This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 4, 2014

Shuttle bus pass/ meal purchase

To register for a bus pass or pre-purchase a meal click here

Pre-purchase of meals are $8, $10 after 9/29/16. Meal options can also be viewed on
Bus passes are $12/runner and are not marked up. This is my cost. More information can be found on the event web page at


Patagonia technical short sleeved event shirts are available to purchase for $35. There will be a men's and women's cut. The last day to purchase one will be September 18. There will not be any extra shirts to purchase on race day. We apologize for the inconvenience but my garage is full! Patagonia has changed manufacturers of these shirts within the past year and they have altered the design and cut of the shirts. Please refer to the Patagonia website for sizing. The product # is 11920 for men and 11923 for women. They are a slim fit so please take that into consideration when ordering. There will be no exchanges for different sizes as we will not be ordering extras.

Packet Pick Up/Onsite Registration

Due to construction and limited parking along the Hwy. at Tunnel Creek cafe, packet pick up this year will be located at Ascent Physical Therapy, 2350 S. Carson St. #4, Carson City, NV 89701 from 4-6PM Friday September 30. Race day packet pick up will be at the start of the race at Spooner State Park from 7-8:30AM Saturday October 1. Onsite registration will be available during those times at those locations as well. Please give yourself and event staff plenty of time to get everyone their packets and bibs.

Parking update 9/18/16

There is continued construction going on along hwy. 28 in Incline Village at Tunnel Creek Cafe. Construction will still be in progress during the time of this event so we have to alter our parking plan for race day. Race parking along Hwy. 28 will be for the 42 runners who are on the morning shuttle list and that list is currently full. All other runners will need to either park at Spooner and take the shuttle back to their vehicle after they finish or make arrangements to be dropped off/picked up.

The course

The course starts at Spooner Lake, Nevada State Park located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.

The first mile of the run follows North Canyon Road (jeep road) into the backcountry. At .8 tenths of a mile, the course veers off to the left and onto the Marlette Lake Trail, a beautiful single track. In the next 3.2 miles, runners climb 1200 feet through conifers and aspen groves passing an old loggers cabin on their way to Marlette saddle, the highest point on the course, at 8200 feet. After cresting the hill, the trail then descends a half mile to Marlette Lake at 7823 feet.

Once at Marlette Lake, all runners make a sharp left turn and continue on a flat jeep road along the west shore of Marlette Lake for 1 mile. At the dam, just before dropping onto the Flume trail, runners will encounter the first of 2 aid stations along the course at mile 5.6. After leaving the Dam Aid Station, the next 4.5 miles of running are flat and narrow (sometimes very narrow) single track of some of the most spectacular views you will ever experience.

Use caution, as this section has very steep drop offs and can be challenging for those who are afraid of heights. Although some of you may think that this section should be flat and fast, it is quite the contrary. The breathtaking views along this 4.5 mile section will literally stop you in your tracks. Every turn seems to reveal a better view to snap on your smartphone. To help keep traffic flowing, we will have a professional photographer out on this section of the course taking event photos of every runner.

After these memorable 4.5 miles come to an end, runners come upon the second and Last Aid Station on the course at the junction of the Flume Trail and Tunnel Creek Road. Put your downhill legs on for the next 3 miles: a 1500 foot descent down Tunnel Creek Road (jeep road). When almost down to lake level, runners will veer off Tunnel Creek Road to the right through a green gate heading north toward the finish line at Tunnel Creek Station.

Additional Information

Please visit for more detailed race information.

Shuttle passes must be purchased in advance. This event is run point to point. There is parking for less than 50 cars along Hwy. 28 at Tunnel Creek Cafe where the finish is located due to construction. Alternative parking is available within Spooner State Park but there is an entry fee to the park. If you plan on using the shuttle to get you to the start at Spooner from Tunnel Creek Cafe or back to Spooner to retrieve your car after finishing, you must purchase a shuttle pass.

Tahoe 2-Day Trail Marathon

Ascent Runs has partnered with the Tahoe Mountain Milers in offering runners the Tahoe Two Day Trail Marathon! Runners who complete the Tahoe Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon on Saturday October 1 & the Kokanee Trail Half Marathon on October 2 will receive a special completion award. So come and join us for a weekend of great trail running at Lake Tahoe! More info about Kokanee can be found at

Local time: 8:29 PM


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Kevin Bigley
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