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Similar to the US Post Office motto, neither forest fire nor COVID nor frigid temps stops these runners from the swift completion of the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay. Just like 2020’s race, this year was about flexibility.

It’s A Celebration!

With 2020 being a symbolic running, this year’s race was like a celebration. The original plan was to run it in September. But as you may vaguely remember, the Caldor Fire put a quick stop to it. Instead, we were forced to push it back into October. Due to shorter daylight hours and cold nights, the hard decision was made to make it a fun run.

Knocking Off The Rust

As we shoved off from Camp Richardson in the afternoon, it felt like a family reunion. A time to remember the good times and look forward to the 2022 race. This year’s run was a time to heal the raw wounds our South Lake Tahoe community endured. And of course, to honor our Veterans such as Robert DeCelle Jr.

A Nod To The Vets

2021 Lake Tahoe Relay Veterans

Photo by: Jim Cahill

Joining us this year was Nico Marcolongo, a senior manager from Operation Rebound. A US Marine Corps veteran, he’s helped support injured veterans and first responders since 2003. Alongside him, many of our perennial runners came to show their support and help us usher in the next edition of our race.

As we ate pizza from Blue Dog and enjoyed some libations, this running of the Lake Tahoe Relay felt less like a somber note and more like the rekindling of the tradition. This was the spark we needed to re-energize and make sure that the 2022 running of the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay is the best one ever!

We can’t say thank you enough to each and every one of you for supporting us through some of the hardest times in our lives and hope to see you back on Saturday June 11th 2022.