Three days you will never forget
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Tahoe Triple Marathon
The 5th Super Triple
The 2nd Tahoe Double Dare
Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2011
Jon Paul Gallery
Run three different marathons, 3 different marathon medals, in 3 days covering two states. This is a one of a kind event circumnavigating the entire shoreline of Lake Tahoe over 3 days. It includes dinner and speakers on the Thursday night before the first run. The 3rd Marathon is run with the regular Lake Tahoe Marathon on Sunday.
You may up the ante by choosing the Super Triple option which is the first 2 marathons on Friday and Saturday, but instead of the 3rd marathon run the 72 mile Ultra starting at 10 P.M. later on that Saturday night.
Tahoe Triple & 72 Mile Ultra News & the Double Dare:
At our Tahoe Triple Marathon in 2006 Johan Oosthuizen from South Africa broke the Guinness World Record for 3 consecutive Marathons. The old record was set April 16-18, 1988 at Belfast (2:45:55), London (2:48:45), and Boston (2:47:51) with a combined time of 8:22:31. The new Tahoe Triple and World record is 8:11:08
See below for all the Tahoe winners and records.
The 72 Mile Ultra has been run for years and put on by many different groups. We started the the latest version of the Tahoe 72.2 Mile Ultra in 2006. With the 10 PM Saturday night start the runners shoot at arriving at the start line of the regular marathon at or near 8 AM and to join the regular Marathoners. That would be after 46 miles and hopefully after 10 hours.
10 to twelve runners will sign up for the unique Super Triple which is:
26.2 x 26.2 x 72.2 miles
The 2nd Tahoe Double Dare is running two 72 milers around the lake, each in opposite directions. This is a one time custom event.
There will also be marathoners running the Friday or Saturday Marathon
a la carte with the Triple Marathoners.
Link to Interview with Thomas Reiss our 2005 champ, and our 2006 runner up.
The Triple, The Super Triple Dinner & the new Double Dare is Thursday
at the Horizon Casino Hotel.
We will be meeting to pass out race bibs, singlet,
go over details, and socialize.
Your dinner buffet is included in your entry fee, you may buy your guests and supporters a ticket at the door.
- 4:30 PM Pick up bibs, singlet, wind shirt, dinner ticket
- 5:30 PM Dinner buffet at the Horizon. Buy extra dinners from the buffet cashier.
- 5:45 PM Welcome and Introductions
- 5:50 PM Past winners and participants will speak about the course and some insights on how to run 3 marathons in a row.
- 6 PM Key note Speaker: Bill Rodgers
- 6:30 PM co-triple Directors Lucia Lake and Austin Angell will discuss the schedule, course, and procedures and answer questions
- Please call Austin Angell at 530-541-5224 if you will need to pick up your material late or the next morning.
This is a great time to buy your crew the buffet dinner as a thank you and have them join you for dinner.Austin Angell2469 Rose Ave.So. Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150530-541-5224
Transportation to the start lines
You will be transported from the Horizon Casino Resort each morning to that day's start line, which will be near where you finished the day before. Your support team will be needed for the ride home. Your crew will be responsible for getting you back to your hotel. If you come alone with out support you will need to buy a few beers the night before and arrange a ride after the race for Thursday and Friday. Saturday take the regular Marathon transportation from the Horizon Casino Hotel before and after your run.
Race Start times
Bus Departure From Emerald Bay Marathon to Spooner Summit 7 a.m. on Friday 6 AM Horizon Casino Cal-Neva Marathon
Spooner Summit to Tahoe City
7:45a.m. on Saturday 6:45 Horizon Casino The Lake Tahoe Marathon
Tahoe City to Pope Beach
8 a.m. on Sunday with marathoners Horizon Casino
Thomas Reiss 2005 Triple Champion,
Deborah Hamberlin 2006 Triple Champion,
Sean Meissner 2006 Ultra 72 Champion
Johann Oosthuizen 2006 Triple Champion (left)
& Sean Meissner 2006 72 Mile Ultra Champion
Laura Bleakley and Thomas Reiss
2005 Champs Triple Champions
Details and Stuff
Limited aid will be provided on Friday & Saturday with aid stations every 5 miles.
Each of the three runs will be timed and added together for overall results.
Itís recommended that each runner have a handler and vehicle.
