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IRONMAN Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the newest North American events on the IRONMAN race circuit, bringing stunning scenery in an absolutely pristine venue. The IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile marathon run.

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Event Details

Event Details

The 2013 IRONMAN event at Lake Tahoe is sold out.

Date/Time Event Location
Sept 19, 9am-5pm Athlete Check-In The Village at Squaw Valley
Sept 22 Swim

The swim is two counter clockwise loops. It will start on Kings Beach on the west side of the pier and then each loop will finish on the east side. There will be a very short beach run between the two loops.

Best place to view: Athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park

Sept 22 Bike

A lakeside transition and the start of the bike course bring riders along the shore with spectacular views down the 21-mile length of the Lake as riders enter Tahoe City. Riders race through the Truckee River corridor, following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the town of Truckee. Here the course turns south back toward the Lake, rolling past Northstar California and the start of the climb to Brockway Summit at 7,200 foot elevation.

Best place to view: Entrance of Squaw Valley Rd (next to the Olympic flames at the entrance of Squaw Valley) and Downtown Truckee- Live music & activities for kids

Sept 22 Run

With a transition at Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, the runners will proceed back up the Truckee River corridor along the Truckee River bike path. Athletes will be treated to a relatively flat course along one of the most scenic stretches in the world before returning back to Squaw Valley and the satisfying finish of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe.

Best place to view: The Village at Squaw Valley. IRONMAN finish is between Rocker@Squaw and the Funitel Building.

For more details and maps please visit

Athlete Tracker

Track athletes as they make their way around the IRONMAN Lake Tahoe course. Tracking available on race day (Sunday, September 22).

Spectator Activities

Spectator Things to Do

There is plenty to explore during the weekend of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. Prior to race day, see what you and your family can enjoy at Squaw Valley before cheering on your athlete! 

Aerial Tram

Scenic Aerial Tram Ride

A ride in the scenic Aerial Tram is a spectacular and leisurely ride 2,000 vertical feet to the High Camp, el. 8200'. The Aerial Tram is one of Squaw Valley's most popular year-round attractions and is open to all guests, skiers, snowboarders and walkers. Once you reach the top, enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe as well as access to numerous activities, including roller skating and dining. More info on scenic Aerial Tram »

Open September 19-22, 10:40am-4:20pm (last download 5:20pm)

High Camp Pool & Hot Tub

The Swimming Pool & Hot Tub is one of the most breathtaking places in the world to relax. Located at High Camp, el.8,200', the Swimming Pool & Hot Tub is surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra including views of Lake Tahoe. More info on pool & hot tub »

Open September 19-22, 11am-4:30pm

Disc Golf

Our disc golf course is free once you have reached High Camp. The course offers panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada. Disc golfers can bring their own discs or purchase them at the High Camp Retail Shop. More info on disc golf »

Open September 19-22, 11am-4:30pm

Roller Skating

Roller skating is a fun and entertaining activity for all ages. The High Camp Roller Rink is best place to skate in the great outdoors! Accessed via Squaw Valley's Aerial Tram, the roller skating arena offers unmatched panoramic views of the Squaw Valley Meadow, beautiful Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range. More info roller skating »

Open September 19-22, 11am-4:30pm


Climb to the weathered buttresses atop Squaw Peak, visit the historic Watson Monument at Emigrant Peak, or meander through the meadows covered with wildflowers, and enjoy the panoramic views afforded from Squaw's spacious upper mountain. More info on hiking »

Open September 19-22, 11am-4:30pm

Shopping & Dining at The Village at Squaw Valley

Whether you're looking for that new pair of running shoes, sunglasses or Squaw Valley logo gear. All the essentials too, from fashion to home accents and fine jewelry or just a little knick knack to take home, we've got a super selection to choose from. After you're day in Lake Tahoe, share your days adventures with the family at one of the many delicious eateries in the Village. Ranging from American style tapas to California infused sushi, you are sure to find something to delight your palette. More info on shopping & dining »


Ropes Course

The Squaw Valley Adventure Center brings the challenge and exhilaration of climbing and ropes exercises to all ages. The Ropes Course offers fifty-foot tree house towers, a giant swing, and hands-on team building and recreational programs, including cooperative games, group problem solving tasks, trust building activities, ropes course initiatives, and great fun for all! More info on ropes course »

For reservations, call 530-583-7673

Breakfast at Rocker

Enjoy a delicious sit-down breakfast buffet at Rocker@Squaw including a make your own Bloody Mary Bar.

Breakfast is served 7:30-10am Fri-Sun. 

Gallery Keoki Fine Art Specials

Gallery Keoki honors The IRONMAN Athletes. Sept. 15-23 IRONMAN sepcials include:

  • Prints on Metal: Buy 2 or more and get 10% off
  • Gift Prints: $25 each or 3 for $60
  • Framed Prints: 20-40% off
  • Unframed Signed Epson Prints: 25% off
  • Custom Installations: 50% off consultation
  • More info on Gallery Keoki »

Lather & Fizz Specials

IRONMAN Athletes can visit Lather & Fizz in the Village for a complimentary sample of the invigorating after workout peppermint soap!

More info on Lather & Fizz »

Yoga for Athletes

Yoga for Athletes

In honor of Ironman, the Wanderlust Yoga Studio is offering a week of prepatory yoga for athletes to open their body and clear the mind. All sessions are from 8:45am-9:45am and $10/class or $45 for the series.

Class Breakdown

  • Monday: Simly Stretch
  • Tuesday: Endure
  • Wednesday: Revitalize
  • Thursday: Inspire
  • Friday: Envision

Pre-register by calling 530-584-6140 or email Drop-ins welcome.


Road Closures

Traffic Impact & Road Closures

Over the course of 17 hours, competitors will be racing throughout the North Lake Tahoe community. Select routes will be impacted and closed.

Squaw Valley Road/Highway 89 Road Closure

  • Highway 89 North
    • 7am-5:30pm: Traffic from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley Road will not be permitted. 
    • From Fairway Drive in Tahoe City to the bottom of Squaw Valley Road
    • Drivers from Tahoe City may access Squaw Valley via Highway 89 South from Truckee during road closure hours

Download complete Lake Tahoe traffic impact report


Exclusive Gear

Oakley Lake Tahoe Radar Sunglasses

Squaw Valley and Oakley have joined together to create this custom pair of Oakley sunglasses for the IRONMAN Lake Tahoe athletes and mountain athletes of the region. In celebration of Lake Tahoe, these special glasses will be sold exclusively at Squaw Valley in Parallel Mountain Sports and the Oakley store. Available for purchase by phone. To place an order, please call 530-452-4378. $20 from every purchase will go directly to the Tahoe Fund


Exclusive Castelli Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Jersey and Shorts

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have teamed up with Castelli to create a custom jersey and shorts for IRONMAN Lake Tahoe athletes and other cyclists enthusiasts. The jersey and shorts will be sold exclusively at Parallel Mountain Sports.

Bike Jersey


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