Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Tahoe Legends Fun Run June 20

Posted on June 6, 2015
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

In 2007, Track Restoration for Community and Kids (T.R.4.C.K) raised enough money to rebuild the historic 1968 Summer Olympic track at the Middle School in South Lake Tahoe.

To keep this state-of-the-art youth complex alive, T.R.4.C.K is holding a legendary 5k and 10k run on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  There is a 1 mile pavement only wheelchair or stroller fun race and a kids only race on the track.

A Legendary Run 5K & 10K
presented by T.R.4.C.K. to benefit the South Tahoe Track & Community Field Restoration

Saturday, June 20

8am start in the Lake Tahoe Community College parking area

Race Day Registration: 7:00 am to 7:45 am at the parking area of Lake Tahoe Community College. Shirts guaranteed for pre-registered. Awards for the finishers.

$30 entry fee

A 5k or 10k run on road and single track trail along Al Tahoe Blvd, through the forest and meadow starting at the LTCC parking area and finishing near the re-building of the historic track that was used during the 1968 Olympic Track & Field Trials located at South Lake Tahoe Middle School.

Race Day Registration: 7:00 am to 7:45 am at the parking area of Lake Tahoe Community College. Shirts guaranteed for pre-registered. Awards for the finishers.

While the new track was resurfaced in 2007, more improvements are always needed to attract outside schools and pro and amateur athletes to South Lake Tahoe.

Click here for more info and to register for this legendary run. The Tahoe Legends Challenge also pits local fitness clubs in head to head competition for the Fast and Fit Trophy.

Top photo: Tartan Track at Echo Summit Ski Area.

Some History…

In 1968, South Lake Tahoe was one of the nation’s hot spots for track and field after the U.S. Olympic Planning Commission chose Echo Summit over three other sites for the 1968 Olympic trials.

In order to adequately prepare the U.S. team for the Summer Games in Mexico City, the City of South Lake Tahoe built a track at 7,377 feet at the parking lot of Echo Summit Ski Area. The 400-meter oval track was nearly identical to the track in Mexico City and did well for the American Olympians who set 6 world records and won 24 medals – including 12 golds.

Olympians Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Al Oerter, Bob Seagren, Lee Evans, Bob Beamon, Bill Toomey and Dick Fosbury returned to South Shore a year later for the Indian Summer Games Invitational on the track that had been moved to South Tahoe Intermediate School (now South Tahoe Middle School).

Wear and tear and overall neglect finally took its toll on the famous track which was closed due to safety reasons.

However, local track and field lovers Rick Brown, Anthony Davis and Karin Holmes started a huge fund raising effort for a new track in 2007. Former Google software engineer Ray Sidney made a $250,000 contribution and local contractors donated more than $500,000 in materials and time to resurface the track.

T.R.4.C.K. wants to ensure the new state-of-the-art track keeps its integrity this time around.

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