Runners will need to find there own transportation back after day 1 & 2.
On Day 1 & 2, mile markers are every 5 miles.
Link to the 50 States Marathon Club
Four Time Winner
Soaking in the lake at Zephyr Cove Beach after the first day's run
4 Time Triple Champ Sean Meissner shares his Triple Marathon training secrets & schedule here.
Jo Goner has run 5 Triples and shares his wisdom here.
Sean & Jo, thanks for sharing.
Peter Lubber's Blog on running and winning the Super Triple
Peter Lubber's GPS recording of Marathon #1
Peter Lubber's GPS recording of Marathon #2
Triple Veteran Kim Budzik's story from the Houston Chronicle 2008
** World Record
Year Champion Home age total time Time each day Place each day 2010 Ian Sharman Bend, OR 30 8:53:38 2:53:10 + 2:56:25 + 3:04:03 1-1-1 2010 Vickie Lau San Jose, CA 47 12:17:06 4:15:08 + 4:01:55 + 4:00:03 2-1-1 2009 Lynyrd Skynrod Soda Springs 29 8:39:32 2:43:57 + 2:52:14 + 3:03:21 1-1-1 2009 Leslie Stallings Oldsmar, FL 47 11:35:50 3:53:59 + 3:47:33 + 3:54:18 1-1-1 2008 Chuck Engle Dublin, Ohio 37 9:14:27 3:12:36 + 2:57:15 + 3:04:36 2-1-1 2008 Suzanne Wetzel San Luis Obispo, CA 28 11:09:35 3 :42:28 + 3:40:58 + 3:46:09 1-1-1 2007 Lynyrd Skynrod Soda Springs 27 8:33:17 2:39:41 + 2:48:55 + 3:04:41 1-1-1 2007 Leslie Antonis Modesto 45 12:21:32 3:59:22 + 4:00:25 + 4:21:45 1-1-2 2006 Johann Oosthuizen Middleburg, South Africa 33 8:11:08** 2:43:36 + 2:43:31 + 2:44:03 1-1-1 2006 Deborah Hamberlin Tempe, AZ 38 11:17:39 3:45:35 + 3:38:32 + 3:53:33 1-1-1 2005 Thomas Reiss San Louis Obispo 37 8:55:02 2:57:16 + 2:54:55 + 3:02:51 1-1-1 2005 Laura Bleakley Rochester, NY 35 10:46:23* 3:34 + 3:34:15 + 3:38:05 1-1-1 2004 Sean Meissner Sisters, OR. 31 9:28:01 3:08:06 +3:08:32 +3:11:23 2-2-1 2004 Deborah Hamberlin Tempe, AZ 37 11:07:22 3:45:49+3:33:31+ 3:37:50 1-1-2 2003 Sean Meissner Sisters, OR. 30 9:29:19 3:08:31+3:08:40+ 3:12:08 1-2-1 2003 Gretchen Brugman Truckee, CA 12:14:05 4:07:03+3:58:51+4:08:11 1-1-1 2002 Sean Meissner Sisters, OR. 29 9:41:01 3:09:01+3:17:46 +3:14:14 1-1-1 2002 Gunhild Swanson Spokane, WA 58 11:58:42 3:54:52+3:54:52+3:52:23 2001 Sean Meissner Moran, Wy 28 9:54:58 3:13:09 + 3:18:52 +3:22:57 1-1-2 2001 Linda Bialla Tiburon, CA 37 12:49.57 3:59:16 + 4:19:09 +4:31:32 1-1-1
2003 Starters, Day 1
2004 Starters, Day 1
Awards & Swag:
- $500 and special award to first man and women overall winners .
- Finishers medal and finishers wind shirts for the regular marathon
- Finishers license plate holder
- Runners Lap Top Travel Bag for all Triple Entrants
- Commemorative stand up plaque for all finishers showing the 3 different marathons.
- Special Triple Marathon racing singlet for all competitors while running.
- Event leader will wear a special Yellow leaders singlet while running during day 2 & 3.
2005 Triple Starts Day 1
First day mile 3.5
The event is limited to 150 runners.
