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California Gets its Ironman Race with Ironman Lake Tahoe

ironman lake tahoeIt's been no secret that the World Triathlon Corporation and many west coast triathletes have wanted an Ironman race on the west coast or California. Several cities put in bids like San Luis Obispo, CA and Bend, OR and now we have a winner. The winner is the North Lake Tahoe region in California with the announcement of a new Ironman qualifying race from the World Triathlon Corporation.

Triathlon: Ironman Lake Tahoe
When: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Where: King's Beach-Squaw Valley, California
Divisions: Professional, Age Group
Website: www.ironmanlaketahoeca.com

Ironman Lake Tahoe, set in one of the world's premier vacation destinations, will offer athletes a beautiful, challenging experience in a picturesque venue. The inaugural event is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2013, and will be the first full-distance Ironman event in California since 2001.

"Lake Tahoe's natural beauty and experience in hosting world-class endurance events have made it one of the world's most appealing sports destinations," said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for WTC. "The launch of a full-distance Ironman event in California has been a long time coming. We're confident this race will develop into a cornerstone of the global Ironman Series."

The race will start with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe at King's Beach (average water temperature of 65 to 70 degrees). Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a two-loop 112-mile bike course that is comparable in difficulty to the bike routes at Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman Canada and Ironman Wisconsin. Cyclists will travel along the lake into Tahoe City before following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the town of Truckee. From there, the course turns south back toward Lake Tahoe, has a short loop in Martis Camp, continues past Northstar and climbs to Brockway Summit. After a descent back down to Kings Beach, athletes will complete a second loop, and then a final, flat 17 miles to finish the bike course at Squaw Valley. With a transition at Squaw, runners will proceed along the Truckee River bike path into Tahoe City, and continue south along the shores of Lake Tahoe to a turnaround in historic Homewood, CA. The out and back, one-loop 26.2 mile run is largely flat and traverses one of the most scenic lake vistas in the world before finishing along the cobbled corridors of the Village at Squaw Valley.

North Lake Tahoe, is at an elevation of 6,200 where athletes will start the swim. Triathletes will have a net gain of 5,240ft of climbing on the scenic bike course and is mainly flat with 653ft of elevation gain on the run course.


"Athletes will experience breathtaking beauty as granite peaks give way to some of the clearest waters in the U.S.," said Andy Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, the host destination and an official sponsor of the 2013 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe.

Ironman Lake Tahoe will be a P-2000 race with a $75,000 USD professional prize purse. Additionally, the race will offer 50 age group slots to the 2014 Ironman World Championship taking place on Oct. 11, 2014.

Registration for the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe will open on Monday, June 18, at Noon PT at www.ironmanlaketahoeca.com.

The region is a 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport.

This is the second Ironman race addition to the 2013 schedule in recent weeks. Back in May the WTC announced a new series race in Mexico, Ironman Los Cabos in March.
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