It all began as a dare in 1959. A team of runners from San Jose State College thought, “Hey, I bet you we can run around Lake Tahoe!” This feat seemed massive but attainable in their minds. 72-miles around a pristine mountain lake at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level is NOT a normal afternoon run. Over the next New Year’s holiday, they did just that! Looking back at what they had accomplished, it sparked the idea of what would become the OLDEST relay race in the United States and quite possibly North America.
What’s the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay?
The relay has become an annual tradition for multiple generations of families and friends. The race was renamed in 1971 to the DeCelle Memorial in honor of one of the founding father’s sons who was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Starting in South Lake Tahoe, the course follows the 72-mile shoreline around the entire lake finishing back where it started. Each leg of the race is 8 to 13 miles in length, exposing runners to some of the most majestic views on the planet AND an opportunity to create team camaraderie that isn’t found anywhere else.
What’s new for 2017?
Besides all the amazing tradition, this year’s edition has A LOT of new and exciting things happening.
First Ultra-Marathon and 2-Runner teams’ relay race
For the first time, the Lake Tahoe Relay is offering runner’s a chance to complete the race as an Ultra-marthon or 2-Person relay race. The best part? Whoever wins these races will set a record for the category! Sweet!
New Start/Finish Line
What does the DeCelle Memorial Relay Race have that few other relays have on the planet? The full splendor of one of the greatest alpine lakes in the world. To embrace this beauty to the fullest, the start/finish line is moving to the Tahoe Beach Retreat location. This will give participants and spectators a chance to dangle their (potentially sore) feet in the water and relax. A first of its kind in the U.S. and most likely the world!
The Sierra Nevadas are all about connecting with nature. So, what’s the best way to do that after a long day of running? A campfire! For the first time ever, the Lake Tahoe Relay will have a fire pit as part of the post party celebration along with food & drinks to honor a job well done.
More to come
These aren’t the only exciting new things happening this year. If you want to hear more, be sure to sign up for the Lake Tahoe Relay newsletter and stay in touch for all the announcements surrounding the race.
Need another reason to sign up? How about a discount!
To celebrate the new season as well as Easter on April 16th, they’re running a sale of 16% off IF you Register by Sunday, April 23rd! So, lace up those running shoes and grab your water bottle. Hop out of that chair like the Easter Bunny and sign up for the Lake Tahoe Relay.
How do I get my 16 percent off?
- Visit the Lake Tahoe Relay website and REGISTER by Sunday April 23rd – 6:00 PM PST!
- Enter the Coupon Code ROADKILL and you’re in! GOOD LUCK!
Don’t have a team?
The DeCelle Memorial race crew is always trying to find different ways to help more folks try the race themselves. If you can’t make a full team or want to race but don’t know any fellow racers, join the Facebook group they created to help out. Meet new people, find eager runners and create teams for race day!
Race: Saturday June 10, 2017
Where: Lake Tahoe
Visit: laketahoerelay.com to learn more