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Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs

July 15 - July 16

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The Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs (TRTER) is a popular trail running event that takes place annually on the scenic Tahoe Rim Trail, which is a 165-mile trail that circumnavigates the stunning Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada.  Here at Strambecco, we consider it to be one of the Best Trail Running Events in the Southwest.

The event includes multiple distances for runners of different abilities and experience levels, including 100 miles, 50 miles, and 50k, while all of them no doubt are challenging. Each event starts at Western Nevada College in Carson City and on single-track trails and dirt roads with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the deep valleys of the Great Basin. Many miles are run on the Tahoe Rim Trail located within the Spooner backcountry of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and on the Toiyabe National Forest land.  Western Nevada College is located at 4,888 feet of elevation, and the highest point of the course reaches 9,214 feet. Take a peek at the interactive Fatmap with 3D flyover views to get a good sense of what to expect.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs courses feature challenging terrain, including steep climbs and descents, rocky trails, and technical sections that require runners to be skilled and experienced in trail running. Along the way, runners are treated to breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.  In July,  runners can expect warm temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night. To help runners stay hydrated and fueled, several well-stocked aid stations along the course offer food, water, and other supplies.

There is nothing simple about the 100-mile course. It will be closer to 102 miles with approximately 22,000 feet of elevation gain. To understand the course difficulty, refer to the event website for a course description, qualification requirements, elevation profile, and finishing times.  There will also be live GPS tracking for the 100-mile.  Running a 100-mile, 50-mile, or 55K race is a true challenge physically, mentally, and emotionally. Don't expect to run a PR here. DO expect to find the finest aid stations in ultra running, epic scenery, and world-famous volunteers!

The organizers of the event take great pride in providing a range of amenities for participants pre and post run. These include fabulous food trucks, where registered participants can enjoy delicious meals and refreshing beverages from the Ultra Lounge, all included in the entry fee. Family members, crew members, and pacers are also welcome to purchase their own food and drinks from the food trucks. Additionally, participants can indulge in locally brewed craft beer and sodas. For relaxation and comfort, there is the Ultra Lounge, featuring tables, kick-back chairs, massage services and soaking buckets. Attendees can also enjoy the lively atmosphere with music playing in the background. Moreover, there are exciting raffle prizes to be won, and all of this takes place under the cover of big tents.

Recommended lodging includes the Plaza Hotel and Federal Hotel, or explore options like the Deer Run Ranch Bed and Breakfast or this Hipcamp for camping just outside of town. There are also a plethora of vacation rentals in Carson City like this great renovated historic home.

Carson City offers several popular activities for outdoor lovers as it is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. The nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe region offer a variety of hiking trails from Kings Canyon Waterfall Trail to Ash Canyon Trail which offers panoramic vistas of the city and the Carson Valley. The nearby Spooner Lake and Marlette Lake trails are also popular choices to explore. Carson City is also known for its cycling-friendly environment and diverse terrain, attracting both road cyclists and mountain bikers. The area features scenic road routes such as the Carson City Loop, which takes riders through picturesque landscapes and historic sites. For mountain biking, the Ash to Kings Trail and the Clear Creek Trail offer thrilling off-road experiences. Additionally, the nearby Lake Tahoe area provides numerous biking opportunities, including the famous Flume Trail. Finally, it goes without saying that water sports are a big draw due to its proximity to stunning Lake Tahoe. From swimming to kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating, the crystal-clear waters provide an ideal setting for water-based adventures.

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