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Tahoe/Reno Races, Tournaments & Competitions, Summer 2016

By: Nicole Reitter & Cintra McGauley

Lake Tahoe is a world-class destination known for epic skiing, but equally spectacular is summer in the Sierra Nevadas. With perfect weather and long, leisurely days you’ve just gotta get outside! Try swimming, hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking and paddleboarding, or any of the exciting, summer 2016 events we’ve compiled. Whether you’re seeking to compete, participate or simply spectate, Lake Tahoe is calling!

And check out all of Lake Tahoe and Reno’s awesome, Summer 2016 CONCERTS & MUSIC as well asEVENTS & ACTIVITIES.


5: “Lets Bet On Youth” Golf Tournament – goal is to raise $20,000 to add to a $150,000 endowment helping local schools. Old Greenwood, Truckee

7 – 8: Reno River Festival – national whitewater freestyle kayaking championships, Truckee River Whitewater Park, Reno

19: Amgen Tour of California: pro cycling race, North and South Lake Tahoe.most-beautiful-bike-ridelake-tahoe

21: Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series – recreational paddlers and race enthusiasts can participate in SUP, prone paddleboard or OC1 class races. Donner Lake, Truckee

21: Ark Stampede – 5k run through the beauty of nature at the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, Reno

27 – 30: Northstar California bike park opening weekend, Northstar California, Truckee

28: The Little Big – girl’s ridestyle fundraising event with skills sessions, pumptrack jam and freeride, jump jam and dual slalom, Truckee Bike Park.


3: The Great Skate – roller skating fundraiser to benefit SELS school, The Village at Northstar, Truckee.

3 – 4: Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure – 29, 63 or 178-mile race options, Lake Tahoe and runrenoReno.

4: Truckee Running Fest – 5k fundraiser for Girls on the Run Sierras, Riverview Sports Park, Truckee

5: America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, Lake Tahoe – 35, 72 and 100-mile options

11: Arch Rivals Superhero Run – 5k with prizes for fastest runners and best costumes. City Plaza, downtown Reno

11: Tour de Nez – once labeled “the coolest bike race in America”, downtown Reno criterium on the USA Cycling calendar for pros, aspiring pros, nationally-ranked amateurs, and the average Joe who wants to see how they do in a real race, Reno

11 – 12: Tough Mudder Tahoe – 10-12 miles, 20+ obstacles. Northstar California, Truckee

11: Thunderbird Paddling Festival – for standup paddleboard (SUP) enthusiasts. Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Villagetough-mudder-tahoe

14 -17: Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival – where yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers and artists come together to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, Squaw Valley.

16 – 25: Reno Rodeo, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center

17 – 19: Lake Tahoe Summit Lacrosse Classic – tournament consists of 13 boys and girls divisions, over 3 days. North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

17 – 26: Adventure Sports Week – challenge yourself in one of many competitive events including trail running, mountain biking, triathlon, stand up paddleboarding, and swimming, North Lake Tahoe.

18: Kids Annual Trout Fishing Derby, Donner Lake Pond, Truckeetahoe-yoga

18: Lake Tahoe Mountain Bike Race – a great day of mountain biking, course is about 12.8 miles. Highlands Community Center, Tahoe City

19: Full Moon Kayak Tour on Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Vista

24 – 26: King of the Lake Disc Golf Competition – amateur-only, b-tier. Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe

25: Xterra Tahoe City, Sprint and Duathlon, Tahoe City

27 – (July) 3: Barracuda Championship, PGA Tour Golf Tournament, Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno


4: Firecracker Mile Run – 1 mile, gravity fed, fun event for all ages and abilities, downtown Truckee.

4: Run to the Beach – 5k or 10k run or walk, North Tahoe Regional Park

9: Tahoe Cup #2 – Waterman’s Paddle Jam, North Lake Tahoe

8 – 10: King of the Lake Disc Golf Competition – pro only, tier-a. Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe

9: Tahoe Cup #2 – Waterman’s Paddle Jam, North Lake Tahoe

10 – 11: Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Tournament, benefitting the cancer center at Tahoe Forest Hospital. Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club, Truckee

19 – 24: American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament, South Lake Tahoe

23: Donner Lake Triathlon – Sprint, Open Water Swim & Kids Triathlon. West End Beach, Truckee

23: Western States Trail Ride, called The Tevis Cup Ride, 100 mile course from Tahoe to Auburn.

23 – 24: Relay for Life, fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society, Riverview Sports Park, Truckee.

24: Donner Lake Triathlon – Aquabike, Half, Olympic. West End Beach, Truckee

30: 36th Annual Squaw Mountain Run/Hike


6: Sierra Crest Ultra Run – 30k and 50k, Tahoe Donner to Donner Summit, Truckee.

12 -14: Tahoe Nalu Stand Up Paddle Festival – voted the Best SUP event in the country by Outdoor Magazine, North Lake Tahoe.

13 – 14: Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, Wild West Motorsports Park, Reno

19: Full Moon Kayak Tour on Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Vista

19 – 21: King of the Lake Disc Golf Competition, Sierra College, Incline Village

20: Xterra Lake Tahoe, Sprint and Duathalon, North Lake Tahoe

21: Marlette Lake 10 miler and 50k, Spooner Lake, South Lake Tahoe

27: Castle Peak 100k, Donner Memorial State Park, Truckee

27 – 28: Lake Tahoe Triathlon – Sprint, Olympic, Half, 70.3, Aquabike, Duathlon, Open Water Swim. Ed’ZBerg Sugar Pine State Park, West Lake Tahoe.

27 – 28: Truckee Pro Rodeo, McIver Arena, Truckee


2: Copa de las Sierras Soccer Tournament, Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

9 – 11: 35th Anniversary Great Balloon Race, Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno

11: Tour de Tahoe, Bike Big Blue – cycle around 72 miles of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, South Lake Tahoe.

11: Tahoe Cup #3 – Fall Classic, South Lake Tahoe

14 – 18: National Championship Air Races – see the Blue Angels and much more, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno.

16: Full Moon Kayak Tour on Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Vista

17: Tahoe Sierra Century – 30, 60 or 100-mile cycling routes, Squaw Valley

18: Edible Pedal 100 – 10, 50 and 100-mile routes for riders of all abilities,  Bowers Mansion Regional Park, Washoe Valley.

24: Leaderhosen 5k and 10k, Squaw Valley

25: Truckee Marathon and Half Marathon, Downtown Truckee


1: No-Brainer, All Zombie Fun Run – 5k, downtown Reno

1: Cross Reno Cyclocross, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno

1 – 2: World Championship Outhouse Races – pit teams of costumed outhouse racers against each other, downtown Virginia City.

6 – 9: Lake Tahoe Marathon and Run Tahoe Events – four days with 20+ events, North Lake Tahoe.

8 – 9: Donner Party Hike, Donner Memorial State Park, Truckee

9: First Annual/Inaugural Great Trail Race, Tahoe City

Ready to book your Lake Tahoe getaway? Visit for studio to four-bedroom residences in The Village at Northstar, Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing; moments to Lake Tahoe and all this summertime fun!

And check out all of Lake Tahoe/Reno’s awesome, Summer 2016 CONCERTS & MUSIC as well as EVENTS & ACTIVITIES.