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Spectator’s Guide to Ironman North Lake Tahoe

It’s race week of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe! Cheer on the insanely fit Ironman athletes as they compete in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run race. The event takes place September 22, with 2,500 athletes competing for a slot in the Ironman World Championships and a piece of the $75,000 purse. These athletes are excited to compete in stunning Lake Tahoe… after all, the event registrations sold out in less than 24 hours!

First-Impression_Ironman_2012Here are some of the best places to watch the event according to Ironmon event producers:

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass road thru old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The

Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike, and 4 times on the run.

Be sure to hop over to Reno before or after the race – it’s close enough that the Ironman runners could probably run there!

The Great Tahoe Sternwheeler Race!

The Great Sternwheeler RaceThe Lake Tahoe area is full of fun, unique traditions, but my favorite may be the Great Sternwheeler Race. This year will be the 21st annual ‘paddle battles,’ and like most Tahoe residents I can’t wait.

There has always been a sort of friendly rivalry between the California and Nevada citizens who each feel an equal amount of pride and ownership of our beautiful lake, and that competition is given form each year when these two giant crafts fight for supremacy.

California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s MS Dixie II will push off from their respective harbors on August 31st and work their way around the shoreline, six miles back to their starting point. Passengers often dress in 19th century period costume and the ships themselves are decked out in their finest.

Tahoe QueenThis proper sternwheeler race is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the winner is awarded the Korbel Cup. In past years the loser has been presented with the Barton bedpan, another Tahoe tradition. This is to point out to them that they would have been better off staying in bed, and unfortunately for the California supporters, it has been the Tahoe Queen for 12 of the 20 races run so far.

Both boats board at 10am and passengers are offered a delightful brunch. They push off at 10:30 and the race itself begins at 11am. It usually lasts about an hour and a half. This year tickets will cost $25 for adults and $13 for children, plus $10 for parking at the marina if necessary.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Tristan Roberts is a native of South Lake Tahoe who can’t quite help but root for the Tahoe Queen. He currently sells lakefront real estate in the Tahoe area

Reno Tahoe USA Events Information Center Unveiled at Reno Airport

Now open at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the Reno Tahoe USA Events Information Center allows visitors to get a glimpse of the wide array of special events and activities to be experienced throughout the destination. Upon arrival, visitors will have a chance to participate in the interactive display and learn more about what Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. The display is located along the east wall, just south of the baggage claim area.

Be sure to stop by the next time you are in the airport!

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A Safe Summer on Lake Tahoe

Here we are!  Spring has finished thawing into Summer and the long nights of winter are so far away that they are the last thing on our minds right now.  With the sun gearing up to go full power, we’re all looking forward to cooling off the all-natural way, by taking a dip in the lake.

Before you take that dive though, it’s important to make sure that however you plan on spending a day at the lake, that you come back safe and sound from doing so.  Because the best vacations are the ones you can take again!

Dress for the occasion

Make sure you have the right clothing and gear when you step outside.  Light clothing that covers your skin but also lets you breath, hats and sunglasses to keep the sunlight out of your eyes, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the effects of long-term sun exposure.

The sun is a great friend, but stick around him too long and that sunburn will have you regretting the day you too first met.  Even if you’re going to be swimming, put on some waterproof sunblock, as sunburns are possible even in the water.

Know the rules

Whether you’re going to be swimming, paddling a kayak, or riding in a boat, make sure you are informed about the rules of the water.  Nothing ruins a good time like a surprise fine that could easily have been avoided.

Don’t look at any set of rules and regulation as annoying little guidelines.  They exist for the purpose of keeping everyone safe.  Knowing the areas for boating, swimming and other activities will help keep an unfortunate incident from happening.

Bring your friend(s)

One of the best ways to keep safe is to have a buddy tag along that will look out for you, the same way that you would look out for them.  Even the most experienced swimmers can have an accident, and one bad wave on the water and a bad landing might mean you’re in trouble if nobody else is around to help you.

Bring your gear

If you’re taking a boat out onto the water, or any other kind of watercraft, make sure to bring along all of the required safety equipment.  Life vests, flares, horns, and any other federally or locally required equipment should be with you, and life vests should always be worn when out on the water.

Leave the booze on the shore

It’s no secret alcohol impairs judgment, and if you don’t think it does, well, put down that beer and let someone sober take the wheel.  The impaired judgment and decreased reaction times are a recipe for disaster, so just leave those ingredients out of that equation.

Situational awareness

Check out the weather conditions before you go.  People are often surprised by how windy it can get on the lake, and that surprise can cause some serious accidents, especially for people in light-watercraft such as kayaks.

Be aware of designated activity areas, and be aware of other people on the water.  Swimming into a lane for jet-skiing puts both you and the jet-skier at risk.

Get your fun on!

Don’t look at safety as a hassle, remember that rules are there to protect everyone, and by sticking to them you’ll not only have a great time out there, but you’ll live to enjoy it again!

Author:Tristan Roberts is a husband, father, and lake-lover who is lucky enough to live near the Lake Tahoe beaches. He works with CB Lake Tahoe selling beautiful lakefront real estate.

