Summer in Tahoe is approaching, which can mean only one thing: it’s time to get extreme. From triathlons to mountain climbs, there are a bevy of competitive options for the aspiring athlete and the extreme spectator…Tailgating, cheering, or volunteering course-side are wonderful ways to enjoy the race-day spirit without depleting your electrolyte supply. Whether you prefer resting your laurels on a camp chair or sweating it out on your bike seat, here are some options to consider:
Race the Lake of the Sky: This Stand Up Paddleboard extravaganza goes well beyond long distance racing. Try your paddle at SUP Cross, relay, the Sweet Move Contest, high jump, and limbo. There’s even a “Grom” race for the kids. Jump in on the fun June 25th through 29th.
Near Death Experience: Offered at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, this premier camp takes place June 6 through June 8, and provides hands-on training for participating cyclists, who receive guaranteed entry to the 2014 Death Ride. Taking place on July 12th, this ride covers 129 miles and 15,000 feet of climbing over 5 alpine passes… Grueling? Check. Beautiful? Check. Extreme? Absolutely.
Heavenly Mountain Run: Take on the 5.8 mile climb from Cal Base to Tamarack Lodge On August 31st. If the gorgeous views aren’t reward enough for your toils, then a cold beer certainly will be! Don’t worry, you can take the gondola back down afterwards.
Tough Mudder Tahoe: Tahoe’s raddest obstacle course is coming back this summer, August 16th and 17th at Northstar. Get ready to treck through 10 to 12 miles of mud in the mountains with obstacles like The Phoenix, Cliffhanger, and Ladder to Hell along the way.
Lake Tahoe Marathon: Possibly the most beautiful 26.2 miles you will ever experience, the Lake Tahoe Marathon runs from Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe on September 14th. Do you consider 26.2 miles to be child’s play? Not only are you awesomely extreme, but you are the perfect candidate for one of the other events offered for the athletically gifted and mentally fortified: Sign up for the double or (gulp) triple marathon, spanning the entire circumference of the lake over three days. Or, would you prefer the relaxed track instead? The Lake Tahoe Marathon organizers haven’t left you behind. Events like the free kayak clinic, Historic Fun Run and the Kids Superhero 5k are offered throughout the weekend.
Lake Tahoe Ironman: This one is certainly in the upper levels of extreme. The Ironman combines a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. On September 21, find a great spot to cheer on these athletes: many have traveled the world and all have worked tirelessly to get to this high elevation race. Spectators are likely to see some wild and crazy things (Personally, I have witnessed firefighters competing in full gear and a finish line wedding proposal…).
Tahoe Bike Classic: End your summer cycling season with the 72 mile Gran Fondo that circles the lake. Come cheer on your favorite local rider at the September 27 time trial or watch the main race on September 28.