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Lake Tahoe Triathlon

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On the west shore of Lake Tahoe, this scenic triathlon includes a calm swim, a fast bike course, and a run on various beautiful natural trails. There are a range of races to choose from, so everybody can get involved, or you could turn it into a family camping trip in Sugar Pine State Park.

Lake Tahoe Triathlon routes

Half/70.3 Distance:

  • Swim: 1.2 mile, rectangular clockwise course in Lake Tahoe. Average water temperature in August = 67-70 degrees. Wetsuits are optional.
  • Bike: 56 miles, on paved Highway 89. Heading out of transition at Sugar Pine Point, you complete 2 laps of an 8-mile out-and-back course, to get to 32 miles. You then head south for 12 miles to the Olympic turning point. The transition area will be to the right of Highway 89. There are 2 aid stations on the course.
  • Run: 13.1 miles. Head north on Rod Beaudry Trail, and then onto the scenic Dolder Nature Trail on the shores of the lake. After crossing Highway 89 and heading through Sugar Pine Campground, you complete 2 counter-clockwise loop of General Creek Trail, plus an out-and-back section. You then join a single track to rejoin the Rod Beaudry Trail and head back towards the finish. There are 11 aid stations on the course.

Olympic Distance:

  • Swim: 1500m, rectangular clockwise course in Lake Tahoe. Average water temperature in August = 67-70 degrees. Wetsuits are optional.
  • Bike: 24 miles, on paved Highway 89. 12 mile out-and-back course. The transition area is off the right of Highway 89. There is 1 aid station on the course.
  • Run: 6.9 miles. Head north on Rod Beaudry Trail, and then onto the scenic Dolder Nature Trail on the shores of the lake. After crossing Highway 89 and heading through Sugar Pine Campground, you complete 2 counter-clockwise loop of General Creek Trail. You then join a single track to rejoin the Rod Beaudry Trail and head back towards the finish. There are 5 aid stations on the course.

Sprint:

  • Swim: 500m, rectangular clockwise course in Lake Tahoe. Average water temperature in August = 67-70 degrees. Wetsuits are optional.
  • Bike: 10 miles, on paved Highway 89. Heading out from Sugar Pine Point, you join a 3 mile out-and-back course. The transition area will be to the right of Highway 89. There is no aid station on the course, so please make sure you have a full water bottle on your bike.
  • Run: 2 miles, heading North on the Rod Beaudry Trail. You then complete a loop of the Dolder Nature Trail and return. There are 2 aid stations on the course.

Event Details

What’s Included

All participants receive:

  • Race t-shirt
  • Beer for those aged 21+
  • Professional time-keeping
  • Onsite medical team
  • Finisher's medal
  • Awards for 1st/2nd/3rd Male and Female in each 5 year category

Bike Aid Stations:

  • Water and electrolyte drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline

Run Aid Stations:

  • Water, electrolyte drinks, and cola
  • Salty snacks (chips/pretzels)
  • Fruit and energy gels
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline

Post-race Aid Stations:

  • Water, recovery drinks, cola
  • Salty snacks (chips/pretzels)
  • Fruit
Raceday Logistics

Friday 21st August:

  • 17:00 - Race packet pick-up and registration for Sprint race opens
  • 18:00 - Open water swim clinic run by Big Blue Adventure
  • 18:30 - Race packet pick-up and registration for Sprint race closes
  • 19:00 - Pre-race briefing and Q&A for Sprint race

Saturday 22nd August:

  • 06:00 - Race packet pick-up for Sprint race opens (NB no registration)
  • 06:00 - Transition area for Sprint race opens
  • 07:15 - Transition area for Sprint race closes
  • 07:30 - Sprint race starts
  • 08:00 - Expo opens
  • 08:15 - First Sprint race finishers
  • 11:45 - Final Sprint race finishers
  • 16:00 - Expo closes
  • 16:30 - Check-in and registration for Olympic/Half/Duathlon/Aquabike races opens
  • 17:00 - Pre-race briefing for Olympic/Half/Duathlon/Aquabike races
  • 18:30 - Check-in and registration for Olympic/Half/Duathlon/Aquabike races closes

Sunday 23rd August:

  • 05:30 - Check-in registration opens
  • 05:30 - Transition area for Olympic/Half/Duathlon/Aquabike opens
  • 06:15 - Check-in registration closes
  • 07:00 - Half triathlon/aquabike starts
  • 07:15 - Olympic triathlon/aquabike starts
  • 07:20 - Duathlon starts
  • 08:00 - Expo opens
  • 08:15 - Cut off for Half swim (1hr10mins)
  • 09:45 - First Olympic/Duathlon finishers expected
  • 11:00 - First Half finishers expected
  • 11:30 - Prize-giving for Olympic distances
  • 12:35 - Cut-off for Half bike (5hrs30mins)
  • 14:05 - Cut-off for Half run first lap (7hrs)
  • 15:35 - Cut-off for Half run finish (8hrs30mins)
  • 16:00 - Expo closes
Kit List

The average water temperature in Donner Lake is 67-70 degrees. Wetsuits are optional.

Although there are supply stations, you should have a full water bottle attached to your bike, and some personal nutrition if necessary.

Volunteers

Volunteers can earn a free race registration of their own. Per hour of volunteering, you will receive $10 of Big Blue Adventure Bucks for future events. Volunteers must be aged 17 or older.

Sign up here: https://bigblueadventure.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase tickets on the day?
If the event has not already sold out, tickets can be purchased on the day at an extra cost of $10-15.
Can I rent a wetsuit?
There is no wetsuit hire available onsite. Synergy Wetsuits are the recommended provider of wetsuit rentals.
Can I bring my dog?
In the campground, on paved areas, and General Creek Fire Road dogs are allowed on a 6' leash. Dogs are not permitted on beaches, unpaved trails, and undeveloped areas.
Are there cut-off times?
Yes, see Raceday Logistics for times. Participants in the half-distance races must finish the swim within 1hr10mins, the bike section within 5hrs30mins, the first running lap within 6hrs30mins, and must finish the entire course within 8hrs30mins.
Can I wear headphones?
It is not encouraged to wear headphones, both for your own personal enjoyment of the race and for the safety of your fellow runners. Running without headphones will allow you to appreciate the race environment, build camaraderie with other runners, and hear instructions and encouragement from volunteers.

Lake Tahoe Triathlon weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

79°F
Predicted highs
57°F
Predicted lows

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Big Blue Adventure, LLC (BBA) is an event production, management, and marketing company based in Lake Tahoe. BBA specializes in creating, owning and operating, promotion and implementation of popular sporting events. Our focus is ensuring that participants, sponsors, spectators, and the media are rewarded with the best possible experience. BBA also provides professional services to corporations and associations that wish to meet their business goals through special events.

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