Helen (81 year old world record holder) & Norm Klein, Day 1 start area
Runners will go around the busy casino core on the Lower Loop road behind the Horizon and Harvey's, see map grey route on map below. Note that the Royal Valhalla Lodge will host an aid station for the Triple Runners on Friday. Located near the Lakeside Marina on the map below.
The Swim and the Kayak events will take place on Lakeside Beach on Friday as well.
Why run three?
Day 1: Emerald Bay Marathon-Start near Inspiration Point over looking Emerald Bay. Down hill for 3 miles, flattish for 19 miles, gentle hill up the old Glenbrook Road (closed to traffic) over the final 3 miles with downhill finish to near Spooner Lake. Mostly paved, with some areas where you can run on the dirt shoulder. Bike path through woods in the Camp Richardson- Baldwin Beach area and along the West side of Lake Tahoe. .
13 mile aid station: The Royal Valhalla Lodge will provide a fixed aid station at about mile 13 at their property at Lake Side Beach at Stateline. (Same time and same place as the Kayak and Swim events). This lake side lodging would be a great place to stay. Just 3 blocks to the Expo and a great place to soak in the lake after your run.
17 mile aid station: Zephyr Cove Lodge will host a fixed aid station for you. After the run, on the way back from the finish, stop off with your supporters at Zephyr Cove Lodge to soak in the lake and buy them lunch before heading to the Expo at the Horizon Casino to pick up your wind shirt. Friday a la carte Marathoners will receive their finishers medals and license plate at the finish line.
Day 2: Cal-Neva Marathon- Start on the road across and near Spooner Lake State Park, gentle down hill for 13 miles to Incline Village. Final 13 rolley with one bigger hill at Crystal Bay. Down hill final 5 miles into Tahoe City. Finish on Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Saturday a la carte Marathoners will receive their finishers medals and license plate at the finish line. Windshirts at the expo.
Gar Wood's and Caliente in Kings Beach will sponsor 2 aid stations
for Cyclists and the 2nd leg of the Triple Marathon
Comments from past Tahoe Triples
See more recent comments on www.MarathonGuide.com
Thanks for a great three days. You run a class A event and consider everything to make it enjoyable for everyone.
Race time becomes insignificant when you consider the company and the scenery.
Running the triple allowed me to accomplish a goal my family and friends all said could be done. One friend even gave me last rights the week before the race. I told them I was just one crazy among a group of crazies.
I thought the idea of the buffet before the Triple meeting was a great idea. There was an excellent variety of food and it all tasted great. Again, it was a great running and learning experience for me and I look forward to doing it again next year. Keep up the good work.
By the way, the Triple was a blast. I soaked in the lake after day 3 and took a long gaze at the shoreline around the lake. It was a great feeling to know I ran around the whole thing! I'm thinking I just might be back next year.
Thanks for a beautiful weekend.
The Tahoe Triple run was a super event.
I love every minute of the run.
Again, thanks for a great weekend.
Tom Adair (Bib #501)Alpharetta, GA
My heart goes out to everyone that finished the triple this year. I was a spectator for the first time after running the previous two years. The passion that I saw in everyone and determination was great. I want to congratulate all and I will see everyone again this coming year. To my dad that ran his best time, outstanding performance. He has inspired me once again to take on this difficult event next year.
Hello Les and Ultra Marathon Staff!
I just wanted to write a brief note to let you know that I truly did have an experience of a lifetime completing the 3 Stage Ultra! After weeks and months of worrying about completing three marathons in a row I can't believe I did it...and am feeling so strong! The other Ultra Marathoners gave so much support and encouragement, especially the last day! Thanks ever so much for allowing me the opportunity to gain so much confidence in my Marathoning abilities! From start to finish the camaraderie among the 'Ultras' was amazing, something I have never felt before while doing a regular marathon. Thanks again for the best marathon adventure I have done to date! It will certainly be hard to find another marathon that can compare with the overall sense of accomplishment! Please pass on a special thanks to Marty, Angell and Edward Kelly! They were super!
Cheers and happy Marathoning!
Kris Stevens, Sidney/Victoria BC
Comments from the 2001 Ultra 3 day Stage Marathon
for all the effort and time on the 3 day event. From now
Our other Marathon in Maui
If you have questions contact the race director at (530) 544-7095 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mexican 6
some Marathon Maniacs mile 3 day 1
Thomas Reiss 2005 winner