Below are the entry fees. Please note that there is a cap on the number of runners – approximately 2,700! That is equivalent of approx. 225 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:
Runner Registering on a Team:
If you are a runner who is a member of an existing team, this is the place to register yourself.
Click the purple button, select “join an existing team”, choose your team name, click “validate” and then “next” and you are on your way. Please follow your registration to completion and you will receive a confirmation email.Runner Registration
Key Deadlines for Teams:
- April 1, 2021: Shirt Size Guarantee – Teams must have all shirt sizes turned in by this date to ensure correct shirt sizes
- April 15, 2021: Team volunteers either must be registered for a shift or the volunteer fee must be paid
- May 1, 2021: Last time to change team name
- May 10, 2021: All online registration will be closed. Runner changes will be handled via email with firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly@race178.com.
What everyone gets for signing up:
- A relay adventure over a 178 mile spectacular course unlike any other passing through two states and touring the scenic, historic and fun filled Reno-Lake Tahoe region, packed with cool places and sights to see including Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Carson City, Virginia City, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the high desert of Northern Nevada.
- High quality, attractive and very comfortable technical race shirt (mens and womens sizes)
- High quality and attractive race bag of some sort (examples from the past include utility / grocery bag, drawstring bag and lunch 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
- Lots of quality swag for you to purchase including the top of the line trucker and baseball hats from our retail partner bigtruck® in Truckee. See store for more items.
- 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 at the finish line party.
- 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, along with many spirited and long-time volunteers along the course.
- Free photos posted on the RTO Facebook page.
- The opportunity to win 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.
- Your captain will get a special commemorative glass and a complimentary lunch as a thank you for all his/her efforts.
- If your team is among the first 25 to register, everyone on your team will get a little something extra.
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:
The field will be limited to 2,700 runners (the equivalent of 225 12-person teams). Why? To make the runner experience even better at this relay. Because with that number of runners in the event, the exchange points and roadways should be less crowded along the course and that should be a good thing for everyone.
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, 2021. Stay tuned for announcements.
Please have your volunteers register through the online process by April 15, 2021.
Teams who do not provide the required volunteer(s) will need to pay a fee of $90 per volunteer by April 15. 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.Pay Volunteer Fees
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.