Like so many other big events in Reno from Hot August Nights to the Barracuda Championship PGA golf tournament to the Balloon Races, we too need many volunteers to put on the RTO.

Local teams help us to provide volunteers.  But you don’t have to be affiliated with a team to volunteer.  Various people volunteer each year, from individuals to large groups connected with non profit organizations and local companies.

There are many opportunities to help.  They include being at the packet pick-up on the Thursday afternoon/evening before the relay, being at the start on Friday, and being at the Finish Line Festival on Saturday.

If you want a really cool experience, sign up to be a volunteer at one of the 35 exchange points along the 178 mile route.  You will see the runners out on the course coming through your exchange point.  We even have a Most Spirited Exchange Point Contest.  This is your chance to turn your exchange point into a themed party of your choice.  Wear costumes, decorate your exchange, etc.  If you are not in a “Quiet Zone,” then crank up the music too.  We want you to have fun out there.  The runners will vote on the most spirited exchange.  You may win a great prize for being so enthusiastic and having so much fun!  About a week before the RTO, we have a special orientation meeting for exchange point volunteers.  We give you the materials that you will need for your assignment and we treat you to dinner.

At a minimum, all volunteers get a quality event shirt and we treat you to lunch at the Finish Line Festival.

So how do you volunteer?  We have an online registration process for the volunteer assignments.  We turn on this process around March 1 each year.  We block out certain assignments for repeat volunteers who return every year.  First come first served for the remaining assignments.  Stay tuned to the RTO website.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly at

Thanks for your interest in being a volunteer at this event!