Fall Wish List: The Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon

After getting an idea of what running events there are this year and which ones I want to do, I can’t help but come across some runs that I haven’t had the pleasure of participating in.  Therefore, I thought I might highlight a Lake Tahoe Half Marathon that’s been on my wish list for a little while:  The Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Classic.

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If you’re familiar with the flume trail at all, you will know it is an excellent mountain biking course.  That is, after all, how I discovered this beauty of a trail at Lake Tahoe.  I hadn’t thought of running the course until recently, but was forwarded the link for this upcoming half marathon from a teammate on the Reno Tahoe Odyssey, and it struck me as somewhat of a surprise that I hadn’t heard of it before.

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James Ripsom

A little background on the Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe though…

“In the late 1800s, Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company (SNW&L) provided timber during the mining boom to the nearby Comstock Lode in Virginia City. The SNW&L transported its raw lumber via a wooden flume located 1600 vertical feet above the shores of Lake Tahoe. The path used for the wooden flume is now the setting for one of the most scenic and spectacular trails in the world. While the wooden flume has long since been disassembled, remnants can still be seen today along the trail. Max Jones, a two time National Mountain Bike Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Member, aware of its history, cleared and opened the Flume Trail for mountain biking and hiking in 1983. Since that time, the Flume Trail has become world renown for its jaw dropping views of Tahoe.” — ascentruns.com

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The Course:

The half marathon starts at Spooner Lake, Nevada State Park, which is located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.  A shuttle will transport runners to the start line as this run is point-to-point.  It follows up the Marlette Lake Trail (which is a typical go-to hiking spot with the puppies) for about 3 miles.  This stretch of the run is the steepest as runners gain approximately 1500 feet in elevation through aspen trees groves, but it is well worth it once you are at the top, as there is a half mile descent down to Marlette Lake.  Once you arrive at Marlette Lake, you merge on to the Flume Trail after about a 1 mile stretch on an old Jeep road.  Dropping down onto the Flume Trail it is basically all downhill from there with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe on a single track path.  The race finishes almost at lake level at Tunnel Creek Station after the breathtaking downhill on the Flume Trail.

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This run is going to take place on October 3rd at 9am and hopefully turns out to be part of my fall running schedule.  It is just a week before the Lake Tahoe Marathon, so it may be a little difficult to do both.  You can plan to do back to back weekends of half marathons though and soak in the beauty of Lake Tahoe from both sides of the lake.

“All registrants will receive a high quality technical shirt from Patagonia, an event photo from Scott Rokis Photography, and a free local brew at the finish!”

I’m definitely excited about this one, so let me know if you plan to run this event!

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2 thoughts on “Fall Wish List: The Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon

  1. Emily Peltier April 7, 2015 / 5:48 am

    Thank you so much for this! I have never heard of this race and it is my absolute favorite trail. The views of the Lake are breathtaking. Bummed I’ll have a Saturday class next semester on this day, but will definitely put it on the list for next year. Thanks again for the great info!

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  2. DeAnna August 3, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    So – Lake Tahoe has always been a dream destination – my boyfriend and I saw this half in the trail runnners mag and wanted to do this (making it part of a vacation to Tahoe). His brother-in-law had an extensive brain surgery months ago and this half was an incentive my boyfriend gave him to get better….so although he’s never run a half, he is hellbent on going so while we are all nuts because we live at like 400 feet above sea level (Dallas), we are doing this race!!! I am very excited to be able to get 13.1 stickers for both of them when they finish their first halfs. And while I’ve done other halfs, this will be my first trail half. Yes, we are crazy and know the elevation may cause us to reconsider, but it’s now a mission in life. Maybe we will see you there! If you pass 3 Texans laying in the middle of the trail, step lightly – lol.

    DeAnna

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