Ironman Comes to Northern California

Ken Petruzzelli - Lawyer and Opinionated Triathlete

This weekend, Ironman returns to California with the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe. California has plenty of great triathlon events, including Ironman 70.3 Oceanside and Vineman and Alcatraz, and Wildflower, both of which are two of the sport’s marquis events. It even has the Ironman-distance Full Vineman. However, there has been no Ironman distance Ironman in California since Oceanside went down to the half distance over ten years ago.

The race starts early Sunday morning with a two-loop swim at Kings Beach. Then, athletes will depart on hilly two-loop bike course. They will ride west along the lake into Tahoe City, turn and ride north along the Truckee River to Truckee, and then turn back towards Kings Beach. As they finish the second loop, athletes will turn off towards Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. From there, they will run the marathon on a two-loop course that will take…

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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.