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Many active people are looking forward to a summer of fun in the sun, but I’ve seen a lot of tweets and Internet chatter about what to do this fall.  For those in Northern California, a chance to hit the roads and trails of South Lake Tahoe could be appropriate just one more time, before ski and snowboard season begins.

Here is what Alameda Runners was able to learn about the Tahoe Marathon:

Run, walk, swim, paddle, peddle or golf during one of the many Lake Tahoe Marathon events, Sept. 23-25. All of the runs are point-to-point and scenic from start to finish. Both the half and full marathons are along the west shore of Lake Tahoe and feature challenging hills around Emerald Bay. The 10K, which begins at Inspiration Point above Emerald Bay, is 99% downhill and covers the most spectacular portion of the route. Complementing the traditional runs is an Extreme Golf competition and a kayak-bike-marathon triathlon.

South Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite destinations — and it’s an athlete’s playground year-round — with running, cycling, and excellent skiing available.

I greatly enjoyed riding the 72-mile journey around the Lake, which includes some challenging (and rewarding!) climbs available to participants.  (A full list of bike rides hosted by can be found on their website.)

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