Saturday, May 16, 2015 • Reno, NV • Course Map
A rugged, challenging trail race event that takes runners on a hike up and down Peavine Mountain, whose 48,000 acres overlook the northwest corner of the city near the University of Nevada-Reno, the Silver State 50K & 50-Mile Run introduced its first-ever half marathon in 2009.
The race makes its 30th annual running in the late spring of 2015, and its 7th with the half marathon.
Designed for experienced trail runners, the half marathon will follow the same course used by the 50K runners for the first seven miles, and then return to the starting line via an alternate route back down the mountain.
Each of the three races in the event starts at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, once a working ranch in the 1890s and now a public park with about 570 acres of pasture land, natural sage and hiking trails.
The park is also part of an area in northern Nevada known as the Truckee Meadows, a swath of meadows, rivers and pasture land that surrounds Peavine Mountain and provides the gorgeous views race participants will take in as they climb and descend the 9,200 feet of elevation change in the event’s two longer-distance races.
The terrain for the half marathon (as well as for the other races) is challenging. Runners should be prepared to encounter a combination of rocky single track trails and sometimes slippery dirt roads, many with gravel.
For the half, runners will climb about 2,400 feet in elevation on the way out and descend about 2,300 feet on the way back, and will follow a combination of single-track trails and roads, many of which are old mining roads that harken back to the mountain’s days as a center for mineral mining.
Race Weather & Climate
Springtime weather conditions in the Reno area are typically mild to moderately warm, with sunny skies and little to no rainfall. May has brought record temperatures here as low as 16 degrees (in 1896) and as high as 97 degrees (in 2003).
On race day (May 16), the average low is 40ºF and the average high is 73ºF.
- 6:00 AM – 50-mile
- 7:00 AM – 50K
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- $50 for the half marathon
- $75 for the 50K
- $85 for the 50-mile
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Reno’s Silver State Trail 50K, 50-mile or Half Marathon race, register online at UltraSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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