Tahoe Ironman Triathlon Information

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Location
The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association Ironman Tahoe

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North Lake Tahoe California – Height elevation 6,700 feet.

Date – Sunday 22nd September  2013
Distances
Swim 2.4 miles – 2 loop course in crystal clear Lake Tahoe starting at Kings Beach. Water temperature 62-69 degrees.

Bike
112 miles – 2 loops at altitude – Starts at Squaw Valley (home of the 1960 Olympics)

Run 26.2 miles mostly flat but at altitude along the stunning scenery of Tahoe Lake and the mountains
Temperature
Cool early morning and late evening warm during the day.
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Prize money $75,000 for the professional elite triathletes.
The above information was correct 16th June 2012.

How to get there
#1 -Airport Reno-Tahoe International Airport approximately 50 minutes drive.
#2 -Only two hours drive from Sacramento International Airport
#3 - Three hours drive from San Francisco International Airport.

Roch Frey and Race Director Keats McGonigal made a trip up to Lake Tahoe in the middle of September to initiate the detailed planning of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, which will take place on September 22, 2013. They took the opportunity to swim the swim course, ride one loop of the bike course and run course. Here are their thoughts that we hope will help you better develop your training plans over the next 12 months:

Swim
The average water temperature this time of year is mid-60s degrees Fahrenheit. The crystal clear water will make this two-loop course one amazing swim venue. Don’t forget that the Lake sits at 6,200 feet! We found this out very quickly by starting out at strong effort and felt like we were breathing through a straw in seconds. A controlled effort is going to be the key to a successful race.

Bike
The first 9 miles along the Lake and into Tahoe City are flat with one very short hill. At Tahoe City, Highway 89 bends to the right, heading north towards Squaw Valley and then into Truckee. We were amazed at how fast this portion of the course was and then realized that there was a 300 ft decrease in elevation over the next 11 miles all the way into Truckee. The highway has just been repaved with a wide shoulder making the first 20 miles of the course very fast. The course then winds through downtown Truckee with a good climb up and out of town to Highway 267. Once on Highway 267, you will descend down and across Highway 267 and turn into the Martis Camp community. This is when the ride gets fun and challenging. Beautiful, wide, smooth and rolling roads are throughout the next 10 miles and then you will climb up into the Northstar Village area and exit at their main entrance back onto Highway 267. You will then have the most challenging climb on the loop. In 3 miles you will climb approximately 1,000 ft up to a max elevation of 7,200 ft, but once at the top you will fly down into Kings Beach for the next 2 miles and then start the 2nd loop. There is approximately 3,000 ft of climbing on each loop.

*NOTE- the roads in Martis are not open to the public prior to race day. We are fortunate that we have use of these roads on race day. Please do not attempt to ride on these roads prior to race day. We have driven and videoed the course. The video is coming soon!

Run
IRONMAN and the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association announced a change in the run course for the 2013 inaugural IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. Due to ongoing major road construction and to ensure appropriate law enforcement access on the proposed Highway 89 route from Tahoe City south to Homewood California, the original one loop, 13.1-mile out-and-back course has been modified to a two-loop, 6.5-mile route. “This change in the run course was predicated in early, in-depth meetings with the various agencies and organizations involved in the race,” said Andy Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “The primary concerns relating to athlete safety, traffic management and the desire to limit community impact drove this decision. However with this change, we will also offer a more spectator-friendly course with increased chances for supporters to cheer on their athletes as they loop through the Village at Squaw and the exciting transition and finish areas."

Shuttle
There is very limited parking available at the swim start area in Kings Beach. We will have a free Shuttle system set up for athletes and spectators from Squaw Valley and Northstar on race day. These details will be sent out to all participants and posted on the website well in advance of race day.

Registration opens Monday 18th June 2012 at Noon PT

Registration for the inaugural IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will open on Mon., June 18, at Noon PT

Event was full in less than 36 hours!

Tahoe is famous for the great out door activity.
Things to do in Tahoe – Mountain bike home of X-TERRA triathlons Canoe Swimming Paddle Boarding Hiking Running road and trails Mountain Biking and ski-ing during the winter.

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