Race178 is a race production company based in Reno. We have been in existence since 2005 when we produced our first Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure.
Putting on races is our business. It is what we do full time. We are professional about it. We have been producing events for many years and we have a lot of experience. Most of our participants think we put on good events and they come back year after year.
So why do a Race178 event?
- It is critical that our participants have a great experience and be safe. Accordingly, we spend a lot of time, energy and money to make sure that this is the result every time.
- Because of our commitment to safety, we hire law enforcement. In addition, we set out lots of safety related equipment and signs. We also work with local first responding agencies so they are prepared to handle medical emergencies.
- For the Leprechaun Race, Reno 10 Miler and Journal Jog in Reno, we use the streets of Reno for our courses. We use enough of the street (either the whole street or one lane or a bike lane) so that there is plenty of room for our participants to run or walk. We hire Reno police officers to be present and to make sure the course is safe for the participants as well as others. We hire Reno public works officials to set out traffic control equipment so that others see that there is a race going on. We hire REMSA to be present and ready for action. Our participants are not crammed onto sidewalks and then forced to spill out onto streets without proper traffic controls and law enforcement to protect them. Our participants do not have to jump up and down off and around curbs and through landscaping.
- We mark the race route a variety of ways to make sure our participants know where they are supposed to go and stay on course.
- Our races are typically one distance with every participant following the exact same route. For an event with multiple races of different lengths sending runners and walkers off at different times and in different directions along the course, there is an increased likelihood that participants will get off course.
- Our races start on time.
- Volunteers are an important part of a race. Accordingly, we recruit a lot of volunteers far in advance of the event. We provide them with plenty of information so that they are educated about the event and their duties. We treat them nicely and with consideration so that they enjoy themselves and have fun. This increases the likelihood that our race participants will have a great experience.
- We post results on the same day of the event, often within hours of the finish of the race.
There are two other important reasons to choose a Race178 event.
One, we treat our participants as we would want to be treated. We put on an event as if we would be participating in it. We care about how the event comes off. In addition, we treat you with respect. We return your emails. We return your phone calls. We cheer you on at the events. We enjoy visiting with you. We get to know many of you. We do not want to be too big so that we cannot connect with you. Accordingly, we limit the sizes of our fields to a reasonable number (we currently cap the field of the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey). You mean more to us than registration numbers and entry fees.
Two, Race178 is a local company. We are Reno natives. We are Reno residents. Our office is in downtown Reno. We put on many events to showcase Reno because Reno is our hometown and Reno is where we live. Given that we live in Reno, we spend our earnings at other local businesses. We pay local taxes. We pay local license fees. We share a portion of our net proceeds with local non profits. We try to spur our race participants to spend their money at local businesses, many of whom are sponsors of our events or who support our events and the community in other ways. We sincerely want to see Reno succeed and become a better place to live and to visit.
Many events are put on by out of state companies that come to town for a weekend and execute an event here and fail to connect with the participants. They take their profits away to the satisfaction of corporate shareholders and equity fund managers who live in other places. They create few benefits for the local community.
The bottom line is that we deliver what we promise. To our participants. To our sponsors. To our non profit partners. To the government officials with whom we work. To the communities in which our events happen. We have a good track record of coming through to everyone’s great satisfaction.
Our signature event is the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure, a relay run on a 178 mile course around the Reno-Tahoe region. The first year of the RTO was in 2005. 36 teams and about 400 runners participated. In 2013 we produced the 9th annual version. We sold out, reaching our 250 team and 3000 runner caps. This event is ideal for teams of 12 runners with each runner running 3 legs of the 36 leg course.
For two shorter relay options that join the RTO in progress, please consider the Capital Odyssey Relay or the Comstock Odyssey Relay. The Capital Odyssey Relay is on the last 12 legs of the RTO course and is about 63 miles in length. It starts in Carson City, which is the capital of Nevada. The Comstock Odyssey Relay is on the last 6 legs of the RTO course and is about 30 miles long. It begins in Virginia City, home of the famous Comstock Lode mining boom of the 1860’s and 1870’s. Both of these relays end in Reno at the Finish Line Festival.
The Leprechaun Race is a festive 5K run and walk on or near St. Patrick’s Day. This race celebrates the Terry Lee Wells Children’s Discovery Museum and Reno’s Midtown and Wells Avenue districts.
The Reno 10 Miler is a 10 mile run for individuals or a 2 or 3 person relay. This one is mid August. The course showcases downtown Reno, the University of Nevada campus and other historic and scenic neighborhoods along with many city landmarks.
The Journal Jog is Reno’s Oldest Footrace. The 45th annual edition was in September 2013. The Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ) founded this event and produced it for decades, but we acquired the event earlier this year. We have a strong relationship with the RGJ who continues to be involved as the Journal Jog’s presenting sponsor. This is an 8K run and walk through Idlewild Park and old southwest Reno.
The Run with the Girls 5K is a 5K festival at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run – Sierras and their program in Reno area elementary schools. Sign up for one of the two timed heats, then cheer and support the program participants in their own Girls on the Run heat. Strong Girls, Strong Women, Strong Community.
There are other terrific Odyssey relays. The American Odyssey Relay Run Adventure is a 200 mile relay on an amazing route from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, D.C.
For a shorter relay option, please consider the Potomac Odyssey Relay. It joins the American Odyssey Relay Run Adventure in progress and is on the last 9 legs of the American Odyssey route.
We always are considering creating and producing other events, but we do not have any firm plans as of now. If you are involved with an event and you need a race director, let us know and we may be able to help.
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We look forward to seeing you out there!
So who are the people behind Race178?
(775) 336-8528 cell
Director of Marketing, Runner & Sponsor Relations
(775) 338-5255 cell
Director of Swag, Co-Owner and Eric’s Biggest Fan
(775) 232-2420 cell
RTO Volunteer Coordinator
(775) 772-6581 cell
Others who are part of the Race178 team and play critical roles in the production of the various events are David Evans, Joe Abittan, Randy Watkins, Lynn Mentzer, Dave Nolte, Rick Miolini and Johnno Lazetich.
The RTO’s sister relay the American Odyssey Relay Run Adventure is primarily owned and directed by Bob Fleshner and his race production company RDB Running. Eric and Stephanie helped Bob start the event in 2008, they are part owners of the relay, and Eric is a member of the race crew who puts on the American Odyssey each year. To reach Bob, email him at email@example.com or call (301) 520-9511.