In 1964 U.S. Olympic distance runners ventured to Echo Summit at South Lake Tahoe , CA for high altitude training to prepare for the rigors of competing at high elevation in Mexico City during the Olympic games that summer. While training, they decided to run the 72-mile around beautiful Lake Tahoe as a relay. Robert DeCelle was the Long Distance Running commissioner at the time and thought that it could be a great relay for all distance runners. 47 years later, the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay is the oldest distance relay in the country. This 72-mile, 7 person relay attracts runners from as far away as Australia. Only 120 teams are permitted to run in this low key, DeCelle family operated event. All proceeds are granted to high school running programs that have been severely cut in recent years.
Lake Tahoe Relay Oldest in U.S. after 47 Years of Running
The 2011 event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11. For more information or to register for one of the few coveted spots into this year’s event visit www.laketahoerelay.com.