Below are the entry fees. The earlier you sign up, the less you have to pay to run and play in the RTO, and the lower your race number will be! The first 25 fully paying teams will get a little something extra – see below. 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.
Each team must sign up for one division and one category, e.g. Open Mens.
- Open – all runners must be 16 or older
- Masters – all runners must be 40 or older
- Seniors – all runners must be 50 or older
- Corporate – all runners must be employed by the same company
- Club – all runners must be members of the same club, whether it be a running club, triathletes club, recreation/social club, adventure travel club or some other type of club
- Mens – zero to five women
- Mixed – six to eleven women
- Womens – 12 women
Prizes are awarded to the top team in each division and category. To be eligible for division winning prizes, runners must stay in order, e.g. the runner who runs leg no. 1 must also run leg nos. 13 and 25.
Ultra teams need to sign up for one of 3 divisions:
- Mens – more men than women, typically 4 or more men or 3 men and 2 women;
- Mixed – equal number women and men, typically 3 women and 3 men, or
- Womens – all women.
There is no requirement to run in a particular order. Some teams rotate every leg, some rotate every two legs, others run the 1st and 4th legs and so forth.
Create a Team:
Captains may create and pay for their team in one of the two ways described below:
Create your team paying the entire entry fee using a credit card. To do so, click on the orange button below. Please note that there is a processing fee.
Once you complete this process, you will receive a receipt which includes your team code. Please share this code with your runners so each of them will be able to register himself or herself on your team.Create Your Team Paying With A Credit Card
Create your team paying the entire entry fee with a check (or cash).
To do so, click on the green button below. You will need to complete the form there. Provide that form and a check (or cash) to Race178. Write the check to Race178. The address for Race178 is 331 E. Liberty Street, Reno, NV 89501. If you prefer, you may drop off the form and the check or cash payment. If you miss us, leave the registration in the locked mail box and email us that you stopped by.
Once you complete this process, we will set up a team code for your team and we will provide that code to you. Please share this code with your runners so each of them will be able to register himself or herself on your team. No more paper rosters to fill out!Form To Create Your Team and Accompany your payment by check (or cash)
Runner Registering on a Team:
If you are a runner who is a member of an existing team, this is the place to be to register yourself.
Your captain should provide you with a team code in order to register on his/her team. You register and sign the release form online using the purple button and clicking on “register on an existing team”.Runner Registration
Key Deadlines for Teams:
- October 31, 2017: Last day to pay early registration entry fee
- February 28, 2018: Last day to pay regular registration entry fee
- April 1, 2018: Shirt Size Guarantee – Teams must have all shirt sizes turned in by this date to ensure correct shirt sizes
- May 11, 2018: All online registration will be closed. Runner changes will be handled using a form to be provided at a later date.
What everyone gets for signing up:
- Technical shirt (mens and womens sizes so please give us the correct mens or womens size when you sign up)
- RTO race bag, usually a high quality and very handsome canvas utility/grocery bag or a drawstring bag
- the famous 178 decals that you see on so many cars in the Reno-Tahoe region and beyond
- more decals for the runners who run the epic legs of the RTO course (do you know which ones those are?)
- 178 tattoos
- Finisher’s medal
- 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; 35 exchange points with many spirited and long-time volunteers, plenty of directional signs, safety signs, light plants, and lots of law enforcement officers on our payroll for your safety.
- Lively start ceremony with music and introductions.
- Finish Line Festival with delicious food and cold brews for sale along with music and a variety of vendors. This is a very lively scene where runners hang out and swap stories about the adventures that they just experienced and the accomplishment that they just achieved!
- A complimentary beer for every runner! Be sure to finish by 4 p.m. when our beer vendors are in full beer pouring mode. This is extra incentive for your team to complete the relay by 4 p.m. See Time and Pace Maximums below.
- 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.
- The opportunity to participate in and win the award for the many fun contests: Best Team Name, Best Team Shirt, Best Team Costume, Best Decorated Vans, and Most Spirited Team.
- Your Leg 4 runner will compete in the epic Donner’s Downfall Leg 4 Time Trial. Fastest man and fastest woman will win a great prize. So will the runner who gets 178th place.
What the first 25 fully paying teams also will get:
Every runner on the first 25 fully paying teams will get a special coupon that can be redeemed for either (i) a 178 fleece hoodie navy in color and in unisex sizes, subject to availability, or (ii) 50 percent off the price of any other item of RTO swag, subject to availability. Coupons may be redeemed at packet pick-up or at the start or finish of next year’s race.
We will continue our tradition of providing each captain with something special. Each captain will receive an official RTO captain’s pilsner glass along with a ticket for a complimentary lunch 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 Capital Odyssey Relay or the Comstock Odyssey Relay.
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, 2018. Stay tuned for announcements.
Please have your volunteers register through the online process by April 15, 2018.
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, 2018. 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 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.