Mr. and Mrs. Pete and Heidi Parker run off from their wedding ceremony in Virginia City toward the finish of the RTO in Reno.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete and Heidi Parker run off from their wedding ceremony in Virginia City toward the finish of the RTO 2012 in Reno.





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“Odyssey” is defined as “a long wandering
marked usually by many changes of fortune.”




11th Annual
Reno-Tahoe Odyssey
May 29-30, 2015
and the
3rd Annual RTO One
May 30, 2015


Register for 11th Annual RTO
Online registration opens July 1st

It is a long wandering. A relay run ideally suited for teams of 12 runners on a 178 mile course. Starting in Downtown Reno along the Truckee River. Traveling through the Sierra Nevada mountains and along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Circling back through the Northern Nevada high desert to where you began in Reno.

The race begins Friday. It is a staggered start, with waves of teams starting every 15 to 30 minutes. The slower seeded teams will begin around  9 a.m. and the faster seeded teams will begin in the afternoon. Exact start times will be announced in the month before the event. Plan to get to Reno by Thursday night.

The only changes of fortune you will experience will be for the better. You will have a great time. And when you finish, you will enjoy an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and teamwork. And be the special guests at a party to celebrate your achievement.

Great event! My team members have not stopped talking about it. Your event had quite an impact on us. Friendships were made. Knowledge was gained. Challenges were met. I believe every runner on our team stated they would do it again next year ... and this coming from runners who each ran four, rather than three, legs. Simply a great experience. We all walked away stronger in one way or another.

Guy Johnson
12 Strangers, 2 Vans And 1 Heck of a Good Time

So why the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure?

A scenic course like no other. Guided by the high mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Running by mountain lakes, rivers and streams, including the one and only Lake Tahoe as well as the Truckee River. Running under the stars and past the neon of South Lake Tahoe's casinos. Descending Kingsbury Grade looking down on the lights of the Carson Valley. Climbing the Comstock Highway into Virginia City, then dropping down Geiger Grade with an eyeful of Mount Rose. The scenery. The vistas. The blue waters and skies. The bright stars. The neon lights.

A mighty challenge. 178 miles divided into 36 legs of varying lengths and difficulty. Continuous running, starting one day and ending the next, until each runner has run 3 legs. A course that begins and ends at 4490 feet and reaches a maximum elevation of 7334. The high altitude. The crisp air.

Get close to history. You'll run along the trails where the emigrants, including the infamous Donner Party, traveled to reach California. You'll follow the tracks of the original transcontinental railroad into Truckee. You'll travel along the Pony Express route. You'll pass through Virginia City and neighboring ghost towns, where Comstock Lode silver mines roared, and miners and Mark Twain frequented many a saloon, some still open today to quench your thirst.

Fun and entertainment all around you. Both day time activities and night time action for you, your teammates and your families to enjoy. Come for the relay but stay for the week.

The convenience of finishing a long relay run where you began it, in Downtown Reno. Only minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Interstate 80.

Time Trial On The Toughest Leg Of the Course. We have an individual competition in the middle of this team event.  Leg 4 is called Donner’s Downfall.  It is the longest and toughest on the course at 8 miles with the first six miles being uphill. This leg is also one of the most beautiful parts of the course.  Put your best runner in this spot in the rotation.  Then let’s find out who is the Fastest Man and Fastest Woman in the whole group.   

Two good causes. Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway.  We promote these non-profit organizations who are doing good things, and we make sure that they get some money out of this event.

This is the third relay I have done (Napa and Hood to Coast, previously). I have to say that this one was probably the most interesting and definitely more fun than Hood to Coast. I like the size of the race and the spirit of those who were from the local area. It's a beautiful race and is a great advertisement for the region.

Charlie Lambeth
Smells Like Texas Roadkill



Please sign up to run these other Odyssey relay runs....