The weekend of July 23 will be a busy one at Donner Lake! There are two events taking place that center around the west end of the lake. Donner Lake is a favorite location for events that include endurance swims because it is a clean, clear alpine lake. The water temperature can be a little cool and range from the mid-60’s to very low 70’s, but the following two events allow for the use of wetsuits to keep swimmers warm.2017 Truckee Open Water Swim
On Saturday July 22nd the Truckee Open Water Swim pushes off from the West End Beach of Donner Lake off S Shore Drive. Athletes can register beforehand or during check-in on Friday July 21, 5-7 pm or Saturday July 22, 7-7:30 am. Fees range from $45 to $85 depending on the registration date and length of swim.
The swim begins at 8 am and includes a choice of a .5 mile course, a 1.2 mile course and a 2.4 mile course. All involve two left turns that are marked by buoys out in the water with a return to the same beach to finish.
The Truckee Open Water Swim is one of a series of Open Water Swims in the area organized by Big Blue Adventure out of Lake Tahoe. Big Blue Adventure, an event production, management & marketing company, also organizes the Donner Lake Triathlon.
2017 Donner Lake Triathlon
Whether a seasoned Triathlete or a first-timer, you’ll be working hard to prepare for the Donner Lake Triathlon scheduled for Saturday and Sunday July 22 and 23! Training will have started months before and the athletes will be excited to get going. There are several races available to participants over the weekend. Along with the Olympic Course which includes swimming 1500 meters in Donner Lake, at 40 kilometer (24.8 miles) bike course and a 6.5 mile run, there will also be a Half and Spring Triathlon, an Aquabike and kids race.
The Half Triathlon is a more challenging route than the Olympic, in that the swim is 1.2 Kilometers, followed by a 56 mile bike and a 13.36 run.
The Sprint is a shorter course than the Olympic and Half Triathlons and involves a ¼ mile swim, a 6 mile bike and a 2 mile run.
The Aquabike foregoes the run and includes a 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike course.
The kids shorter version of the Triathlon is meant to be non-competitive and fun; a healthy activity for the children aged 4 to 15 to be proud of.
Registration is required before race day and closes at 8 pm July 20 for those wanting to participate in the kids or sprint race. The Aquabike, Olympic, and Half triathletes will have until Friday July 21st at 8 pm to throw their hat in the ring. Visit the DonnerLakeTri.com website to get specific details on start times, rules and regulations.
This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.