Ironman Lake Tahoe
  • Photo Credit: Andrew Loehman

    Photo Credit: Andrew Loehman

    Taking place on Sept. 21 at Kings Beach, if you’re looking for the ultimate IRONMAN challenge, Lake Tahoe is the race for you. In Europe there’s IRONMAN France, with 5,000 feet of climbing through the Alps and IRONMAN Lanzarote, with two mountain climbs and incredible winds. In Asia there’s IRONMAN Malaysia featuring the highest recorded temperatures at an IRONMAN race. North America now has its own race where normal limits do not apply: IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. 

    With over 8,000 feet of climbing on the bike course, added to the normal challenges of 2.4-mile swim and marathon run, IRONMAN Lake Tahoe is arguably the world’s toughest course. Do all of that at 6,000 feet of altitude, and join a select group of IRONMAN finishers.

    Race morning starts at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area, where sandy, beach-front shores deliver athletes to the clean, clear waters of North Lake Tahoe. A lakeside transition and the start of the bike course bring riders along the shore with spectacular views down the 21-mile length of the Lake as riders enter Tahoe City. Cyclists race through the Truckee River corridor, following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the town of Truckee. Here the course turns south back toward the lake, rolling past Northstar California and the start of the climb to Brockway Summit at a 7,200 foot elevation.

    Back at Kings Beach, athletes repeat another loop before finishing at Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. With a transition at Squaw Valley, runners will proceed back up the Truckee River corridor along the Truckee River bike path. Athletes will be treated to a relatively flat course along one of the most scenic stretches in the world before returning back to Squaw Valley and the satisfying finish of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe.

    Visit the IRONMAN website for more information and to register. 

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