Friday, September 27, 2013

Lake Tahoe Marathon Week continues through weekend

Lake Tahoe Marathon Week began Thursday, September 26th with a fun run and will end with multiple running events on Sunday, September 29th. Events include running, biking, swimming, and paddling.

Featured events include a 72 mile bike ride designed to "let you see how fast you can go around Lake Tahoe". A police escort will allow the lead peloton to blow through about 25 stop lights. Prize money is available for the first 5 finishers. The winning time was set in 2010 by Jesse Miller-Smith in a time of 2:50:21. The race starts and ends at Zephyr Cove beginning at 7:00am.

There will be a 72 mile ultra run around the lake on Saturday as well. This run will start and end at Pope Beach beginning at 9:00pm. Lights and reflective gear are required. This race has an 18 hour time limit (3pm Sunday afternoon).

The feature race on Sunday is the Lake Tahoe Marathon, which begins Sunday morning at 7:00am from Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Shorter races include a 20 mile race, 5K, 10K, and half marathon with each race ending at Pope Beach.

For a complete list of events, view the Lake Tahoe Marathon Week website.

Motorists can expect delays.

There will be traffic closures and delays on Hwy. 89 on Friday and Sunday.

Friday closures, Hwy. 89 Southbound from Inspiration Point from 7:00 to 7:30am. Northbound Hwy. 89 will be at the intersection with Spring Creek Road from 6:50am to 7:30am.

Sunday closures, Hwy. 89 will be closed from north of Camp Richardson near Spring Creek Road beginning at 7:00am until 12:30pm. Southbound Hwy. 89 will be open with delays due to race traffic and the race start in Commons Beach, Tahoe City.

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