The 20th Lake Tahoe Marathon+

A Sunday morning run you will never forget!

October 11, 2015

  7:00 a.m. from Commons Beach, Tahoe City, CA
Finish at Pope Beach, South Lake Tahoe, CA


                      This is the original Lake Tahoe Marathon. For some of you this will be the 3rd marathon of  the Triple Marathon.

The  point to point  Sunday Marathon course starts in Tahoe City on Commons Beach
and finishes just south of Camp Richardson and north of the city limits of South Lake Tahoe on Pope Beach.

Use this address to map start area.

Commons Beach Road,
Tahoe City, CA

Start is on Commons Beach behind the Tahoe City Fire House

Road closure at Spring Creek by:
Thomas Haen Company Inc.

9 PM Saturday night  The Tahoe  72 Miler This is a resurrected event that started back in the 70's and run  sporadically over the years. The LTM version starts  near Pope Beach at 9 P.M.  and finishes with the regular marathon. Ultra's will  cover the first 46 miles and join in with the regular Marathon in Tahoe City if you do the first 46 miles in 10 hours.

5:45 a.m.  Marathon Early StartersStarts on Commons Beach in Tahoe City. This is for marathoners who will finish over 6 hours. This is a non-competitive event, but still provides marathon finishers medals and marathon license plate frame holder. This is not designed as an early start for faster runners. Times will not be recorded faster than 6 hours for this event.

7:00  a.m.  Tahoe 20 Mile Power Walk or Jog  This is a non-competitive event for walker- joggers. There will be finishers medals and timed finishers results, but no competitive awards. This is designed for the power walker, but a runner can use it as a training run for a future marathon event. The start will be near  the Homewood Ski Tahoe Maritime Museum area.

7:00 a.m.  Men, Women, and Triple Marathon Starts 

  • All marathon men & women who anticipate finishing under 6 hour will start together at 7 a.m.
  • All Triple Marathoners
  • The start is on the grass area of Commons Beach just a few steps from the water in Tahoe City.
    Commons Beach park has recently completed redevelopment and provides several flush toilets at the start area, besides the stinky marathon port-a-potties.

  • The course begins with a slight uphill out of Commons Beach, through the Tahoe Marina Hotel parking lot and onto Mackinaw Street to Fanny Bridge and then down Highway 89 heading south in the closed lakeside lane. The north bound lane is closed to traffic for the first mile and a half. There will be traffic on your right side in the  southbound lane. 

  • The first aid station will be in front of Sunnyside Resort at about mile 2.1.


  Blue Benadum leads eventual Marathon Winner Jesus Lopez at the 19 mile aid station overlooking Emerald Bay. Blue finishes second in the Sunday Marathon, but first in all 3 days of the Triple Marathon.


You get:

  1. At the expo  Marathoners, Half Marathoners and Ultra Marathoners get a travel race bag
  2. All finishers get a beautiful finishers medal
  3. All marathon finishers receive a license plate holder.
  4. All registered runners get a beautiful long sleeve technical t-shirt at the expo or finish line which will be great for you winter training runs.
  5. The First  25 men and women to cross the finish line will receive a top 25 award wind shirt at the finish line that will be specially designated as a Top 25 finisher.
  6. Top 3 in each age group will receive an age group award.
    Age Divisions are: 15-19,
    20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and  70+, 80+
  7. The first man and women will receive an overall award.
  8. Medical attention and aid on the course and finish line
  9. Shuttle bus service to the start area and return after the event to the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
  10. Live Music, Hot dogs and drinks at the finish line
  11. Ultima Replenisher is the sports drink on the course and at the finish line..

     Our other Marathon is the Maui Oceanfront Marathon  January 18, 2015 & January 17, 2016


Shuttle Bus information.
From South Lake Tahoe, take the shuttle bus from the South Lake Tahoe Transportation Center (STC) which is next door to the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel  to the Marathon start line.
See the shuttle bus schedule printed on the back of your race number or this web site.

Park your car in the free casino parking area at any of the casinos
If you drive to the start in Tahoe City and park behind Bank of America which across the street from Commons Beach (behind the old firehouse).




The first 9 miles are mostly flat on the bike path along the waters edge or on the road running by rustic vacation homes or spectacular lake front mansions.


Run through the lakefront village of Homewood and Homewood Ski area at mile 6.

Run through the village of Tahoma at mile 8.

A small hill between mile 9-10 and then down to lake level again at Meeks Bay (mile 11).

Wooded areas with lake views between miles 9-11.

Meeks Bay  mile 11.5                                      Rubicon  mile 14


From mile 11 at Meeks Bay to 13.2 is a long moderate climb up to Rubicon  passing majestic vistas of Lake Tahoe. Where the Half Marathon joins the course at Glen Street and Rubicon Realty begins about a nice scenic downhill 2 miles  until you approach the "Hill from Hell" at mile 15.2. From there until the top at 16.8 you will climb up about 520'. Bagpipes will urge you on to the top.

22 mile mark with beach finish in distance.

About mile 21

At the top of the Hill from Hell, you will roll down and then back up to 18 mile mark and get your first look at Emerald Bay and immediately start down hill to Eagle Falls Trail Head. You will be looking into the Desolation Wilderness as you coast down hill. At mile 19 you will head back up hill (200' gain) about 9/10th of a mile to Inspiration Point, which is the start line for the 10K. From here to the finish is all downhill or flat. At mile 22.5 you will turn off the road onto the final bike path to the finish line at Pope Beach.

19.4 mile mark

At mile 24 you
go over Taylor Creek Bridge and the spawning fire cracker red Kokanee salmon.

At about mile 24.2  you will turn left onto Heritage Road and run towards the lake and enter the path that skirts the shore line of Lake Tahoe while running past historic mansions in the Valhalla Historical Estates . 

You will loop back out of the estates to Camp Richardson Resort and join the bike path again along the highway continuing to the entrance of Pope Beach. Turning  into Pope Beach's main entrance you will be running directly to the lake and when you make the right turn you will be at mile 26 and see the finish line dead ahead.



As you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with a smile, a finishers medal will be put around your neck and given a bottle of water. Medical attention will be available if needed and your warm up bag will be nearby.

Think about the optional VIP Lunch as an option  (below right).




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 and getting  a hot dog and goodies.

 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 the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel race morning and then board the shuttle buses to the start line.  Marathon buses go around the East side of the lake via Incline Village and do not go up the race course.

The back of your race bib will have the bus schedule and a lot of other important information.

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 will not have a fast time, but you will have a great time at Lake Tahoe.



Start line lodging Price   Call for marathon rates
Tahoe Marina Lodge call On the lake, 75 yards down course from start line in Tahoe City (800) 748-5650





Our other Marathon in Maui