35th Annual – 50K | 50M
12th Annual – Trail Half-Marathon
Saturday, May 16, 2020
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.
- 50M – $110
- 50K – $95
- Trail Half-Marathon – $75
*Sign up on Friday, May 15, during packet pickup 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.
Note: For the 12th 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 15th – Eclipse Running
- 5 p.m.-8 p.m. – Late Registration & Drop Bag Drop-Off
Runners are encouraged to attend the bib pickup at Eclipse Running (3438 Lakeside Drive, Reno, 89509). Late registration will be from 5-8 p.m.
50M/50K drop bag information: Drop bags will only be available at Peavine Aid Station and can be dropped off on Friday, May 15 at Eclipse Running no later than 8 p.m. 50M/50K drop bags can also be dropped off on Saturday, May 16, from 5-5:15 a.m. at the start at Rancho San Rafael Park. Drop bags for both the 50M/50K races will be taken away promptly at 5:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee that your drop bag from the Peavine aid stations 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.
Saturday, May 16 – Rancho San Rafael Park
- 5 a.m. – 5:45 a.m. – Check-In for 50M
- 5 a.m. – 5:15 a.m. – Drop Bag Collection for 50K and 50M (bags leave at 5:15 a.m.)
- 6 a.m. – 50M START
- 6 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. – 50K Check-In
- 7 a.m. – 50K START
- 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Trail Half-Marathon Check-In
- 8 a.m. – 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.
CUT-OFFS: This year’s 50M race will have a 14-hour, 15-minute cutoff and the 50K will have a 14-hour cutoff. ALL runners must complete the course by 8:15 p.m. There will be a 5:15 p.m. cutoff enforced for all runners at Peavine Aid Station (mile 38.5). 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.
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 11.5 miles of the course. Pacer access is at the Peavine Aid Station. A shuttle for pacers will be leaving the start/finish area at Rancho San Rafael at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. It is a little less than an hour-long drive from Rancho San Rafael to the top of Peavine. All pacers are asked to check in at the start/finish line before leaving on the shuttle.
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: If you choose to change races in the middle of your race, you will not be considered an official finisher.
POLES: Yes, you can use them!
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 top three finishers of the following divisions in the 50K and 50M: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-60 and 70 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; 60-69; 70 and over.
50M AND “JIMMY’S LOOP”: Part of the 50-mile experience is a 7.1-mile loop, known as “Jimmy’s Loop,” which will occur once 50-mile runners reach mile 11.7 at the Peavine aid station.
After continuing up Peavine Road for about 4/10’s of a mile after leaving Peavine aid station at mile 12, runners will generally follow Forest Service Roads 41642, 41643 and 21506 on a 7-mile loop. The ascent on Jimmy’s Loop is about 1,800 feet. Because of this, we’ve added an additional 15 minutes to the Peavine aid station final cut-off; final cut-off for all runners at Peavine will now be 5:15 p.m. While we’ve added a bit more climbing, we hope you’ll really enjoy the aspens, and the meadow about four miles into Jimmy’s Loop, plus the great views.
The other key landmark/split to be aware of involves the 50M/50K split that occurs approximately 1.9 miles below the Peavine aid station for both the 50M and 50K distances. For 50M runners, this will be after you’ve completed “Jimmy’s Loop.” We will have extensive marking and signage at the split to help you find your way. 50K runners will bear LEFT at the split and continue on toward Ranch Creek and Sandy Hill AS; 50M runners will bear RIGHT and into the trees at the split.
GENERAL COURSE NOTES:
50M: On the descent once you’ve completed Jimmy’s Loop, you will follow a rocky downhill until you split with the 50K course at approximately 20 miles. The split will take you right, and almost immediately into a forested area. You will follow pink ribbon exclusively for the entire Long Valley/Dog Valley portion (about 12.5 miles total) of the course before arriving at Ranch Creek, at approximately 32 miles. Once you pop up onto the main road at Ranch Creek, turn RIGHT down the main road for approximately two miles to the Sandy Hill aid station. DO NOT TURN LEFT. If you go left, you will be off course, and will quickly run into a gate and a NO TRESPASSING SIGN.
