volunteers-rtovolunteer-rto-conesEach 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. We open the registration around March 1 every year. Stay tuned for announcements.

Please have your volunteers register through the online process by April 15.

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. 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.

Click Here To Register Volunteers

Here are some of the most critical rules you need to know:

  1. The volunteer related requirements set forth above.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Runners are required to wear bright orange or yellow vests with reflective materials from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. And on CA Sate Route 89. And at any other times if directed by race officials and volunteers. Class 2 safety garments are highly recommended. Runners are highly encouraged to wear these vests at all times.
  8. Runners are required to carry/wear certain light from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. And at any other times if directed by race officials and volunteers. Runners must wear at least one flashing light on the back. Runners must show one white light on the front.
  9. 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.
  10. Runners will comply with instructions given by race officials and 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.
  11. Everyone must be quiet in designated quiet zones and otherwise respectful of property owners along the course. Quiet zones include Leg 8 along Prosser Dam Road, Exchange No. 16 in the Tahoe Keys, Exchange No. 19 on Tramway Drive, Exchange No. 21 at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade, Exchange No. 22 in Genoa, Exchange No. 25 in Carson City, and Exchange No. 29 in Silver City.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

Each Capital Odyssey team that has at least 3 runners residing within 30 miles of a point along the course needs to provide 1 volunteer. There is no requirement for Comstock Odyssey teams.

There is an online sign up process for volunteers. Volunteers need to use that system to sign up for their assignment. We open the registration around March 1 every year. Stay tuned for announcements.

Please have your volunteers register through the online process by April 15.

Capital Odyssey teams who do not provide the required volunteer info will be charged $60 per team and will be required to pay that fee by May 1. 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.

Click Here To Register Volunteers

Here are some of the most critical rules you need to know:


  1. The volunteer related requirements set forth above.
  2. Vehicles for transporting runners along the course into the runner exchange points cannot exceed 20 feet in length. No big motor homes. No medium sized motor homes. No buses. No limousines.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 during 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.
  6. Runners are required to wear bright orange or yellow vests with reflective materials from Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday 6 a.m. Runners are highly encouraged to wear these vests at all times.
  7. Runners are required to wear flashing lights from Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday 6 a.m. Runners must wear at least one white light on the front and one flashing red light on the back.
  8. 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.
  9. Everyone must be quiet in designated quiet zones and otherwise respectful of property owners along the course. Those quiet zones include Exchange Point No. 25 in Carson City and Exchange Point No. 29 in Silver City.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 cooperation.