Two Ironman events on September 21 in Lake Tahoe

For the first time nationally, IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® race on the same day in North Lake Tahoe. Today IRONMAN announces that IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will pilot this dual program in North America. This format is well received by athletes in Asia-Pacific.

The IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe is the 25th race in the U.S. Series. IRONMAN Lake Tahoe returns for the second time after selling out registration last year. The two races are scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014.

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with IRONMAN with the introduction of IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “The opportunity to showcase our region as a world-class endurance venue to athletes from around the globe fits perfectly with our human powered sports initiative.”

IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe leads athletes through a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run on the same terrain as IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The race will start with a single loop 1.2-mile swim in the pristine waters of North Lake Tahoe at King’s Beach.

Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a one-loop 56-mile bike course that will travel through Tahoe City before following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the town of Truckee. From there, the course turns south past Northstar and climbs to Brockway Summit.

Athletes will complete the bike course at Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. Runners will proceed back up the Truckee River bike path and be treated to a relatively flat course before finishing along the cobbled corridors of the Village at Squaw Valley.

“As IRONMAN expands globally, there is an increased desire for athletes from all regions to have similar opportunities,” said Steve Meckfessel, managing director of Global Race Operations for IRONMAN. “Lake Tahoe is a perfect venue for this program as it allows athletes with different fitness levels and goals to experience everything Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region has to offer.”

This news is in addition to the announcement that North Lake Tahoe will host the 2015-2016 USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships. The national championships draw more than 1,000 participants, and thousands of spectators, family members and friends. USA Cycling is the national governing body for cycling in the U.S. and represents more than 2,500 clubs and teams and 70,800 members. The organization hosts a series of road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike and BMX national championships across the nation.

Each of these races represents the region’s growing popularity as a location for national and international endurance events.

General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe is now open at www.ironman.com/laketahoe70.3 . For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. For more information on North Lake Tahoe visit www.gotahoenorth.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to laketahoe@ironman.com.

—GoTahoeNorth.com

(Photo credit: credit: Emilo Vaca)

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