Silver State 50/50

Silver State 50-mile and 50K Endurance Runs

PLUS 8th Running of the Silver State Trail Half-Marathon


Saturday, May 21, 2016, Reno, Nevada


Races and times:

50-mile start: 6 a.m.

50-kilometer: 7  a.m.

Trail Half-Marathon start: 8 a.m.



Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno.


Course Maps:

Half Marathon (JPG or PDF)

50k Maps (JPG or PDF)

50 Mile Maps (JPG or PDF)


Registration fees:

50M registration is $100 ($110 after May 1)
50K registration is $90 ($100 after May 1)
Trail Half-Marathon is $60 ($70 after May 1)
Race-day registration will be available this year! You can also sign up on Friday, May 20, during packet pickup/race briefing at Eclipse Pizza 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.


About the Race:

This is the 31st 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 chose, 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 eighth 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.


LATE REGISTRATION,PRE-RACE MEETING, PACKET PICKUP AND DROP BAG COLLECTION: Runners are encouraged to attend the Friday, May 20 runner check-in and packet pickup at Eclipse Pizza (located at the corner of Mayberry Drive and McCarran Blvd., behind Walden’s Coffeehouse). Packet pickup and Friday 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. Race day T-shirt and bib number pickup is also available starting at 5 a.m. at Rancho San Rafael Park. Saturday race-day registration times are as follows: 5-5:30 a.m. for the 50M; 6-6:30 a.m. for the 50K; 7-7:30 a.m. for the trail half marathon. To get to Eclipse Pizza, exit Interstate 80 onto McCarran Boulevard (turn right onto McCarran from I-80 East, turn left onto McCarran from I-80 West). Follow McCarran downhill, past Fourth Street. Continue on McCarran until you reach Mayberry Drive. Eclipse Pizza, located at the Mayberry Landing Shopping Center, is on the right-hand side of McCarran once you are through the intersection at Mayberry. Please try to use the parking that is available at Roy Gomm School directly behind the Mayberry Landing Shopping Center.


50M/50K drop bag information: Drop bags for Ranch Creek, River Bend and Peavine can be dropped off on Friday, May 20 at Eclipse Pizza 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.




50M start is 6 a.m. 50K start is 7 a.m. Trail half-marathon start is 8 a.m.


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.


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.


Silver State Aid Stations

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



For any questions regarding the race, contact RD John Trent at





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