Entering the Silver State 508
Plus Gear, Waiver Forms, and Other Info!
Thank you for your interest in competing in "The Toughest 48 Hours in Sport!"
The 2014 Silver State 508 will take place Sunday-Tuesday, October 5-7, based in Reno, NV.
Registration opened for 2013 508 veterans, and former 508 race staffers from any year, on Tuesday, May 27. All of this first wave of applicants will be guaranteed entry, as long as they register during that first week of registration. (During this first wave of entry, 4x teams registering must have at least two - preferably more - 2013 508 veterans on the team, whereas 2x teams must have at least one 2013 508 veteran.)
On June 3, registration will open to everyone else. Anyone who meets the qualifying standards and who wants to race is encouraged to enter the race.
We will close entry to the race once a field of approximately 250 racers is confirmed in the race (app. 70 soloists and 70 relay teams).
Registration is available at BikeReg.com at this link.
2014 SILVER ENTRY FEES AND PROCESS
Entry fees are non-transferable, but are 50% refundable until August 1.
Entry fees are:
- Solo: $550
- Tandem: $990
- 2X Team: $990
- 4X Team or Two Tandem Team: $1700
- 4 Tandem Team: $2600
Rider Substitution Fee: $50 (For any approved rider swaps on 2x and 4x teams). Rider swaps are heavily discouraged. If your team must swap a rider, please contact us to inquire about how to complete the process. Also, please note that not all Rider Substititions are guaranteed acceptance. Your team, if it is selected for the race, is selected based upon the rider bios submitted in the original team application. Therefore, rider substitutions must be approved, are not guaranteed, and may lead to rejection of the entire team.
Team and Tandem Entries: Please note that we need complete application information for every rider, so be prepared to submit a complete application for each rider simultaneously (that means one person will submit all the info on behalf of all riders).
Totems: We use animal totems rather than numbers to identify racers in the Furnace Creek 508. Each racer may request, or will receive, an animal totem as part of the application process. Returning racers will have the same totems as before. New riders may request a specific animal totem when they submit their entry form, however only Chris Kostman can officially assign animal totems, following a special ritual ablution and spiritual practice. Totems, whether nickname, mascot, alter ego, second identity, or spirit guide, are permanent and non-transferable. For more info on totems and which totems are already taken, click here.
JERSEYS AND GEAR
All 2014 508 official finishers will be awarded a FREE jersey at the finish line in Twentynine Palms, so 2014 entrants should be sure to specify their correct size on their 2014 application. Click here to see Furnace Creek 508 jersey designs from throughout history!
Note: As of 2013, we use PACE Sportswear "Euro Race Cut" jerseys, proudly made in Orange County, CA by long-time friends of ours. (PACE produced the jerseys for this race in its early years and was one of the very first companies to sponsor ultra cycling and ultra cyclists. We are excited and pleased to be working with them again, and to be awarding jerseys Made Locally and Made In The USA to all Furnace Creek 508 finishers.) Please review the CHEST measurement on the following Size Chart to confirm your size. These jersys fit similarly to Hincapie as we used for many years before 2012. Be sure to request the appropriate size (check the CHEST measurement only), as that size is what you will receive if you finish!
MINIMUM QUALIFYING STANDARDS FOR SOLO RACERS
SOLO: Because the level of competition, and finishing rate, are so high in this race (due to qualifying standards), racers applying for the solo race field must meet one or more of the following minimum qualifying standards prior to entering the race:
• Official finish of Furnace Creek 508 in any category.
• Official finish of The Trona 308 in any category.
• Official finish as a soloist of any bona fide 400-mile, or longer, ultracycling race such as Race Across Oregon, Adirondack 540, or RAAM Challenge event.
• Official finish of Paris-Brest-Paris or other bona fide 1200km Grand Randonnée in under 80 hours.
• Official finish of a Super Randonneur Brevet Series (200km, 300km, 400km, and 600km) in one calendar year, in the past several years. Alternatively, official finish of three double centuries and a 600km brevet, in the past several years.
• Official finish of the Race Across America in any category.
• Official finish as a soloist of a bona fide 24 hour road race with a minimum of 350 miles completed, in the past two years (325 miles minimum required for riders 50 years of age or older.)
• Official finish of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon.
HOW TO ENTER THE RACE
Registration is open NOW!
Step One: All 2014 Silver State 508 entrants must complete the online application (available at the bottom of this page). You will need to tell us about the following:
- Your ultracycling, and ultrasports, experience, demonstrating that you meet or exceed the Minimum Qualifying Standards outlined above on this page.
- Your specific experience with Furnace Creek 508 or The Trona 308 in the past (if any), as a racer, crew member, or race staff. If you are applying as a relay team, having at least one 508 veteran on your team is encouraged, but not required.
- Your contributions to the sport of ultracycling: event organizer, support crew experience, journalist, sponsor, and the like, if any.
Step Two: Once you submit your registration, you are IN THE RACE. However, we will review your application to confirm that you are qualified to enter. If you are not qualified to enter, we will cancel and refund your entry immediately.
NOTE: We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Additionally, due to permit, safety, and operational restrictions that limit the field to approximately 250 entrants, we apologize now that some qualified applicants will not be accepted. We appreciate your understanding if you are not able to race this year. If that's the case, we encourage you to support another racer in the event as this race could not go on without dedicated and competent support crews.
Step Three: Mail us the hard copy of the Personal Waiver Form. Please TYPE all information on the pages while it is open in your computer, then sign it before mailing it to the race office with the relevant fee, unless you paid the fee online. Fees may be paid by check or money order only, payable to AdventureCORPS; sorry, no credit cards unless you pay in that manner through BikeReg. You will have a limited time to submit the paperwork to AdventureCORPS in order to secure your spot on the race roster. If your paperwork and/or fee is not received promptly, you will forfeit your opportunity to compete.
Step Three: Click here to sign up for our email newsletter. Click here to sign up for our @adventurecorps Twitter feed and click here to "like" the Facebook page for The 508.
Step Four: Each of your crew members must complete sign the Personal Waiver Form prior to the race, so print one for each of your crew members. Please bring them as one set of waivers when you attend Racer Check-In. (Do not mail them to us in advance.)
Step Five (not mandatory): We encourage, but do not require, you to click here to submit an online donation to Challenged Athletes Foundation, the Official Charity of AdventureCORPS and this event in particular. It will go a long way for a good cause and will mean a lot to me personally. Also, you may choose to become a fund-raiser for CAF and dedicate your participation in Furnace Creek event to CAF. It's a great cause and fun to do! For more info on why you should support CAF or how you can race on behalf of CAF, click here.
Step Six: Study the rules, organize your support crew well, and train hard!
Submit your Silver State 508 application via BikeReg at this link.