
The start line is on H89 at Meadow Road just south of Homewood, CA. Run through the village of Tahoma (mile 2)Small hill between mile 2-3 and then down to lake level again at Meeks Bay (mile 4)Wooded areas with lake views (miles 5-8)Rubicon Bay (mile 8)Enjoy a very scenic 2 miles downhill before beginning the "Hill from Hell" (mile 8). From there you will climb up about 520'. Bagpipes will urge you on to the top (mile 9.5)First look at Emerald Bay (mile 11)Pass Eagle Falls Trail Head where you will be looking into the Desolation Wilderness (mile 11.5) At mile12, head back up hill (200' gain) about 9/10th of a mile to Inspiration Point, which is the start line of the Emerald Bay Half Marathon.From here to the finish is all downhill or flatPass over Taylor Creek Bridge and watch the spawning fire cracker red Kokanee salmon (mile 18)You will loop back out of the estates to Camp Richardson Resort and join the bike path again along the highway continuing past the entrance of Pope Beach and continue on the bike path to South Lake Tahoe.At 15th Street, you will turn into Tahoe Keys (mile 19), running on bike trails and back streets until you eventually finish at Lakeside Beach below the casino's at Stateline.