The 20th
Lake Tahoe Marathon+

A Sunday morning run you will never forget!

October 11, 2015

7:30 a.m. from Homewood, CA
6:30 AM Early start for over 6 hour finishers

Finish at Lakeside Beach, South Lake Tahoe, CA


Sunday's Marathon is the original Lake Tahoe Marathon.
And is the 3rd marathon of  the Triple Marathon.

The  point to point  Sunday Marathon course has a new start near the Homewood Ski area.
and finishes at Lakeside Beach in South Lake Tahoe about 6 blocks from the Expo and the Casino Hotels.

Use this address to map start area.

Homewood Ski Area


Lakeside Beach, So Lake Tahoe to map the finish line.

Road closure at Spring Creek by:
Thomas Haen Company Inc.

9 PM Saturday night  The Tahoe  72 Miler This is a resurrected event that started back in the 70's and run  sporadically over the years. The LTM version starts  at Lakeside Beach 9 P.M.  and finishes with the regular marathon. Ultra's will  cover the first 46 miles and join in with the regular Marathon at Homewood,  if you do the first 46 miles in 10 hours.

6 a.m.  Marathon Early StartersStarts near Homewood. This is for marathoners who will finish over 6 hours. This is a non-competitive event, but still provides marathon finishers medals and marathon license plate frame holder. This is not designed as an early start for faster runners. Times will not be recorded faster than 6 hours for this event.

7:30  a.m.  Tahoe 18 Mile Power Walk or Jog  This is a non-competitive event for walker- joggers. There will be finishers medals and timed finishers results, but no competitive awards. This is designed for the power walker, but a runner can use it as a training run for a future marathon event. The start will be at the top of the Hill from Hell near the entrance to Bliss State Park.

7:30 a.m.  Men, Women, Relay, and Triple Marathon Starts 

  • All marathon men & women who anticipate finishing under 6 hour will start together
  • All Triple Marathoners
  • The 4-Person Marathon Relays
  • The start exact start is yet to be determined by an official course measurement. But very near Homewood Ski Area.


  Blue Benadum leads eventual Marathon Winner Jesus Lopez at the 19 mile aid station overlooking Emerald Bay. Blue finishes second in the Sunday Marathon, but first in all 3 days of the Triple Marathon.


You get:

  1. At the expo  Marathoners, Half Marathoners and Ultra Marathoners get a travel race bag
  2. All finishers get a beautiful finishers medal
  3. All marathon finishers receive a license plate holder.
  4. All registered runners get a beautiful long sleeve technical t-shirt at the expo or finish line which will be great for you winter training runs.
  5. The First  25 men and women to cross the finish line will receive a top 25 award wind shirt at the finish line that will be specially designated as a Top 25 finisher.
  6. Top 3 in each age group will receive an age group award.
    Age Divisions are: 15-19,
    20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and  70+, 80+
  7. The first man and women will receive an overall award.
  8. Medical attention and aid on the course and finish line
  9. Shuttle bus service to the start area.
  10. Live Music, Hot dogs and drinks at the Lakeside Beach finish line
  11. Ultima Replenisher is the sports drink on the course and at the finish line..

     Our other Marathon is the Maui Oceanfront Marathon   January 17, 2016


Shuttle Bus information.
From South Lake Tahoe, take the shuttle bus from the South Lake Tahoe Transportation Center (STC) which is next door to the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel  to the Marathon start line.
See the shuttle bus schedule printed on the back of your race number or else where on this web site.

Park your car in the free casino parking area at any of the casinos





Start your run through the lakefront village of Homewood and Homewood Ski area.

Run through the village of Tahoma at mile 2

A small hill between mile 2-3 and then down to lake level again at Meeks Bay (mile 4).

Wooded areas with lake views between miles 5-8.

Meeks Bay  mile 4                                      Rubicon  mile 8


From mile 4 at Meeks Bay to 5.2 is a long moderate climb up to Rubicon  passing majestic vistas of Lake Tahoe. At Rubicon you will enjoy a very scenic down hill two miles before beginning the Hill from Hell at about mile 8.  From there until the top at mile 9.5 you will climb up about 520'. Bagpipes will urge you on to the top.

15 mile mark

About mile 15

At the top of the Hill from Hell, you will roll down and then back up to 11 mile mark and get your first look at Emerald Bay and immediately start down hill to Eagle Falls Trail Head. You will be looking into the Desolation Wilderness as you coast down hill. At mile 12 you will head back up hill (200' gain) about 9/10th of a mile to Inspiration Point, which is the start line of the Emerald Bay Half Marathon. From here to the finish is all downhill or flat.

13.4 mile mark

At mile 18 you
go over Taylor Creek Bridge and the spawning fire cracker red Kokanee salmon.

You will loop back out of the estates to Camp Richardson Resort and join the bike path again along the highway continuing past the entrance of Pope Beach and continue on the bike path to South Lake Tahoe.

At 15th Street you will turn into Tahoe Keys at about mile 19. You will run on bike trails and back streets and eventually finish at Lakeside Beach below the casino's at Stateline.



As you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with a smile, a finishers medal will be put around your neck and given a bottle of water. Medical attention will be available if needed and your warm up bag will be nearby.

Think about the optional VIP Lunch as an option  (below right).




You may want to grab a cold beer before  wading  into the cold blue waters of  Lake Tahoe to sooth your tired feet before heading over and getting  a hot dog and goodies.

 If you get into town too late to go to the expo you may pick up your shirt at the finish line and your race number at your start line race morning. 

The back of your race bib will have the bus schedule and a lot of other important information.

Bring your camera, and prepare to be impressed by the sheer beauty of the course. There is little  chance of a PR because this course will be all you can handle, so enjoy the day, the beauty, and nice people you will be running with. You will not have a fast time, but you will have a great time at Lake Tahoe.