Once 50M runners leave Peavine aid station at mile 38.5, you will quickly veer right only a few hundred yards from the aid station and take a rocky road that is located BENEATH and runs parallel to the main Peavine maintenance road that you traveled up earlier in the morning on your first visit to Peavine aid. At two different points the parallel road will criss-cross the maintenance road you traveled on earlier in the day. Chalk and arrows will help you negotiate these quick “criss-crosses” before you drop to your right into the “Bowl” approximately two miles after you’ve left Peavine aid on your return.
50K: Once you arrive at the split with the 50M course 1.9 miles below Peavine aid, you will head left, running away from the trees, crossing a couple of streams. About a half-mile later, you will encounter “PRIVATE PROPERTY/NO TRESPASSING” warning signs. Keep running. You will soon see a gate to your right, leading onto private property. TURN AWAY FROM THE GATE, MAKING A HARD LEFT at a pine tree (there will be blue arrows and blue ribbon indicating this direction). You will quickly, within a several dozen steps, turn around the corner, following the single blue ribboning, toward the former site of the Ranch Creek aid station. Stay on the main road, and in about two miles you will come upon the Sandy Hill aid station. It is approximately a three-mile climb from Sandy Hill back up to Peavine aid. Once you leave Peavine aid station at mile 20, you will quickly veer right only a few hundred yards from the aid station and take a rocky road that is located BENEATH and runs parallel to the main Peavine maintenance road that you traveled up earlier in the morning on your first visit to Peavine aid. At two different points the parallel road will criss-cross the maintenance road you traveled up earlier in the day. Chalk and arrows will help you negotiate these quick “criss-crosses” before you drop to your right into the “Bowl” approximately two miles after you’ve left Peavine aid on your return.
HALF-MARATHON: At Three Trees Trail, about 2.5 miles from Radio Towers aid station, follow the orange ribbon and turn left, and up, which will take you to a meandering singletrack of a mile to the Ridgeview aid station. Ridgeview aid personnel, along with orange ribbons, will direct you from the aid station for your return to the finish. We will have a monitor at the Three Trees intersection to direct half-marathoners to make this turn. The monitor will direct 50M and 50K runners to proceed straight.
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 9,000 feet of ascent/descent. The 50M course will be marked with flour arrows, PINK RIBBON AND PINK/RED ARROWS.
- Radio Towers – 4 miles
- Poeville – 7.3 miles
- Peavine Summit – 11.7 miles Drop bags
- Jimmy’s Loop (Peavine Summit II) – 18.8 miles Drop bags
- Long Valley – 25.3 miles
- Dog Valley 30 miles
- Sandy Hill, 34.8 miles
- Peavine Summit 38.1 miles (Cutoff time: 5:15 p.m.) Drop bags
- Ridge View 44.4 miles
- Radio Towers 46.1 miles
- Finish Line 50 miles (Cutoff time: 8:15 p.m.)
50K Aid Stations:
The 50K course is 31 miles with about 5,800 feet of ascent/descent. The percent grades for ascent and descent are the same as the 50M. The 50K course will be marked with flour arrows, BLUE RIBBON AND BLUE ARROWS.
- Radio Towers 4 miles
- Poeville – 7.3 miles
- Peavine Summit – 11.7 miles Drop bags
- Sandy Hill – 16.2 miles
- Peavine Summit – 20.2 miles (cut-off time: 5:15 p.m.) Drop bags
- Ridge View – 26.5 miles
- Radio Towers – 28.2 miles
- Finish Line – 31.5 miles (cut-off time: 8:15 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 flour arrows ORANGE RIBBON AND ORANGE ARROWS.
- Radio Towers – 4 miles
- Ridge View – 8 miles
- Radio Towers – 11 miles
- Finish Line – 13.1 miles (cut-off time: 4 p.m.)