The  Lake Tahoe Marathon
Early Start

A Sunday morning  walk you will never forget!

October 11, 2015

6:30 a.m. from Homewood, CA



revised March 20, 2015



6:30 a.m.  Marathon Early Start Walk.  Starts at 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. Walkers will not be given a recorded time faster than 6 hours. With the early start Marathon Walkers have a 8 hour time limit. After that the bears eat you.

  • The start is near the Homewood Ski Area

  • Stay on the shoulder of the road or bike paths all the way.

  • There will be traffic in both directions until approximately the first running marathoner passes you. Then only sporadic local traffic passing you in the north bound lane.


  • Consider lodging in Homewood on Saturday night


You get:

All finishers get a beautiful finishers medal
All marathon finishers receive a license plate holder.
All finishers get a beautiful long sleeve technical t-shirt at the expo or finish line which will be great for your winter training runs
Marathon Walkers get 8 hours to complete the course
Medical attention and aid on the course and finish line
Shuttle bus service to the start area.
Live Music, hot dogs and drinks at the finish line
Traffic controlled course but there will be local traffic on the main road.
Through traffic is stopped at the south end of the course.

Register Here



Walk through the lakefront village of Homewood and Homewood Ski area, then the village of Tahoma
A small hill between mile 9-10 and then down to lake level again at Meeks Bay (mile 11).
Wooded areas with lake views between miles 9-11.

Meeks Bay  mile 11.5                                      Rubicon  mile 14


From mile 11 at Meeks Bay to 13.2 is a long moderate climb up to Rubicon  passing majestic vistas of Lake Tahoe. Where the Half Marathon joins the course at Glen Street and Rubicon Realty begins about a nice scenic downhill 2 miles  until you approach the "Hill from Hell" at mile 15.2. From there until the top at 16.8 you will climb up about 520'. Bagpipes will urge you on to the top.

22 mile mark with beach finish in distance.

About mile 21

At the top of the Hill from Hell, you will roll down and then back up to 18 mile mark and get your first look at Emerald Bay and immediately start downhill to Eagle Falls Trail Head. You will be looking into the Desolation Wilderness as you coast downhill. At mile 19 you will head back up hill (200' gain) about 9/10th of a mile to Inspiration Point, which is the start line for the 10K. From here to the finish is all downhill or flat. At mile 22.5 you will turn off the road onto the final bike path to the finish line at Pope Beach.

12.5 mile mark of the marathons

At mile 24 you
go over Taylor Creek Bridge and the spawning fire cracker red Kokanee salmon.

At about mile 24.2  you will turn left onto Heritage Road and run towards the lake and enter the path that skirts the shore line of Lake Tahoe while running past historic mansions in the Valhalla Historical Estates . 

You will loop back out of the estates to Camp Richardson Resort and join the bike path again along the highway continuing to the entrance of Pope Beach. Turning  into Pope Beach's main entrance you will be running directly to the lake and when you make the right turn you will be at mile 26 and see the finish line dead ahead.



As you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with a smile, a finishers medal will be put around your neck and you will be 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 the start line. Marathon buses go around the East side of the lake via Incline Village and do not go through town.

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.  Enjoy the day, the beauty, and nice people you will be walking with on this Sunday morning you will never forget.