Silver State 50/50
Saturday, May 20, 2023
38th Annual – 50K | 50M
15th Annual – Trail Half-Marathon
Location: 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 – $125
- 50K – $110
- Trail Half-Marathon – $90
- REGISTER AT ULTRASIGNUP — Key word “Silver State”
- NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
Registration closes 11:59PM on Tuesday, May 16th.
Note: For the 15th 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.
Saturday, May 20 – Rancho San Rafael Park
- 5 a.m. – 5:45 a.m. – Check-In for 50M (you will receive your race bib then)
- 5 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. – Drop bag collection for 50M AND 50K (bags leave promptly at 5:30 a.m.)
- 6 a.m. – 50M START
- 6 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. – 50K Check-In (you will receive your race bib then … make sure if you have drop bags to have them dropped at the start line no later than 5:30 a.m.)
- 7 a.m. – 50K START
- 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Trail Half-Marathon Check-In (you will receive your race bib then)
- 8 a.m. – Trail Half-Marathon START
- 8:15 p.m. – Final cutoff for 50-miler and 50K
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 13-hour, 15-minute cutoff. 50M and 50K 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 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.
DROPS: In the unlikely event that you are dropping out, please do so at an aid station. Tell the aid station captain at the aid station about your decision. Give the aid station captain your race bib so we have it for afterward for reconciliation purposes. 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 are for overall women’s and men’s winners of the 50M, 50K and half-marathon. In addition, age group awards are for the top (first place) women’s and men’s finishers of the following divisions in the 50M, 50K and half-marathon: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69 and 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 is 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 red 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 about 9,000 feet of ascent/descent. The 50M course will be marked with flour arrows, PINK RIBBON AND PINK ARROWS.
- Radio Towers – 4 miles
- Poeville – 9.3 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 44.6 miles
- Radio Towers 46.8 miles
- Finish Line 50 miles (Cutoff time: 8:15 p.m.)
50K Aid Stations:
The 50K course is 31 miles with about 6,000 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 – 9.3 miles
- Peavine Summit – 11.7 miles Drop bags
- Sandy Hill – 16.2 miles
- Peavine Summit – 19.5 miles (cut-off time: 5:15 p.m.) Drop bags
- Ridge View – 26 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 ORANGE RIBBON AND RED ARROWS.
- Radio Towers – 4 miles
- Ridge View – 8 miles
- Radio Towers – 11 miles
- Finish Line – 13.1 miles (cut-off time: 3 p.m.)
About The Race
This is the 38th running of the Endurance Runs and the 15th for the Trail Half-Marathon. The 50/50 has a rich history as one of the oldest trail runs on the West Coast. Our race was literally founded in the backyard of one our co-founders, Roland Martin, as a way to bring the ultra communities of northern Nevada and northern California together for a day of adventure on Peavine Mountain and the nearby Carson Range followed by food, drink and ample storytelling of the day’s events. We’ve continued to do all we can to keep this “old-school” vibe co-created by Roland alive throughout Silver State’s long history. 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 challenging and well-marked course, great volunteers at our aid stations and food and drink at the finish line at Rancho San Rafael Park. We hope that you feel the sense of community that Roland and the early figures of trail running in northern Nevada first established back in 1986.
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.