The Ironman races are 140.6k triathlons, with three legs/courses: Swimming, bicycling, and running. The Ironman 70.3 is also a triathlon, but with half the distance in all three courses/legs.
If you’re looking for one of the most challenging Ironman races, look no further than Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe on September 20, 2015. How is our local course more challenging than many others worldwide? The 21 mile bike course includes a climb of 6,000 feet over the ride, and the 2.4 mile swim and the marathon are done at 6,000 feet above sea level. Enough to challenge any athlete, no matter how experienced, the Lake Tahoe course is one of the toughest in the world.
The race begins at Kings Beach State Beach in North Lake Tahoe. The bike course race through Tahoe City along the Truckee River, past Squaw Valley, and into Truckee. The course then turns back toward the lake past Northstar and takes you to the start of the climb to Brockway Summit, where the athletes loop back around to Kings Beach. The running course takes you on a repeat of the course and back to Squaw Village to the finish line. 50 qualifying slots for the 2016 World Championship are offered at Ironman Lake Tahoe, and 30 slots for Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe for the ultimate races in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Registration is available online, as are training suggestions, coaching tips, and gear lists.
Please note: As of publication, the dates and course locations were correct. However, weather, permitting, and other issues can cause changes. Contact race coordinators directly or use the links provided to check for up-to-the-minute information before making your plans. Thank you!