Gorgeous and challenging (about: 2000)|
Joe Jakovac from Toronto,Canada (10/21/00)
I was promised 'the run of a lifetime' by the race director. Well, it was, and I would like to share my experience. The weather was a perfect 50F at the start after a 1-hr. bus ride retracing the route to North Tahoe. The Women went first at 8:05 and the men at 8:30. The start is at 6200ft. but I didn't really notice any altitude effect. The first 5 miles or so has the road paralleling a bike path, so you had a choice. There was no real climbing till about 8-10 miles. Each mile has a sign which is easily seen plus water and Ultima every 2 miles. You run past beautiful hamlets, chalets, vistas of Lake Tahoe, and with a real sense of serenity. The real work starts at about Mile 15, where you seem to go straight up for 2 miles. But you are rewarded by going around Emerald Bay for about 2 miles. I couldn't keep my eyes on the road, it was so lovely. Then you climb 1 more big hill; you are at 20 miles, and it is truly all down hill. You hook up with a bike trail near 23 miles, and finish at Pope Beach, by the water. Ample food and drink and a bus back to Casino Centre in Stateline. My only gripe is the late start for the Half-Marathoners at 10 am, forcing us to run through a great crowd of people from halfway on. P.S. Take the boat cruise the evening before. It is worth the $28 just for the view of Emerald Bay at dusk.