With the Reno 5000 Downtown River Run kicking off in 2 weeks on April 12th, it brings to mind some of the upcoming marathons and half marathons in the area this year, and what could potentially be a good run to plan for this summer/fall. It is obviously a little too late to sign up for a spring Marathon or Half Marathon (unless you’re in epic shape), but you can definitely take advantage of planning now with enough time to be ready for a race by September-October. According to Hal Higdon marathon and half marathon training plans, it takes approximately 30 weeks to properly train for a marathon if you are brand new to long distance running. An 18 week training plan is more of the norm for a marathon if you’ve had some experience running before. Nonetheless, it is probably the perfect time to start getting ready for a nice long distance race coming up this fall. Therefore, I thought I would highlight one of my favorites.
The Lake Tahoe Marathon
October 9-11, 2015 Lake Tahoe, CA/NV
Event includes: Marathon, Ultra Marathon, 18 Miler, Relays, several Half Marathons, 10k, 5k and many, many others.
The Lake Tahoe Marathon Weekend of Events has a 3 day resume of running events ranging from a 72 Mile Ultra Marathon or the classic Lake Tahoe Sunday Marathon, to a variety of half marathon courses offered each day of the event weekend. In total, there are approximately 30+ events jam-packed into the fall weekend-of-fun at Lake Tahoe, making it a perfect event for all running skill levels. Each race showcases the beauty of Lake Tahoe and with the extensive variety of events you can find the right race just for you.
If you’re looking to train for a marathon, I recommend running the Sunday Lake Tahoe Full Marathon as this is probably my favorite run of the weekend and is essentially the main event for marathons. The race gives you the opportunity to soak in some of the best views of the West shores of Lake Tahoe, with Homewood Ski Resort, Emerald Bay, Pope Beach, Mt. Tallac, and South Lake Tahoe all featured on the marathon course. The race provides a challenging, yet beautiful run and the trek up to, and out of, Emerald Bay is definitely a little difficult, but well worth it when you see some of the views.
There are also several different half marathon races offered as part of the weekend event if you’re looking to train for a long distance run, but a marathon sounds a little daunting for you at this point. The half marathon races offered include the Emerald Bay Half Marathon, Cal-Neva Half Marathon, and Nevada Half Marathon. Each course provides excellent views of Lake Tahoe and varies in difficulty based on the starting point. You can sign up for a half marathon on each day and make it the Tahoe Trifecta if you’re feeling really ambitious.
All of the races offer a unique finishers medal and are about 28 weeks away, leaving you plenty of time to get in shape, even if it is your first marathon or half marathon. The Lake Tahoe Marathon was my first marathon and provides a really great experience, so I am definitely a supporter of this race! If you now feel inspired to sign up, you can register here.
Feel free to comment and share whether these events sound interesting to you! I’d love some feedback.