Adventure Sports Week Tahoe

Long known as a premier outdoor haven, North Lake Tahoe will capitalize on its famed natural terrain to host the 2nd Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24.

1_tahoelogoThe 10-day festival invites outdoor enthusiasts to participate in competitive events ranging from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming – all of which highlight Tahoe’s scenic beauty.

According to Event Director Todd Jackson of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, in addition to the sporting events, designed for the beginner to the professional, the festivities will also include clinics hosted by world-class athletes and Lake Tahoe locals who know area trails firsthand. Each night of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe will wrap up with a variety of activities, including live concerts, outdoor movies and dinner on the lake. There’s even a kid-friendly component with fun and games geared for little ones.

“Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is for those who appreciate clean air, clear water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate,” said Jackson. “We live in one of the world’s top outdoor playgrounds and it’s time to celebrate our passion for adventure.”

Lake Tahoe Beach Finder

Looking for a nearby beach in Lake Tahoe – there’s an app for that!

Search and discover Lake Tahoe public beaches..

TB_iPhone_640x920_4The Lake Tahoe Beaches app uses GPS to help you find nearby beaches and driving directions.

  • Find nearby Lake Tahoe beaches at your fingertips.
  • Search by features – Accessibility, Barbecues, Boat Rentals, Campfires, Campsites Nearby, Fishing Nearby, Food Concessions, Group Facilities, Overnight Parking, Paddleboard/Kayak, Jet Ski Rentals, Pets OK, Picnic Tables, Playground, Public Bathrooms, Public Transit Nearby, Shade Available, Showers and Volleyball Courts.
  • Use a map to find a beach
  • Learn more about each beach  such as: photos, hours of operation, parking info, contact info, nearby transit, directions, ways to help take care of the environment and a full description.

Learn more!

Download in Google Play

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Independence Day in Reno Tahoe

gothathoenorth.com Lake-Tahoe-FireworksRed, White and Tahoe Blue – The Fourth in North Lake

Between three fireworks displays, a beer and bluegrass festival, a late-night DJ party, local music, a gourmet dinner event, and a host of boating, hiking and biking options — North Lake Tahoe is serving up a weekend full of activities fit for everyone this coming 4th of July.

Catch any of three lakeside fireworks displays at Kings Beach (July 3), Incline Village (July 4) or Tahoe City (July 4) by night. And enjoy some uniquely Tahoe experiences by day. Watch a parade of historic wooden boats on Tahoe’s West Shore, attend bluegrass concerts and taste microbrews at Northstar, or take a front-row seat to the best of Tahoe’s homegrown musicians at Squaw Valley’s Made in Tahoe festival.

• Red White and Tahoe Blue

Incline Village’s Independence Day festival since 2007, Red, White and Tahoe Blue has 28 events in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, including a parade and concerts and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays July 4at Incline Beach!

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Star Spangled Sparks

Celebrate America’s independence with free tethered hot air balloon rides, a pancake breakfast, fun-run-walk, Model Dairy Milk Carton Boat Races, a military fly-over and the Reno/Sparks’ Got Talent Competition. The excitement continues with craft and food vendors, and a game area for the kids.

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Biggest Little City Wing Fest

July 4-6

Taste the best wings Fourth of July weekend in downtown Reno! With some smokin’ live music all weekend long, chicken wing vendors from all over competing for cash prizes, an amateur wing-eating contest and street faire vendors, Virginia Street is the All-American place to be for 4th of July weekend!

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Fourth of July Parade, Fireworks and Concert in Virginia City

July 4

The celebration includes a parade, the Red White and YOU Wine Walk, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, and of course a spectacular fireworks show.

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Next Stop: Reno/Tahoe

next stopNext Stop TV Show, powered by Alaska Airlines, recently ventured to Reno Tahoe to get an insiders guide to an epic Reno Tahoe vacation.  Their adventure leads them to mountaintop panoramic views with Lake Tahoe Snowmobile, an “over-the-top crazy” event at SnowFest, bluebird skiing at Diamond Peak, Tahoe-style luxury at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa, great eats at Campo Reno, the mixology behind EDGE Nightspot, and a taste of local music with former NBC “The Voice” contestant Whitney Myer. Check it out:

RENO TAHOE, THE “NEXT BIG THING”?

Northern Nevada reaches “Tipping Point” with Colin Kaepernick, Apple investment, Barrett-Jackson win and “Top 10” lists galore.

