Lake Tahoe Marathon

October 29 - 31, 2021

All Day Event

Lake Tahoe Marathon - Helicopter View of runners

October 29, 2021 October 31, 2021

October 29 – 30, 2021. Tahoe Blue Vodka’s Lake Tahoe Marathon. Run, jog, or walk your way to this premier three-day running festival, attracting thousands of athletes and visitors each year. You’ll find a range of events for everyone from the casual runner to the fanatic including a 5K, 10K, Half Marathons, 16.6-Miler, Marathons, Ultras and the famous Triple Marathon and Triple Half Marathon Trifecta! Arguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, this is one race you won’t want to miss!

Things are nearly back to normal at Lake Tahoe. The Fall Colors have begun. The temperatures have started dropping at night. I have to bring in my Gerrianiums at night. We drove down Highway 50 last weekend and witnessed the charred trees along the side off the road. Notice 5 or 6 cabins with only their fireplaces remaining. South Lake Tahoe has charred trees in Xmas Valley that you can see, but no homes were listed in South Lake Tahoe. The fire did come within 3/4 miles of my home. We were lucky the wind stopped and the 4900 firefighters stopped the fire in its tracks. We can not see the damage to the forest.

California has the best record for the fewest new cases in the country. I had my booster shot last Tuesday so you won’t be catching it from me.

You must be vaccinated to pick up your race bib or a recent negative Covid-test taken early race week. You will be required to wear a mask to ride our shuttle buses to the start line. Once at the start line you may “Start When Ready” crossing the start mats. If you want to win the race outright you must start at the official start time.

The Tahoe 5K and Edgewood 10K and the Free Optimist Kids Fun Runs are back to running on Sunday, after a brief flirtation and thought of running them on Saturday. The little goblins will want to run in their costumes and will get a pumpkin when done. They run right after the 5K and 10K.

I want to remind you that our courses are the prettiest you will ever do. And the starting line of the Emerald Bay Half Marathon is the most spectacular start line you will have anywhere.

To encourage you to register and Run Tahoe we are offering a flat 10% discount by registering before NOON on Friday October 8. Use the promo code: Witch

What’s Included:

  • Maybe the most beautiful course in the world.
  • Medical attention and aid on the course and finish line from Barton Hospital staff.
  • Beautiful finishers medal
  • Event shirt for each finisher
  • Overall awards for 5 year age groups
  • Race Travel Bag for each finisher (see below)
  • Music, hot dogs, food trucks and drinks at the finish line
  • Traffic controlled course
  • Insurance
  • Unlimited camaraderie and fun
  • Unlimited beauty
  • You will have the best Runcation ever!

For more information on the events, dates, locations, and registration, visit or check out their Facebook page!

The Optimist Club and the Lake Tahoe Marathon are putting on free pumpkin runs for ages 1-10 at Lakeside Beach starting at 10 AM on Halloween Day as part of the Lake Tahoe Marathon. Register for free online at or just come to the race on Sunday at 9 AM to register.

Little goblins are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume for this event. The Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe is providing pumpkins and refreshments for participants. This is the best photo opportunity of the weekend.

Race headquarters are at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Thursday-Saturday. Free event parking at the Hard Rock Hotel back parking lot.

For further info: or 530-559-2261

The Lake Tahoe Marathon is also looking for volunteers to pass out race bibs, t-shirts, and other
swag on Thursday afternoon Oct 28th, Friday evening Oct 29th, and Saturday, Oct 30th.

If you would like to help please call or text Les Wright at 530-559-2261 or email

We also are looking for a race announcer for the finish line at Lakeside Beach on October 31.


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