IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Set for September 2013

IRONMAN is coming to Lake Tahoe in September 2013, marking the first full-distance IRONMAN event in California since 2001. The endurance race will include a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all along the shoreline of North Lake Tahoe. Here at Tahoe Mountain Sports, we’ll be cheering the athletes on as they dive into Tahoe’s waters across the street from our shop in downtown Kings Beach. And after the brisk swim, when the athletes transition to bikes, we’ll watch them whizz by on Highway 28, passing right in front of our porch.

Word got out fast for IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, and registration sold out in a mere 19 hours after it opened on Monday. There are still a limited number of IRONMAN Foundation slots, going at $1,350. IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will be a P-2000 race with a $75,000 USD professional prize.

“Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty and experience in hosting world-class endurance events have made it one of the world’s most appealing sports destinations,” said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for WTC. “The launch of a full-distance IRONMAN event in California has been a long time coming. We’re confident this race will develop into a cornerstone of the global IRONMAN Series.”

The race will start with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim out from the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Athletes will transition to a two-loop 112-mile bike course, which heads from Kings Beach to Tahoe City, wraps north on Highway 89 to Truckee and back to the shore of Lake Tahoe on Highway 267. After a descent back to Kings Beach, athletes will complete a second loop and then a final, flat 17 miles to finish the bike course at Squaw Valley. With a final transition at Squaw, runners will proceed along the Truckee River bike path into Tahoe City, and continue south to a turnaround in Homewood.

The iconic IRONMAN Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Even thought it’s more than a year out, we’re still getting excited for this global event to hit our small, beautiful town. In the meantime, keep swimming, biking, and running! For more information about IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, go to

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