Burton Creek Trail Half Marathon, 12K & 6K

Sunday, June 23, 2024 • Tahoe City, CA • Course Map

Beautiful Tahoe City, often called the heart and soul of Lake Tahoe, lies right in the center of the Lake Tahoe area and has miles of shorelines that encircle both the west and the north sides of the famed lake from which it takes its name.

One of the largest of its annual running events is the summer festival known as the Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, a 10-day event that features the Burton Creek Trail Run along with a 6K, 12K and half marathon distance.

The beginning of the half marathon course starts at a small incline, as it heads through the thick forest area of Barton Creek Park. The course features a combination of single track trails and eventually some fire road and double track trails as well.

After the initial incline, there are a few flat areas and many smaller hills during the early miles of the race and the hilly terrain continues throughout the entirety of the course.

The trails lead runners in and out of some of the area’s most beautiful natural wildlife and the constant sound of trickling water can be heard from the nearby waterfalls and creeks; a popular feature many runners enjoy.

A few miles into the half marathon, around the three mile mark, there is an area of the course that pinches in and becomes very narrow. This area will be marked with the presence of several race workers leading runners in the right direction. Congestion can occur at this point and cause runners to get off pace, so race participants should be prepared to compensate for this narrow point in the course, if necessary.

At the farthest point of the race, runners will go through the flat, open area of the Anton Meadows before heading back to more narrow trail routes. This is often considered to be one of the most beautiful areas of the course as the run is scheduled during the peak wild flower season in the area, and beautiful, natural flowers can be seen here in full bloom.

The highest inclined area can be found around the eight mile mark, but from there, runners will be descending in a gradual downward slope until they reach the 10-mile point.

This is where runners will then face the steepest incline of the course. At the top of this incline, a few small hills can be found, until runners can enjoy a nice gradual decline towards the finish line.

Runners on the trail at Lake Tahoe's Burton Creek Trail Run Half Marathon.

Runners on the trail at the Burton Creek Trail Run Half Marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Summer in Lake Tahoe usually stays mild but can get quite sunny, so runners are advised to wear protective eyewear, hats and wear plenty of sunscreen. However, the higher elevations around Lake Tahoe can get very cool, even in the summer months.

  • June 23 average low temp: 40ºF
  • June 23 average high temp: 69ºF

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Burton Creek Trail Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:30 AM – half marathon
  • 8:30 AM – 6K, 12K


  • $80 and up – half marathon
  • $50 and up – 12K
  • $45 and up – 6K


To reserve your spot in any of the race distances at the 2024 running of Tahoe City’s Burton Creek Trail Runs, register online Enmotive.com here.

Official Race Website



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