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It’s been anticipated for months, and now this Sunday, September 22nd, it’s here: The Lake Tahoe Marathon.

In case you are out of the loop, the Lake Tahoe Marathon begins with a 2.4 mile swim in the early morning chill of Lake Tahoe, followed by a 112 mile bike ride from Kings Beach to Tahoe City to Truckee and then it fiddles around in the hills around Northstar before heading back to Kings Beach…before doing another lap and a half to end up in Squaw Valley.  Oh, but they are not done yet, then they get to run a marathon.

Who would want to do such a thing? A lot of people in fact, and they paid a pretty penny for the privilege. Included amongst the participants are a fair number of locals, testing their meddle to see if they can be Ironmen…although most of the locals who are participating should more properly be called Ironwomen.

We’ve been watching the athletes prepare for the event all summer. Riding their bikes over the top of Brockway Summit, swimming in groups off the shore of Kings Beach, and running along our beautiful trails. Now they are tapering their training and getting ready for the big event this Sunday. And our community is getting ready as well. Hundreds of local people will be working the volunteer stations for hours on end helping the athletes, and cheering them on.  I’m excited that I will be out there with my daughter Skyler’s cross-country running team, helping bikers figure out which way to go.

Ironman also means road closures of course. For the latest info just Google Ironman Lake Tahoe and once at the Ironman site, review the Traffic Impacts section. Then get out there and watch these incredible athletes giving it all for their dreams.

For more information and maps, please go to:

http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/lake-tahoe.aspx#axzz2fOMpntJh

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