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Trans Tahoe Relay

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Trans Tahoe Relay in Lake Tahoe
The Mermaid Mafia, 32nd place at the 2015 Trans Tahoe Relay, a 10-mile lake swim across Lake Tahoe, with Captain Lexie Kelly, 6-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni, 4-time Olympic medalist Heather Petri, Olympic silver medalist Kristy Kowal, Olympic gold medalist Staciana Stitts, and Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman

The Olympic Club Trans Tahoe Relay is a stunningly beautiful and well-organized masters swimming relay event in Lake Tahoe. The 10-mile high-altitude swim race is organized by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. The 6-person relay annuals draws hundreds of teams of high-altitude swimmers from around the world and is one of the world's greatest high-altitude swimming competitions. It is annually listed in America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.

History[edit]

The unique open water swimming relay event started when Olympic Club members, led by Frank Coghlan, decided to challenge each other to a team race across Lake Tahoe in 1976. Soon after, other clubs were invited to join this annual "Invitational Relay" event. In 2011, the race attracted over 1,134 competitors. Promoting team camaraderie and spirited competition between swimming clubs and other groups and organizations, it is now seen as a landmark of open water swimming events. In 2015, 228 teams of 6 entered the race (222 teams finished).

Winners[edit]

2005: Tahoe Eleven Milers, Captain George Tidmarsh
2006: Tahoe Eleven Milers, Captain George Tidmarsh
2007: Tahoe Eleven Milers, Captain George Tidmarsh
2008: RCP Tiburon Milers, Captain Bob Placak
2009: Tahoe Eleven Milers, Captain George Tidmarsh
2010: RCP Tiburon Milers, Captain Bob Placak 3 hours 18 minutes 52 seconds
2011: SCAQ, Captain Scott Hubbard 3 hours 38 minutes 0 seconds
2012: Tattersalls Masters Australia, Captain Peter Thiel, 3 hours 13 minutes 3 seconds
2013: Tahoe Eleven Milers, Captain George Tidmarsh in 3 hours 29 minutes 45.9 seconds
2014: Tahoe Eleven Milers, Captain George Tidmarsh in 3 hours 18 minutes 6 seconds
2015: Tahoe Eleven Milers, Captain George Tidmarsh in 3 hours 19 minutes 32 seconds
2016: TOC Latourette, Captain Chad LaTourette in 3 hours 25 minutes 50 seconds
2017: TOC Elite, Captain Chad LaTourette in 3 hours 23 minutes 52 seconds

Distance[edit]

10 miles

Type[edit]

Lake

Location[edit]

City From Sand Harbor Beach in Nevada to Skylandia Beach in Lake Forest, California in Lake Tahoe

State/County/Province Nevada to California

Country USA

Region Americas

Contact[edit]

Name Paul Carter, Race Director, and Laureen Welting, Race Manager

Email pcarter@olyclub.com

Event Information[edit]

Month: July

Event Date: 21 July 2012

Website: Trans Tahoe Relay by the Olympic Club

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No

2012 Trans Tahoe Race Committee[edit]

Safety Coordinator - Phyllis Quinn
Rules Chairman - Mike Keck
Communications Liaison - Bart Lally
Open Water Commissioner - Todd Arris
Open Water Deputy Commissioner - Katie Lyons
Committee Member - Greg Meyer
Committee Member - Gary Crook

Video of 2011 Event[edit]

2006 Finish[edit]

2006 Trans Tahoe Relay Finish

The finish of the 2006 Trans Tahoe Relay was the closest in history as Heidi George of the Tahoe Eleven Milers (captained by George Tidmarsh) out-sprinted Rob Placak of the RCP Tiburon Milers for the win.
The 2014 finish was almost as close, when again the Tahoe Eleven Milers, with Joey Pedraza, out-sprinted the RCP Tiburon Milers for the victory (RCP Tiburon Milers were later disqualified for multiple rule violations).

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