Below is the information that you need to know to register for the 11th Annual Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure set for Friday May 29 -- Saturday May 30, 2015.
Online Registration Opens July 1st!
Please note that the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey has become a relatively large event. In order to have a safe and orderly event, we need for every runner and team to comply with the rules of the event. The RTO's future will be in jeopardy if people do not follow the rules. Further below we set out some of the rules. We will implement a variety of measures to make sure that everyone is aware of these rules; a team may be disqualified for failing to comply with the rules.
Below are the entry fees. The earlier you sign up, the less you have to pay to run and play in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey, and you may score some extra swag too! Please note that there is a cap on the number of runners - 3000! That is equivalent of 250 teams of 12 runners or a few more if we have some ultra teams with less than 12 runners.
Teams of 12 runners down to as few as 7 runners
Thru October 31, 2014:
$1,440 per team ($120 per runner on a team of 12)
Between November 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015:
$1,560 per team ($130 per runner on a team of 12)
From March 1, 2015:
$1,680 per team ($140 per runner on a team of 12)
Ultra Teams (6 runners or less)
Thru October 31, 2014:
$780 per team
Between November 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015:
$810 per team
From March 1, 2015:
$840 per team
NOTE: if you register online, your team will pay an extra fee. The fee amount is less than the fee that Active charged when they handled our online registration.
What everyone gets for signing up:
Every runner receives a technical shirt (mens and womens sizes so please give us the correct mens or womens size when you sign up) and a customized RTO race bag with goodies, and then at the end a finisher's medal of course. In addition, every runner will get the opportunity to participate in a first class long distance relay event over a 178 mile spectacular course passing through two states and touring the Reno-Lake Tahoe region, filled with cool places and sights to see, with a lively start ceremony with music and introductions, a Finish Line Festival with delicious food and cold brews for sale and music and an awards ceremony, 35 exchange points, many spirited and informed volunteers, plenty of directional signs, safety signs, light plants, and lots of law enforcement officers on our payroll for your safety, and hundreds of other enthusiastic runners with creative team names and shirts shuttling about in decorated vans to share the experience with you and add to your memories.
Early registration swag:
The first 25 teams who pay the full entry fee will receive something extra.
We will continue our tradition of providing each captain with something special. For years now we have provided each captain with an official RTO captain's pilsner glass along with a complementary beer at the Finish Line Festival.
Cap on number of teams:
3000 runners. This will be the equivalent of 250 teams of 12 or a few more teams if we have some ultra teams. This is another reason to sign up early to make sure that your team gets into the event.
Time and Pace Maximums
The maximum time to complete the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey is 33 hours. If your team will need this much time, we will be starting you at 7 a.m. Friday, the earliest start time. We would like your team to be finished by 4 p.m. the next day. The pace limit is 11 minutes per mile. So your team must average an 11 minute per mile pace for the entire event.
If you are concerned that your team will not be able to complete the course in 33 hours and average an 11 minute per mile pace for the entire event, then please sign up for the RTO One, the one day version of the RTO on the last 12 legs of the course. Click here for more information.
Two ways to register:
1) Online through Raceplanner Click here to connect to RacePlanner
2) By mail. You may mail or drop off at the Race178 office a check for the entry fee and your team's roster. Write the check to Race178. The address for the Race178 office in downtown Reno is 331 E. Liberty Street, Reno, Nevada 89501.
The Information That You Need To Provide:
We need the following information for each team:
Estimated total time to complete the course
In addition, we need the following information for each runner on the team:
City of residence
Tech shirt size (mens and womens sizes)
Number of years in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey
To increase the likelihood that you will get the right size of your Race Shirt:
Please note that only runners who are registered as of March 31, 2015 are guaranteed a race shirt in the right size. After that we will try to provide each runner with a shirt that is the right size but we cannot guarantee it. This is another reason to sign up and get us all of your information early.
Volunteer requirement for local teams:
Each team that has at least 9 runners residing within 30 miles of a point along the course needs to provide 2 volunteers. Ultra teams need to provide 1 volunteer.
There is an online sign up process for volunteers. Volunteers need to use that system to sign up for their assignment. The online module will be ready for use by approximately March 1, 2015. Stay tuned for announcements.
Please have your volunteers register through the online process by April 15, 2015.
Teams who do not provide the required volunteer info will be charged $120 per team and will be required to pay that fee by May 1, 2015. We will use those monies to obtain volunteers if necessary, to spoil the volunteers who help us put on the event, and to make additional contributions to charities.
Here are some of the most critical rules that you need to know:
- The volunteer related requirements set forth above.
- Vehicles for transporting runners along the course into the van and runner exchange points cannot exceed 20 feet in length. No big motor homes. No medium sized motor homes that exceed 20 feet. No buses. No limousines.
- Runners must follow specific instructions for each leg. This includes crossing busy roads at designated intersections only and running on a particular side of the road.
- Team vehicle drivers must follow specific instructions for each leg, including parking in designated parking locations. Team vehicles may not always stop or park wherever they want to do so.
- Runners should not use headphones on certain parts of the course. Many relays strictly prohibit the use of headphones. We will allow runners to use headphones only in two sections of the course. The first part is the first seven legs of the course (Leg Nos. 1 through 7). The second part is on the last four legs of the course (Legs Nos. 33 through 36). These are legs that runners will be on in the day. Most of the legs are in Reno where sidewalks or bike paths are available. Runners assume all of the risks associated with running with headphones.
- Runners may not use headphones on Legs 8 through 32. These include all legs on CA State Route 89 (Legs 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16) and all legs run in the dusk and in the night time.
- Runners are required to wear bright orange or yellow vests with reflective materials from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Class 2 safety garments put another way. Runners are highly encouraged to wear these vests at all times.
- Runners are required to wear flashing lights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Runners must wear at least one flashing light on the front and one on the back.
- Runners must comply with special rules for the legs along CA State Route 89 (Legs 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16). They include the following. Runners are required to wear bright orange or yellow vests with reflective materials and runners are required to wear flashing lights regardless of whether they are running these legs in the day, dusk or night.
- Runners will comply with instructions given by race staff and exchange point volunteers, including to wear reflective vests and flashing lights and to stay off of certain roadways that act as entrances to people's homes and neighborhoods.
- Everyone must be quiet in designated quiet zones and otherwise respectful of property owners along the course.
- Every runner should diligently train for this running event to increase the likelihood that every runner will be able to run all of his or her legs and every team will be able to complete the event in the maximum time allowed.
- Runners will not split legs unless there is an injury or some other significant reason. If runners split a leg, then the teams must comply with the substitution procedures.
- Runners who are younger than 18 need to get approval from the race director to participate in the event. Special arrangements may need to be made about certain issues.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and your cooperation.
Course changes for 2015:
We are evaluating making the following changes: revising Legs 2 and 3; a new exchange 9; and revising Leg 26. We'll keep you updated on any changes that we make to the course.
Start getting ready for a second decade of grand adventures. The 11th Annual Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure is going to be a blast!