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Silver State 50/50

32nd Annual – 50K | 50M
9th Annual – Trail Half-Marathon

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno

Races and Times:

  • 50-Mile Start: 6 a.m.
  • 50-kilometer: 7 a.m.
  • Trail Half-Marathon start: 8 a.m.

Registration fees:

  • 50M – $100 ($110 after May 1)
  • 50K – $90 ($100 after May 1)
  • Trail Half-Marathon – $60 ($70 after May 1)

*Sign up on Friday, May 19, during packet pickup/race briefing at Eclipse Running in Reno, 5-8 p.m.
*Saturday race-day registration at Rancho San Rafael: 5-5:30 a.m. for 50M; 6-6:30 a.m. for 50K; 7-7:30 a.m. for trail half-marathon.

Course Maps:

This is the 32nd running of the Endurance Runs and the eighth for the Trail Half-Marathon. The 50/50 has a long and rich history as one of the most challenging trail runs on the West Coast. The 50/50 offers a wide variety of terrain for all types of runners, with plenty of climbing and descending. Our course has enough dirt, rock, pine trees, excellent single track, altitude and exquisite views of the Sierra Nevada and the Truckee Meadows to satisfy the demands of runners who yearn for a fun, challenging day. Both our 50-mile and 50-kilometer races are considered excellent trainers for the Western States 100-miler and the Tahoe Rim Trail 100-miler. Our trail half-marathon provides 13.1 miles of single track, with climbing and descending through some of the most memorable country in the West. No matter what event you choose, you will find a well-marked course, friendly volunteers, lots of nourishment as well as salty and sweet goodies at the aid stations. There is also great post-race fun, food and drink at the finish at Rancho San Rafael Park.

Note: For the ninth straight year, the Silver State 50-mile, 50-kilometer Endurance Runs and Trail Half-Marathon starts and finishes at Rancho San Rafael Park in northwest Reno. This year’s race will start and finish from the Great Basin Adventure area, next to the Arboretum, in Rancho San Rafael Park.

Driving Directions to start/finish at Rancho San Rafael Park: From Interstate 80, take Virginia Street exit (Exit 13). From I-80 East, you will head north and turn left onto N. Virginia Street. Coming from I-80 West, you will turn right onto N. Virginia Street. Follow Virginia Street 0.7 miles, turn left onto 15th Street. Drive up the hill on 15th Street, turn right onto Sierra Street. Follow Sierra 0.1 miles to Rancho San Rafael Park (1595 N. Sierra Street). Turn left into the park and volunteers will direct you to the parking area for the race.


Friday, May 20th – Eclipse Running

  • 5:00pm-8:00pm – Late Registration & Drop Bag Drop-Off
  • 6:30pm – Course Briefing and Q&A

Runners are encouraged to attend the course briefing, Q&A, and packet pickup at Eclipse Running (3438 Lakeside Drive, Reno, 89509). Late registration will be from 5-8 p.m. The pre-race trail conditions briefing and course Q&A will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

50M/50K drop bag information: Drop bags for Ranch Creek, River Bend and Peavine can be dropped off on Friday, May 20 at Eclipse Running no later than 8 p.m. They can also be dropped off on Saturday, May 21, from 5-5:15 a.m. at the start at Rancho San Rafael Park. Drop bags will be taken away promptly at 5:15 a.m. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee that your drop bag from the Peavine aid station can be delivered back to the finish line any earlier than 7:30 p.m. 50K runners are strongly encouraged to consider using a “light” drop bag (i.e., a plastic bag) rather than a valuable bag for Peavine containing items of not great value … we cannot guarantee that we can find a way to deliver your bag to you in the days following the race. Ranch Creek and River Bend drop bags usually arrive back at the finish line area around 3:30 p.m.


Saturday, May 21st – Rancho San Rafael Park

  • 5:00am – 5:45am – Check-In for 50M
  • 5:00am – 5:15am – Drop Bag Collection for 50K and 50M (bags leave at 5:15am)
  • 6:00am – 50M START
  • 6:00am – 6:45am – 50K Check-In
  • 7:00am – 50K START
  • 7:00am – 7:45am Trail Half-Marathon Check-In
  • 8:00am – Trail Half-Marathon START

