DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, runners will once again run counter-clockwise around Lake Tahoe in the 55th annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay. Considered to be the oldest relay race in the country, the Lake Tahoe Relay began as a New Year's gag by a group of college runners in 1959, grew into a tribute to a beloved son, and has evolved over decades as a family's labor of love. With altitudes up to 6,500 ft. on the 72-mile course around scenic Lake Tahoe, this race is as fun as it is challenging.
The Lake Tahoe Relay teams consist of 7 people, each running approximately 8 to 12 miles. All runners will have the same team number pinned on the front of their shirt. Course closes at 8:00 p.m. Runners will be asked to leave the course after 8:00 p.m. for their own safety.
The (1) person 72-mile ultra marathon circling beautiful Lake Tahoe. The event will start at 5:00 am at the start finish line of the Lake Tahoe Relay. Competitors will have 15 hours to complete the course and will need to done by 8 pm.
The (2) person 72-mile relay. Each member will run 36 miles alternating legs on as needed based off team dynamics. The event will start at 5 am and teams will have 15 hours to complete the race.
In 1982 the Stereoscope Loafers erased the existing record for the 72-mile relay in a time of 6:16: 28. The team consisted of 6 Olympians from Columbia. Domingo & Miguel Tibiduiza, Jairo Carrea, Henry Carvajal, Joaquin Leano and Derek May from South Africa. All UNR runners. This record will probably never be beaten.
The past 10 years the Chico Track Club has dominated the Open Men’s division only once in 2011 being beaten by BYU. McFarland High School has dominated the Boys High School division. Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders have been great supporters of the relay setting records in the Men’s 50, 60 & 70-year-old divisions. The Old Birds hold the record for "longest participation" at 35 years.
This non-profit event is a labor of love and a memorial to Robert DeCelle Jr and Sr, beloved father and brother. All proceeds have gone to High School and Youth running programs within California and Nevada. All of the timers, workers and the band are DeCelle family members or close friends.