Get Set and Start Running: RTO

Who’s running in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey on June 1-2, 2012? I’m not going to lie, when I heard RTO, I thought PGA golf. I was so wrong; it’s the other RTO which is the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey. I know a lot of my friends are running in it as we speak. I’m currently following them on Facebook.

This is its 8th year for the Odyssey relay run which was started by Eric Lerude. It will take place in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, and Virginia City. It’s over hour 24 hours of running and walking 178 miles. This is definably a great way to “Discover Your Nevada”.

There’s so much to do for the runners. There are many contests to be won, here’s a few Best Team Name, Best Team Shirt, Best Costume, Best Decorated Team Vans and Most Spirited Team. The runners can even get married in Virginia City. Everyone has a great time and this event help out local charities, the two that they picked this year are the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation and Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway.

Here is some fun and interesting facts that I found from their web site.

“It is a long wandering. A relay run ideally suited for teams of 12 runners on a 178 mile course. Starting in Downtown Reno along the Truckee River. Traveling through the Sierra Nevada mountains and along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Circling back through the Northern Nevada high desert to where you began in Reno.

The race begins Friday. It is a staggered start, with waves of teams starting every 15 to 30 minutes. The slower seeded teams will begin around 9 a.m. and the faster seeded teams will begin in the afternoon. Exact start times will be announced in the month before the event. Plan to get to Reno by Thursday night.

The only changes of fortune you will experience will be for the better. You will have a great time. And when you finish, you will enjoy an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and teamwork. And be the special guests at a party to celebrate your achievement.

To explain this chart, please see the runner in the No. 1 slot. That runner will run Leg Nos. 1, 13 and 25. No. 1 is 4.8 miles and rated “easy,” No. 13 is 6.2 miles and rated “moderate,” and No. 25 is 3.2 miles and rated “easy.” That runner will run a total of 14.2 miles. We have ranked that set of legs as the 10th hardest (or 3rd easiest) group of legs, so the Runner 1 slot receives the No. 10 ranking.

The person that you put in the No. 4 slot in your runner line-up will have the most difficult set of legs, hence the no. 1 ranking. So assign your best runner to be the No. 4 runner.

The legs that we have rated as “most difficult” contain the steepest climbs on the course. No. 4 contains an approx. 3 mile climb up the Dog Valley Road, No. 14 contains an approx. 1.5 mile climb near Bliss State Park, No. 19 contains an approx. 2.5 mile climb to Daggett Pass, and Nos. 30 through 32 contain some steep sections in the Virginia City area. The other most challenging leg is No. 33 descending Geiger Grade. That is the longest downhill leg of the course.

Most the legs are rated “moderate” and “easy” and are relatively flat, with the difference in rating being a matter of distance.”

This information was taken from Reno-Tahoe Odyssey web site:

Here is a copy of the handbook:

Here is a copy of the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey video:


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