TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Barring any thwarting acts of nature, some 2,500 finely tuned athletes from across the world will put their stamina to the test in the Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe triathlons this Sunday.
The event’s return is a welcome sight after last year, when heavy smoke from the King Fire forced officials to cancel the races just minutes before the pop of the starting gun.
“I think it will be a good challenge, for sure. But I think it will be fun,” said Truckee resident Jeff Dostie, who was among the thousands of disappointed would-be participants last year. “I think it will be a good time doing it here on home turf and having a bunch of friends participating and spectating as well. I think I’ll be a one-and-done Ironmanner.”
One of more than 40 events in the global Ironman series, Ironman Lake Tahoe debuted in 2013 with the iconic full-distance race. Ironman 70.3, which measures half the distance of a traditional Ironman, was set to debut last year and includes 80 events worldwide.