20th Lake Tahoe
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.
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
Commons Beach Road,
Tahoe City, CA
Start is on Commons Beach behind the Tahoe City Fire House
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
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.
Marathon Early Starters. Starts 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.
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.
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
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.
At the expo Marathoners, Half Marathoners and Ultra Marathoners get a travel race bag
All finishers get a beautiful finishers medal
All marathon finishers receive a license plate holder.
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.
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.
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
The first man and women will receive an overall
Medical attention and aid on the course and finish line
Shuttle bus service to the start area and return
after the event to the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Hot dogs and drinks at the finish line
Ultima Replenisher is the sports drink on the course and at the finish
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
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
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
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.
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
||Call for marathon rates
Tahoe Marina Lodge
On the lake, 75 yards down course from start line in Tahoe City
Our other Marathon in Maui