This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 3, 2015

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 on race day. Meal options can also be viewed on
As of 9/28/15 - Shuttle passes are sold out. If you have already purchased a shuttle pass and intend to park at the start at Spooner(fee to enter park) and get a ride back to your car via the shuttle, please contact the RD so we can open up a seat on the morning shuttle to the start. Thank you. More information can be found on the event web page at If you haven't registered yet, don't panic, there are 2 locations to park and we can provide a shuttle if needed to get you back there after you finish!


Patagonia technical event shirts are available to purchase for $35. The last day to purchase one will be September 21. There will not be any extra shirts to purchase on race day. We apologize for the inconvenience but my garage is full!

Packet Pick Up/Onsite Registration

Packet pick up is located at Tunnel Creek Station from 4-6PM Friday October 2 and from 7-8AM Saturday October 3. Onsite registration will be available during those times as well. Please give yourself and event staff plenty of time to get everyone their packets and bibs. Shuttles leave at 8:15 sharp!

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.

Bus passes must be purchased in advance. This event is run point to point. There is parking for less than 150 cars along Hwy. 28 at Tunnel Creek Station where the finish is located. Overflow parking is available within Spooner State Park but there is an entry fee to the park. If you plan on using the shuttle bus to get you to the start at Spooner from Tunnel Creek Station or back to Spooner to retrieve your car after finishing, you must purchase a bus pass.

Partnering Events

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 3 & the Kokanee Trail Half Marathon on October 4 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

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Kevin Bigley
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