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The Lake Tahoe Marathon promises 3 whole days of running fun with 14 races to choose from, with the stunning backdrop of fall time in Lake Tahoe. Runners will have the choice of distances ranging from 5km to 72 miles, and will join thousands of like-minded athletes for an epic endurance weekend.
Lakeside Marathon, Nevada Half Marathon, Cal-Neva Marathon, and 8 more
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Fri 9th Oct 2020 - Sun 11th Oct 2020
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South Lake Tahoe, United States
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Where and when
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Start times
Fri 9th Oct 2020
Lakeside Marathon:
6:15am |
Nevada Half Marathon:
Sat 10th Oct 2020
Cal-Neva Marathon:
6:15am |
Carnelian Bay Half Marathon:
8:15am |
Midnight Express Ultra :
Sun 11th Oct 2020
Lake Tahoe Double Marathon:
3:00am |
Lake Tahoe Marathon :
8:00am |
Edgewood Tahoe 10K:
8:45am |
Super Hero 5K:
8:45am |
16.4 Miler:
9:00am |
Emerald Bay Half Marathon:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Lake Tahoe Marathon
Carnelian Bay Half Marathon
Cal-Neva Marathon
Midnight Express Ultra
Lake Tahoe Marathon
Route information
Lakeside Marathon (Friday):
The Lakeside Marathon course starts in California at Lakeside Beach at 6230' and goes up to 7000' at Spooner Summit and back down to near lake level at 6300' and finishes in Nevada at Incline Village. There will be at least six Aid Stations along the marathon route, approximately every 4 miles. Runners will need a headlamp for the first hour of the race.
The route will be run 99.8% in Nevada, but with a couple hundred yard in CA, it can be counted for either state if you are on the quest to run all 50 states.
Nevada Half Marathon (Friday):
If you're looking for something a little easier on the legs, the Nevada Half Marathon is a boutique downhill half marathon starting at the top of Spooner summit. The first 11 miles will take you almost exclusively downhill, heading north to Incline Village. The race starts at ~7000' and ends near lake level at 6250', will breathtaking views of the lake along the route. There will be a shuttle bus from Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel on the morning of the race, but post-race transportation is not included. There will be at least three Aid Stations along the route, approximately every 3 or 4 miles.
Cal-Neva Marathon (Saturday):
The Cal-Neva Marathon is a boutique marathon limited to 100 runners and is run as part of the Tahoe Triple. The course starts at Sand Harbor, Nevada, which is south of Incline Village, and ends near Meadow Road & H89 just south of Homewood, CA. It is the fasted and the flattest marathon of the 3 marathons over the weekend, circumnavigating the lake with stunning views for the entirety of the course. You will need a headlamp for the first hour of the race and safety flashers. These can be dropped at the first aid station to be collected at the finish line.
Shuttle buses will take you to the start line, leaving from next to the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at the Stateline Transit Center, 4114 Lake Tahoe Blvd, SLT, CA. Post-race transportation is not included, so you will need to arrange your own transportation after the run. There will be at least six Aid Stations along the marathon route, approximately every 4 miles. Finish line is just south of Homewood.
Carnelian Bay Half Marathon (Saturday):
This boutique half marathon course starts from Carnelian Bay and ends at Meadow Drive & H89. It will start when the Cal Neva Marathon passes through the area, and will finish just south of Homewood along the closed H89. At the finish area, runners can enjoy a chilling dip in the lake, a beer and a hotdog and mingle with their fellow runners.
72 Mile Tahoe Midnight Express (Saturday - Sunday):
The 72 Mile Tahoe Midnight Express will start from the Expo on Saturday night at 9:00pm, and end at Lakeside Beach with the Lake Tahoe Marathoners on the Sunday. You will travel counter-clockwise around Lake Tahoe, making sure the Lake stays on your left. There is an 18-hour time limit with official timing ending at 3:00pm on Sunday. There will be an orientation meeting at The Landing on Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm where you will pick up your runners singlet, t-shirt and race bib. Earlier starts can be arranged to accommodate the 3PM finish line closing.
The first 48 miles will be unsupported (until mile 2 of the Lake Tahoe Marathon), meaning all runners will need to provide their own support vehicle and crew. Support vehicle-person will be allowed to support up to 3 runners maximum. The first few miles will have streetlights as you go through Round Hill and Zephyr Cove. The course is on the road with a few bike paths to move on to whenever possible, but will have narrow shoulders in several places, especially the tunnel at Cave Rock (about 40 yards long) and the road between Glenbrook and Spooner Summit, so please be careful and make sure you are always aware of your surroundings.
Always keep the Lake on your left. When you get to Tahoe City there is a fork in the road that will take you to Truckee if you are half asleep. Take H89 to the left. Cross Fanny Bridge and keep the lake to the left.
All runners for the 72 miler MUST be lit with night reflecting gear, flashing lights that will not be missed by approaching cars, and a headlamp. Runners who show up at the start line without these lights will not be part of this event.
