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It is officially what we call the “shoulder season” here in Tahoe.  A time when most kids are back in school, temperatures are cooling but it’s not time to hit the slopes just yet.  This is my favorite time of year and an especially good time of year to be outside enjoying nature. There are many opportunities to join in on some organized events and competitions around the area this fall. My favorite is the Great Trail Race that takes you on foot or bike from Truckee to Tahoe City through the National Forest and parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail.  The route is similar to the winter’s Great Ski Race.

There are quite a few adventurous activities in the area to choose from in the near future.


Sierra Satina Race


September 22-24, 2017

Join Peter Stetina for a journey to Nevada’s scorched desert from Lake Tahoe’s crystal waters and back.  A road rally of timed segments, stocked aid stations and breathtaking vistas brought to you by the creators of Levi’s GranFondo.  There are 5 timed segments, some flat, some hilly.  This is your moment to throw down and show what you are made of.  Outside of the segments there is no penalty to relax, snap photos and be social.


The Truckee Marathon


September 24th, 2017

Starting in Historic Downtown Truckee, this event has some home town soul.  Course options include the Truckee Marathon, Truckee Half Marathon and the Truckee Marathon Relay.  Get a taste of this wonderful mountain town as you run to Donner Lake, through Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing.


Spartan World Championship Weekend

Squaw Valley

September 30 – October 1, 2017

Competitors can choose from 2 levels (12-14 miles or 26+miles).  As racers run the course they will be faced with 30-50 obstacles that will test every bit of strength, endurance and personal resolve.  The unpredictable terrain and Spartan obstacles are masterfully designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone.  Are you up for the challenge?


Great Trail Race

Truckee to Tahoe City

Sunday, October 8, 2017

An epic point to point course that starts in Truckee and ends in Tahoe City.  You can choose to trail run or mountain bike one of the two course options, Elite (aprx. 18 miles) or Classic (aprx. 22 miles).  Enjoy every bit of the journey along the course and at the end, enjoy celebrations with BBQ, beer and music!


Donner Party Hike

Sugar Bowl Resort

October 14-15, 2017

There are 6 hikes to choose from on Saturday followed by music by Richard Blair, lunch and a Mark Twain portrayal by McAvoy Layne.  The event continues on  Sunday with a walking tour that will take you straight in to Donner Party historical sites- starting just off HWY 89 and finishing at the Donner Memorial State Park by Donner Lake.