First Ironman Competition Looking for Volunteers

By: Pat Thomas Email
By: Pat Thomas Email

LAKE TAHOE, CA - Organizers of the inaugural Ironman competition are looking for volunteers to help with this year's event, scheduled for September 22. 2500 athletes from around the world will gather at Lake Tahoe to compete. Athletes will complete a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run in the Lake Tahoe Area.

Race morning starts at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. A lakeside transition and the start of the bike course take riders along the shore down the 21-mile length of the lake as riders enter Tahoe City. Cyclists race through the Truckee River corridor, following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the town of Truckee. There the course turns south back toward the lake, rolling past Northstar and the start of the climb to Brockway Summit at a 7200-foot elevation.
Back at Kings Beach, athletes repeat another loop before finishing at Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. With a transition at Squaw Valley, runners will proceed back up the Truckee River corridor along the Truckee River bike path. Then, athletes will see a relatively flat course before returning to Squaw Valley.

These events will use about 3000 volunteers, which Ironman is actively recruiting. People are needed for athlete check-in, assistance with bikes and gear bags and the finish line.


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