Lake Tahoe Double Marathon:
The Lake Tahoe Double Marathon is comprised of the Cal-Neva Marathon course & Lake Tahoe Marathon back-to-back. It starts at Sand Harbor entrance on Saturday night or early Sunday morning and has a 3:00pm cut off on Sunday. Runners will finish with the over events at Lakeside Beach, making a total distance of 52.4 miles.
This is not an organized race, so you will choose your starting time so that you finish before the cutoff at 3:00pm on Sunday. You will need to text in your name, number and starting time to the timer before you set off.
You will need:
  • Support vehicle & crew as the first 26 miles are unsupported
  • Lit with reflective gear, flashing lights, and a headlamp.
If you time it right, try to be at the start line of the Lake Tahoe Marathon on Sunday morning so that the final 26 miles will be supported.
Lake Tahoe Marathon (Sunday)
The flagship event of this weekend is a marathon that is not to be missed. Runners will be bussed to the starting line on H89 at Meadow Road just south of Homewood, CA, and will run around part of the lake to Lakeside Beach.
The run with start by taking you through the village of Tahoma, with a small hill between mile 2-3, before taking you down to lake level at Meeks Bay. Enjoy wooded areas with stunning lake views from mile 4 - 8 when you hit Rubicon Bay and the "Hill from Hell" where you will climb up about 520' to the sound of bagpipes that will be urging you along the way. From there, there are some minor hills up and down, before giving you some respite for the second half of the course which is all flat or downhill.
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 where you will be celebrated by large crowds or cheering supporters, a finisher's medal and a bottle of water. 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.
There is little chance of a PR due to the challenging nature of the course, so runners are encouraged to 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.
16.4 Miler:
Run, jog or walk your way through this Sunday morning jaunt with breathtaking views that you will never forget. The course starts at Bliss State Park (the top of the "Hill From Hell") and ends at Lakeside Beach where you will enjoy the buzzing finish line party with all your fellow runners from the weekend.
This is a non-competitive event for walkers/joggers. There will be finisher's medals and timed finisher results, but no competitive awards. The event is designed for power walkers, but runners are more than welcome to use it as a 16.4 mile training run for future marathons. This is mostly a downhill course with one 200' hill about 3 miles into the event. After that it is all downhill or flat, where participants can really absorb their surroundings and the epic views.
Shuttles will run from near Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel - Stateline Transit Center - to the starting area. Check the back of your bib for specific shuttle information.
Edgewood Tahoe 10K:
If the half or full marathon distances are a little too daunting, take on the Edgewood Tahoe 10K. Starting and ending at Lakeside Beach, the route will be run on a mixture of bike paths and dirt trails through the Edgewood Golf Course, providing stunning lake or meadow views for the entirety of the course.
Super Hero 5K Pumpkin Run:
This is a looped course fun-run that starts at Lakeside Beach, and goes into Edgewood Golf Course running on their famous lakefront fairways. Those who go the extra mile to dress up will get a 1 minute head start, and the best of them all will be awarded a dinner for 2 at Jimmy's Restaurant at The Landing, across the street from the finish line.
What's included
  • Finisher's medal for all races
  • Long sleeve t-shirt for all adult races
  • Free kids runs with pumpkin
  • Travel bag for first 1000 to register for Half Marathon or longer
  • Lake Tahoe license plate frame for Half Marathon or longer
  • Top 25 awards for all Sunday 10K, Half & Marathon
  • Bottle of Tahoe Blue Vodka for event winners
  • Hot dogs and other refreshments at the finish line
How to get there
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
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Address of HQ: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
By Air:
Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) - Closest airport to South Lake Tahoe - 58 miles
Sacramento International (SMF) - About 110 miles
San Francisco International (SFO) - About 190 miles
Oakland (OAK) - 180 miles away
For the best fare, reserve and buy your tickets early as the cheap seats on each flight go early. Prices go up inside of 14 days and severely up inside of 7 days. The lowest fares are usually if you fly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Red eye flights (after 9 p.m.) and early morning flights are cheaper. Air fare sales are usually after each major holiday, so check for deals after Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
By Shuttle:
South Tahoe Airporter offers a shuttle between the Reno/Tahoe Airport and South Lake Tahoe for about $48 round trip.
By Road:
Access South Lake Tahoe via Hwy. 50 or Hwy. 89, and North Lake Tahoe via I-80 or Hwy. 89. Lake Tahoe is approximately 2 hours East of Sacramento, 4 hours East of San Francisco, and 45-75 minutes West/Southwest of Reno, depending which side of the Lake you are driving to.
The best option is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino which has discounted rates for runners and is where the shuttle busses depart from. Other options include The Landing Tahoe Resort, Station House Inn or Hotel Becket.