The last 12 months in Northern Nevada have led to an impressive “tipping point” in the region’s history: University of Nevada, Reno star alumni Colin Kaepernick took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in his first year as an NFL starter; Apple announced a billion dollar investment in the Reno/Sparks area, starting with the development of a new server farm for its growing iTunes and iCloud needs; Lake Tahoe was voted the #1 lake in the United States by the readers of USA Today; Barrett-Jackson, the world’s premier collector car event company, announced a new Reno Tahoe auction starting in August 2013; and the region garnered “Top 10” wins for everything from “Top 10 Ski Resorts” (Forbes), “8 Hot Towns to Snap Up Bargains Now” (Where to Retire magazine), “Healthiest Cities for Women” (Women’s Health), “America’s Hottest Cold Cities” (Livability.com), “Best Cities for Cycling” (Bicycling magazine), “Best Cities for Dogs” (Men’s Health), “Great Places for Christmas Spirit” (USA Today) to “Top 10 Spas” (Atlantis: “Best Casino Hotel Spa” and “Best for Romance”; Peppermill: “Best for LGBT”, Spafinder), “Loosest Slots in the Nation”: #1 ranking (Casino Player magazine), and many more.

arch jeff dow “It seems that the rest of the country is finally figuring out what those of us who are fortunate enough to live here – or visit regularly – already know: Reno Tahoe is one of America’s best ‘undiscovered’ four season resort destinations,” said Christopher Baum, President and CEO of Reno Tahoe USA. Added Baum, “The beauty – and mild climate – of our high desert setting in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is a distinct advantage over better-known desert resorts of the lower Southwest, especially in the summertime when our 80 to 90-degree daytime temperatures make our long list of world class sports and special events a ‘must do’ for savvy travelers who appreciate enjoying the great outdoors.”

And with hot spot Campo landing on Esquire’s list of “The Best New Restaurants in America,” even Reno’s fun dining scene is really taking off.

Amongst the many signature special events that take place annually in the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe area are “Street Vibrations” Spring and Fall motorcycle rallies; “Reno Rodeo,” including “PRCA Extreme Bulls”; “Artown”; “HDRA Reno 500 Off-Road Race”; “Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival”; “PGA Reno-Tahoe Open”; “Hot August Nights” car cruise; “Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe Auction”; “Lucas Oil Off-road Racing Series”; “Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff”; “The Great Reno Balloon Race”; “Virginia City International Camel Races”; “National Championship Air Races”; and many more.

“No resort destination in North America has a stronger lineup of unique, highly attended special events and competitions every summer than Reno Tahoe USA,” according to Baum. “This region is a beehive of special event activity from June through September.”

Baum is quick to note that Reno Tahoe’s well-deserved reputation as an outdoor sports mecca helps keep the destination busy 12 months a year. Besides Lake Tahoe’s world class skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, visitors can also take advantage of whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Truckee River (including a stretch of rapids that passes right through downtown Reno); more than 50 challenging golf courses; triathlons, marathons and jogging; hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing (including North America’s tallest manmade climbing wall in downtown Reno); hunting and fishing in forest and desert locales; skydiving and parasailing; personal watercraft, paddle boarding, sailing and surfing (!) in Lake Tahoe; and off-road driving in Jeeps, dune buggies and ATVs.

“Reno is also a national leader in team competitions, with our National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno, and Golden Eagle sports complex in Sparks, hosting more bowling, baseball and softball tournaments than anywhere else in the country,” according to Baum.

Add the AAA baseball champion Reno Aces, the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns – and high school and collegiate competitions for everything from volleyball to boxing to pole vaulting – and Northern Nevada is definitely a sports destination of incredible variety and appeal.

So what does this highly diverse avalanche of national recognition, accomplishment and good news all add up to?

“We also made Businessweek’s list of ‘America’s 50 Best Cities,’ right ahead of Phoenix and Scottsdale,” according to Baum. “So if tens-of-thousands of new visitors don’t start coming here soon, I’d be very surprised.”

2012 Expedition Man Endurance Festival

The inaugural Expedition Man Endurance Festival, August 25, is an ultra-long relay and Aqua Bike triathlon, simultaneously. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned event will traverse 140.6 miles through the communities of Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Washoe Valley, Reno and Sparks, and highlight the breathtaking and iconic Northern Nevada scenery.

Race Details
Each leg offers the Ultra Distance or an optional Long distance. Race begins at 6:00am at Zephyr Cover Resort.

1The unique course starts swimmers at Zephyr Cove Resort in the beautiful southern part of South Lake Tahoe, NV (2.4 miles or 1.2 miles). The 112 mile bike ride will utilize a variety of Northern Nevada’s scenery including a 1,400 ft elevation drop into Carson City (56 mile option). The bike portion of the route includes a three mile climb to Spooner Lake (7,100ft elevation), followed by a thrilling downhill ride that includes a 1,400ft elevation drop into Carson. The course then goes through the pristine calmness of Washoe Valley and continues into Reno, ending at the Legends at Sparks Marina. The day ends with a long run along the Truckee River Trail finishing at the Legends at Sparks Marina (26.2 miles or 13.1 miles).


Festival Area (Located at Scheels)
DJ Ryon, 93.7 BOB-FM and some of your favorite local bands will keep the music flowing at this year’s Festival located at the Legends at Sparks Marina in front of Scheels.The Festival will have a vendor area with plenty of food and drinks and a great viewing area for spectators looking for their favorite athlete coming in and out of the bike-run transition areas or crossing the finish line. Come out and enjoy this great event!