Sunday, August 14, 2016
Start Time - 7:00AM
Join us for the Reno 10 Miler & Relay, a 10 mile run for individuals or a 2 or 3 person relay for teams of runners. It starts and finishes in downtown Reno, Nevada and passes through the University of Nevada campus and other scenic and historic neighborhoods. Elite runners battle for prize money.
This event is what the title says, a 10 mile run. Just beyond a 10K (6.2 miles). But not quite as far as a half marathon (13.1 miles).
Or if you are more interested in running a shorter distance, get together a team and run in the 2 or 3 person relay. We'll divide the 10 mile course into three legs. On a 2-person team, one member will run two legs and the other member will run one leg. On a 3-person team, each member will run one leg. The legs will be between 3 and 4 miles.
This is going to be a spectacular course that shows off many of the landmarks of the city and the University of Nevada.
Why a ten mile run? Ten mile runs are a growing niche in the running industry in the United States. There are a number of runs of this length that already are very popular, such as the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and Army 10 Miler both in Washington D.C. These events draw huge fields. One of the newest is the Sactown 10 Miler in Sacramento. Running Times wrote an article on how the 10 mile race is the perfect distance. We agree, especially for Reno and its higher elevation!
The 10 mile distance is perfect for those 5K and 10K runners who want to move up but are intimidated by the longer distances. At the same time the 10 mile distance is long enough to be challenging for everyone.
There is a time limit for this event. It is a run, not a walk. See below for more details.
So start training for this one whether you are running the whole 10 miles by yourself or as part of a relay team. You are going to enjoy the Reno 10 Miler a lot!
The 2015 course is different from the last two years in the following ways.
One, the Virginia Street Bridge is being replaced with a new span over the Truckee River. That project has begun and is scheduled to be finished in May 2016. So this year the start and finish lines will be located on Arlington at Wingfield Park.
Two, there is a lot of construction on the UNR campus. They are building a new health and fitness center across from the Joe Crowley Student Union that will impact our use of West Stadium Way. Also due to upgrades being made in Mackay Stadium and the fact that we cannot use West Stadium Way by the stadium, we will enter Mackay from the east side in order to make the lap around the track.
For relay teams, Leg 1 probably is the toughest leg because of a few uphill sections, but the good news is that it is the shortest leg at 3.1 miles, and you get to run a lap around the track in Mackay Stadium. Leg 2 is the longest leg at 3.65 miles, but it has the most downhill parts. That leaves Leg 3 at 3.25 miles.
For 2 person teams we strongly recommend that the first runner either run Leg 1 only or Legs 1 and 2. There probably won't be enough time for a runner to run Leg 1, then get himself or herself to the start of Leg 3, and then run Leg 3. Remember that the drive from the first exchange to the second exchange will be impacted by temporary closures of 9th and University Terrace as well as other streets.
What Everyone Gets...
All participants will receive a technical running shirt (mens and womens sizes) and a finisher's medal.
Post race refreshments are included.
And everyone will get the opportunity to run on a brand new course through the streets of Reno closed to traffic thanks in part to City of Reno Public Works and Reno Police Department personnel and an army of volunteer course marshals. No hopping up and down off and on sidewalks or bike paths for this one.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a No Strollers No Pets race.
Win Cash Prizes...
Overall top 3 male and female finishers in the Reno 10 Miler will win some cash!
- 1st place - $250
- 2nd place - $125
- 3rd place - $50
There may be some other prizes as well. Stay tuned!!
Reno Donner Double
For those of you wanting a bigger challenge, consider swimming in the Donner Lake Swim on the Saturday of the Reno 10 Miler race weekend, a 2.7 mile swim across Donner Lake, then running in the Reno 10 Miler on Sunday morning. Every Reno Donner Double participant will earn a pilsner glass with both events' logos. There will also be a separate division. The top-3 fastest combined times for men and women will win a license plate. To be eligible for the pilsner glass, you must do the Reno 10 Miler as an individual.
There is a time limit for this event. We are allowed to use the UNR facilities and close the City of Reno streets for a limited amount of time. The City of Reno will be re-opening the streets as the morning progresses.
By 9:15 a.m. we would like everyone to be finished with the 10 mile course. That provides everyone with 2 hours and 15 minutes, with an average of 13.5 minute miles.
For those who have not completed the entire 10 miles by 9:15 a.m., you will need to use the sidewalks and comply with pedestrian and traffic laws.
Between 9:45 and 10 a.m. we will end the official timing and take down the finish arch, and the City of Reno will re-open Arlington Avenue in the Wingfield Park area.
Race Day Parking
Please plan to park in the Courthouse Parking Lot across from the Washoe County Courthouse at 75 Court Street. This parking lot is a short walk, about 3 blocks, to Wingfield Park.
To put on this event we need the assistance of many volunteers. We treat our volunteers very well. If you are interested, please contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are involved with a non profit organization who would like to volunteer, please contact us. We can help publicize your good cause and we will make a financial contribution to your group.
In 2015 we had a number of organizations help put on the event. They included the Prison Recovery Network, Immunize Nevada, the Galena Cheer Team, the UNR Ultimate Frisbee Club, Grace Church, the UNR Campus Recreation and Wellness Department, the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, South Reno Athletic Club and Velo Reno.
Here is a little information about two of these organizations.
The Prison Recovery Network is dedicated to helping prisoners and their loved ones. Their mission is to provide the support necessary for every family to heal and every former prisoner to successfully rejoin society. Their vision is a World where no one ever returns to prison due to lack of resources or guidance. By supporting this organization you are supporting safer communities, responsible fiscal policy, and the healing of broken families and shattered lives. For more information, please visit www.prisonrecovery.net.
Immunize Nevada advocates for and educates about the benefits of vaccines and fosters statewide collaboration to achieve Nevada's health priorities. Immunize Nevada's vision is for healthy communities across Nevada being protected from vaccine-preventable disease. For more information, visit ImmunizeNevada.org.