Silver State Striders Ultra Runners Mission: We advance the community of ultra running by volunteering; by encouraging runners who are new to the sport; by supporting runners who are already involved in the sport; by conducting our training in a friendly and supportive environment; by training and racing through all types of weather and on all types of terrain; by knowing that all runners, no matter ability or accomplishment level, are all members of the same community.
The Silver State Striders Ultra runners use training schedules and foundational ultra philosophies designed by several of the area’s top ultramarathoners. The Striders’ Ultra training philosophy is based on proven effective training runs and nutritional techniques.
A core group of runners, who are among the most experienced Ultra runners in northern Nevada, devise the year’s training schedule based on the needs and race goals of the Striders’ Ultra group.
The ultra training group normally runs together Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at various locations throughout Reno, as well on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Run distances on weeknights is usually in the 9- to 12-mile range, with long runs on Saturdays stretching from 16 to 30 miles. Most of the runs are done on trails, with a good amount of climbing and descending. Times, locations and driving directions, are posted each Monday on the Training Schedule page, as well as the Truckee Meadows Running Facebook.
For three decades the Striders’ ultra group has been in charge of the Foresthill aid station at the Western States Endurance Run. By virtue of this continuing service and commitment to WSER, the Striders receive one (1) entry spot into Western States each year. The Striders hold a lottery each November in order to determine the person who will receive entry into Western States.
Volunteerism and contributing to the success of the Striders in a tangible ways remain the focal point of our criteria for selection for inclusion into our November drawing.
To be considered for the Striders’ Western States lottery, you must have done and do the following:
- Achieved a qualifier at a Western States qualifying race during the qualifying period that would officially place your name in the Western States Endurance Run December 2023 lottery (see the WSER website for races and time frame). You must be officially entered in the Western States December lottery in order to be considered for the Striders’ drawing.
- Have been a regular presence during our weekly training runs as well as any activities associated with the Striders.
- Submitted a brief statement explaining how you have contributed to the Striders’ mission and success over the past year.
- Accumulated at least 25 hours of volunteer time at Strider events which serve as the basis for volunteer hour requirements (The Striders’ Canyons aid station; Silver State 50/50; Foresthill aid station at Western States; Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs Tunnel Creek aid station NIGHT SHIFT only). Please list any of these four events at which you’ve volunteered and the number of volunteer hours you have accumulated.
- In order to be considered for the Striders’ Western States lottery, it is MANDATORY that you have volunteered at Silver State 50/50 in 2023. This is our most important event of every calendar year. It is important that we all contribute to its success by volunteering.
In order to be considered for inclusion in the Striders’ lottery, you must submit this information to the Striders at, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023.
Once the information has been gathered, a committee will evaluate all submissions. Depending upon on the number of submissions, a minimum number of finalists will then have their names placed in the Strider lottery, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at Eclipse Pizza. The first name drawn in the lottery that night will be the Striders’ representative in the 2024 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. A second name will then be chosen to serve as the Striders’ alternate. The alternate can still have their name placed in December’s Western States lottery.
General questions regarding the Striders’ lottery or training runs,