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Flume Trail Half Marathon Set to unleash 200+ Runners on Famed Trail

Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon

The second annual Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon, a point-to-point race from Spooner State Park to Tunnel Creek Station, will be Saturday, October 3. The race, one of several sponsored by Ascent Runs, will begin at Spooner State Park and climb up to Marlette Lake.

“You’ll have spectacular views,” said organizer Kevin Bigley, owner of Ascent Physical Therapy. “It’s a world-famous trail for a reason.”LTF_course-300x600

Runners are traveling in from across the country, including California, Texas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New Mexico to participate in this Fall Classic.
The Route on the Flume trail uses the Tahoe Rim Trial traveling up to Marlette Lake and down to the Flume Trail and Tunnel Creek Station. This is a popular day hike section of the Tahoe Rim Trail so hikers and Mountain Bikers need to be aware that the event which will feature over 200 runners will be a bit busy at times.

The Flume Trail is the setting for one of the most scenic and spectacular trails in the world. While the old wooden flume has long since been disassembled, remnants can still be seen today along the trail. The trail was cleared and opened  for mountain biking and hiking in 1983. Since that time, the Flume Trail has become world renown for its jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe.

The 1/2 Marathon begins at 9 am from the Spooner Recreation Area. So if you’re planning on attending to cheer on the runners, arrive early, and if you are heading to Spooner to hike or ride this weekend, you might consider getting up there early or a bit later to avoid the crowded trail.  The beginning of the run will not follow  the Tahoe Rim Trail immediately out of the lake, but will join it closer to Marlett Lake, so hikers that enjoy the first section of the Spooner Summit that crosses HWY 50 will still experience a normal trail experience till the reach the higher meadows.
The Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon is put on by the Ascent Runs group in Tahoe. For more information on late registration or event details click here:

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