Event day logistics
Bib pickup:
Number & Shirt Pickup & Bag Pickup will be at The Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday and The Landing Resort & Spa on Saturday which is next to the the Sunday finish line. Thursday pickup is only for the Tahoe Triple, Tahoe Trifecta, Cal Neva Marathon, Carnelian Bay Half Marathon, Double & Triple Dares & Quadzilla Marathon runners. All others will pick up on Friday at the Startline or Saturday Expo.
Saturday runners will be able to collect their bibs at the start line, and every one should pick up their bibs at the Expo at The Landing from 9am - 5pm.
6:15am: Lakeside Marathon - Lakeside Beach, So Lake Tahoe, CA to Incline Village, NV. All runners start at 6:15 am and need to wear head lamp and flashers. These will be collected at the first aid station and returned at the finish line. Sunrise is 7:08 AM. No Shuttle Bus at the finish. Walk to the start in front of The Landing.
7:00am: Nevada Half Marathon Shuttle Bus to Spooner Summit - Shuttle Buses all leave from the west entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8:15am: Nevada Half Marathon
4:30-6:30pm: Friday's party for Friday runners is at the Lake Tahoe AleWorX at Stateline. This will be an awesome party for Friday's runners to check results, socialize, eat great pizza and drink some great craft beer.
4:45am: Shuttle Bus to Sand Harbor for Cal Neva Marathon - Shuttle Buses all leave from the west entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
6:15am: Cal-Neva Marathon - Sand Harbor, NV to Meadow Road, Homewood, CA. All marathoners need to wear head lamp and flashers that will be collected at the first aid station and returned at the finish line. Sunrise is 7:08 AM
7:00am: Carnelian Bay Half Marathon shuttle bus to Carnelian Bay start line. - Shuttle Buses all leave from the west entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8:15am: Carnelian Bay Half Marathon - Watermans Landing, 5166 Northlake BLvd, Carnelian Bay, CA to H89 & Meadow Rd., Homewood, CA
9:00am-6:00pm: Tahoe Sport & Fitness Expo - The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa, 4104 Lakeshore Blvd , So Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 is on the Lake. Pick up your race number and t-shirts here for Sunday's races. The first 1000 to have registered for the Half, 16.4 miler, Full, and Ultra can also pick up your Tahoe Blue Travel-Duffel Bag.
4:00pm: Orientation Meeting for 72-Mile Midnight Express - Pick up your singlet and go over details.
9:00pm: The Saturday Night Midnight Express 72 Mile Ultra - Start at The Landing next to the beach. Directly in front of The Landing. Finish same place at Lakeside Beach Sunday morning. Run 72 miles counter clockwise around all of Lake Tahoe.
3:00am: Lake Tahoe Double Marathon - Running two marathons back to back. Start at Sand Harbor and finish at Lakeside Beach.Two finishers medals. Non competitive event.
6:00am: The only early marathon bus departs. Be early. - Shuttle Buses all leave from the west entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
6:45am: The last marathon bus departs. (Be there 20 minutes early) - Shuttle Buses all leave from the west entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7:00am - noon: Hwy 89 north to Emerald Bay and Tahoe City closes so be sure to be north of Spring Creek Road before 7AM. Camp Richardson and Taylor Creek are not affected.
7:00am: Marathon Walkers - For walkers and anyone needing extra time to finish by 3PM. Early starters do not qualify for age division awards, but do get a finishers medal.
7:45am: The only 16.4 Miler Bus Departs - Shuttle Buses all leave from the west entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8:00am: Lake Tahoe Marathon - Runners start at 8:00 AM at Meadow Rd. & H89, south of Homewood and finish at Lakeside Beach by The Landing.
8:45am: The Edgewood Tahoe 10K - Park at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and walk 5 blocks to the start line.
8:45am: The Super Hero 5K Pumpkin Run - Race starts near 4081 Lakeshore Blvd. Best costume gets a dinner for two at Jimmy's at The Landings. No buses. Park at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and walk to the start. 5 blocks.
9:00am: 16.4-Miler - Shuttle Bus leaves at 7:45AM from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9:15am: The Last Half Marathon Bus Departs (get there 20 minutes early) - Shuttle Buses all leave from the west entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10:00am: Optimist Free Kids Super Hero Pumpkin Runs - Kids races of various distances depending on age. Ages 1-10. At the Marathon Finish line at Lakeside Beach.
10:30am: Emerald Bay Half Marathon - Starts at Emerald Bay. No early start for this race. 5 hour time limit. Last bus leaves at 9:15AM from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome and encouraged to get involved with the whole weekend, as it promises to be an epic weekend of endurance events.
Is the Lake Tahoe Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?
Yes, this event is a qualifying race.
Can I pick up my race bib for the Lake Tahoe Marathon events at the Sunday start line if I miss the Saturday bib pick up at the Expo?
Yes, and you can collect your other goodies at the finish line, however, please keep in mind you may not get your desired t-shirt size.
Can I run any of the events at the Lake Tahoe Marathon with a stroller?
Yes, the 5K and 10K have closed roads along the route so are suitable for strollers. The other races are not recommended for strollers due to traffic on the roads.
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