CHECK-IN: All 50K and 50M runners MUST check in prior to the start of their race on race morning. Check-in for each event begins approximately one hour before the start; 50M check-in begins at 5 a.m. and should be completed by 5:45 a.m.; check-in for 50K begins at 6 a.m. and should be completed by 6:45 a.m. The course runs through remote, rugged areas and we MUST know who actually started. This year’s 50M race will have a 14-hour cutoff and ALL runners must complete the course by 8 p.m. There will be a 2:15 p.m. cutoff enforced for 50M runners at the River Bend aid station (mile 33). Also, runners arriving after 5 p.m. at Peavine Summit (mile 39) aid station will be strongly encouraged to assess their physical condition and their ability to cover 11 rugged downhill miles in less than three hours. Cut-offs are non-negotiable and are in effect for the safety of our runners. Any runner who chooses to disregard these cutoffs will be immediately disqualified from the race. In an effort to help runners on the long, relentless climb from River Bend to the top of Peavine, a fully stocked aid station will again be located approximately halfway between these two aid stations at about mile 36 near the Sandy Hill Road/Whale Rock area of the course. Good luck making it to the top this year! AID STATION ACCESS: Only the River Bend aid station at mile 33 is accessible via vehicle and is open to runner crews. To get to River Bend, take Interstate 80 West from Reno to the Verdi/Business off-ramp. Follow this road toward Verdi for about a half mile. The road curves (bends) with the Truckee River. Located at the middle of the bend on the right is a wide dirt parking area. Parking is limited, so plan on arriving early to see your runner.

BIB NUMBERS: Please wear them on the front of your body. Recording your number as you approach each aid station helps the race officials there get you through the aid stations quickly. You must check in and check out with the race official at each aid station. We need to keep track of everyone on this mostly remote and highly inaccessible course.

PACERS WELCOME: Runners can be accompanied by pacers over the final 17 miles of the course. Pacer access is at the River Bend aid station at mile 33. Please check in with the aid station captain at River Bend before beginning your pacing duties.

DROPS: In the unlikely event that you are dropping out, please do so at an aid station. Tell the race official at the aid station about your decision. We cannot promise immediate transportation back to civilization. You may need to wait a while before the aid station personnel can give you a ride. Please be courteous and patient. RUNNERS MUST REMAIN AT THE AID STATION WHERE THEY HAVE DROPPED OUT. IF YOU CHOOSE TO RUN BACK TO THE START/FINISH LINE ON YOUR OWN, WE WILL HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING IF YOU EVER ARRIVED AT THE FINISH SAFELY. RUNNERS WHO CHOOSE TO DO THIS DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.

CHANGE OF RACE IN MID-RACE: Is highly discouraged. If you choose to change races in the middle of your race, you will not be considered an official finisher.

FINISH LINE: Awards for will be presented as runners finish at Rancho San Rafael once results are started to be posted. Check the results as they are posted to see if you have finished in the top three of your age group! Awards will be presented to the overall men’s and women’s winners of the 50M, 50K and half-marathon. In addition, age group awards will be presented to the first-place finishers of the following divisions in the 50K and 50M: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 and over. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in the half marathon in the following divisions: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 and over.


50M Aid Stations:

The 50M is one of the tougher ones on the West Coast, with steep sections of up to 15 percent grades and featuring 9,200 feet of ascent/descent. The 50M course will be marked with YELLOW RIBBON AND YELLOW ARROWS.

  • Radio Towers – 3.8 miles
  • The Pond – 7 miles
  • Peavine Summit – 12.5 miles Drop bags
  • Long Valley – 19 miles
  • Dog Valley 23 miles
  • Ranch Creek 27 miles Drop bags
  • River Bend 33 miles (Cutoff time: 2:15 p.m.) Drop bags
  • Sandy Hill Road 36 miles
  • Peavine Summit 39 miles (Cutoff time: 5 p.m.) Drop bags
  • Ridge View 45 miles
  • Radio Towers 47 miles
  • Finish Line 50 miles (Cutoff time: 8 p.m.)


50K Aid Stations:

The 50K course is 31 miles with 6,100 feet of ascent/descent. The percent grades for ascent and descent are the same as the 50M. The 50K course will be marked with BLUE RIBBON AND BLUE ARROWS.

  • Radio Towers 3.8 miles
  • The Pond – 7 miles
  • Ranch Creek – 15 miles Drop bags
  • Sandy Hill Road – 17 miles
  • Peavine Summit – 20 miles Drop bags
  • Ridge View – 25 miles
  • Radio Towers – 28 miles
  • Finish Line – 31 miles (cut-off time: 8 p.m.)


Trail Half-Marathon Aid Stations:

The half-marathon course follows the 50M/50K course for the first seven miles and returns to Rancho San Rafael Park via singletrack trial. The trail half-marathon will be marked with RED RIBBON AND A COMBINATION OF PINK AND RED ARROWS.

  • Radio Towers – 3.8 miles
  • The Pond – 7 miles
  • Ridge View – 8 miles
  • Radio Towers – 11 miles
  • Finish Line – 13.1 miles