The Tahoe Midnight Express Ultra
A Saturday -Sunday you will never
September 13-14, 2014
A 9 PM start with an 18 hour limit.
Plus see the new
(The Cal Neva &
or see the
Double Dare (2 x 72 Miles) or the Triple Dare (3 x 72
If you have questions
contact our Tahoe Double Marathon and the 72 Ultra director,
Lucia Lake 1-(707)-334-6884
Jon Paul Gallery
Jon Olson ran the second best time ever for the
72 mile Ultra on September 30, 2012
The 72 Mile Tahoe Ultra will
start between the entrance of Pope Beach the City limits sign on
Highway 89 just north of South Lake Tahoe.
The official start line for the 72 is on the bike path approximately one half mile south of Pope
Beach entrance and the finish line, and about 15 yards off Hwy 89. It
will be completely dark without any street lights for the first half
mile or so.
You will run on bike path, city
streets, and sidewalks while in California until you get to the
Marathon Course in Tahoe City.
The 72 mile finish line is inside Pope
Beach, same as the Marathon and other races.
All runners for the 72 miler MUST be lit with night reflecting gear, flashing lights
that will not be missed by approaching cars, and head lamps or
flashlights. Runners who show up at the start line without these
lights will not be able to run the race. This rule will be strictly
enforced and is for every runners safety.
There will be an orientation meeting at
the Expo on Saturday afternoon. (see time line for details)
The Saturday-Sunday Ultra will travel counter
clockwise around Lake Tahoe.
The Ultra will finish at the
Marathon Finish on Pope Beach.
Start time is
9 PM on Saturday night.
There will be a 18 hour time limit
(3 pm on Sunday afternoon.)
The first 46 miles will be
unsupported after the start. You will need a support vehicle and
Support vehicle-person will be
allowed to support up to 3 runners maximum.
The support vehicle-person will need
to monitor your well being and tend to your nutritional needs for the
first 46 miles.
Mile 46 is the start line area of
the Lake Tahoe Marathon.
The last 26.2 miles will be
supported during the time of the Lake Tahoe Marathon.
See Time Line on main menu.
No whiners or woosies please.
You are required to have a
support vehicle-person for the first 46 miles. 3 runners
per support vehicle maximum.
All runners for
the 72 miler MUST be lit with night reflecting gear,
flashing lights that will not be missed by approaching cars,
and head lamps or flashlights. Runners who show up at the
start line without these lights will not be able to run the
race. This rule will be strictly enforced and is for every
The start line has no lights, except
for what you wear, for the first half mile. (Ultra Director Lucia Lake will start you
and will lead you out of the darkness)
The first 9-10 miles will have
street lights as you go through South Lake Tahoe, Stateline, and Round
You will need a light and reflective
clothing and some flashing safety lights on your clothes.
Traffic will be very light during
the middle of the night, but never the less dangerous
The course is on the road with a few
bike paths to move on to whenever possible.
Shoulders are narrow in several
places and especially going up Highway 50 towards Spooner Summit from
The Cave Rock tunnel (about 40 yards
long) is at about the 13 mile mark and has a very narrow shoulder and
sidewalk and is dark.
Note: The (one
day) Around the Lake 72 mile ultra record is held by Rae Clark with a
time of approximately 9:06:11 set in 1982. Find the Sept 2009
story on Peter Lubbers
Rae Clark 2009
(Photo by Chris Hosmer)
72 Mile Ultra
Car pooling or adoption requests are posted here.
Send email to
LesWright@sbcglobal.net to get posted.
Eric Johnson would like to be adopted for
the 72 miler.
His email is: email@example.com
Peter Lubbers GPS 2006 account of
first 46 miles of the Midnight Express 72 mile ultra,
before batteries went dead. Click on link below
5" stand up Finishers Medal for your desk
Embroidered travel bag
license plate holder
Marathon finishers neck medal
Overall trophy for male and female
All entrants get:
Event Wind Shirt
Finish Line hoopla
A Saturday night and Sunday morning run you will never forget