This event looks to promise some beautiful scenery from a not so far off destination near Lake Tahoe and Truckee, CA. It may even be a unique experience for all those skiers interested in what the Squaw Valley resort looks like during the off-season, if you’re not familiar with some of the exciting summer activities it has to offer.
Starting at the Village at Squaw Valley, the Squaw Valley Half Marathon does an out-and-back course on a paved pathway through the Squaw Valley area and part of the Truckee River Path. For those familiar with Leg 11 of the Reno Tahoe Odyssey, you know this route is a beauty as the majority of the course is in the same area that runs along the Truckee River Path next to Highway 89.
I have personally had the pleasure of running Leg 11 on the RTO and I wouldn’t pass this up. It is a nice flat run along the Truckee and with the remaining portion of the course running out and back through the valley, the scenery should spoil any runner. My only hesitation with the Truckee River Path when I have ran it was the warm temps increased most of the bug activity and I had the unfortunate opportunity of having a mouth full of gnats. I’m pretty sure this was probably due to running the path in the later afternoon though, so you should be in luck with the Squaw Valley Half Marathon as the race begins pretty early at 8:00am.
The race coordinator, Big Blue Adventure, has gotten some pretty great sponsors as well including: Salomon, Suunto,and Klean Kanteen. There will be a raffle for all runners after the race providing the opportunity to get some cool swag from some of the sponsors, so make sure to stick around when you’re done racing.
Race fees are pretty reasonable as well. It looks like it is $61 to race if you register before June 12th. Both Youth (under age 18) and Seniors (over age 62) receive discounted entry fees too at $46 and $52, respectively.
Squaw Valley definitely is a beautiful place any time of year, so I would encourage runners to sign up for this race at least once. If you like to ski or snowboard Squaw Valley and this race sounds fun to you, please comment and share!