The Silver State 508: Need to Know

Founded by John Marino in 1983 and known as "The Toughest 48 hours in Sport," Silver State 508 is the world's premier weekend ultracycling race. This 508-mile bicycle race is revered the world over for its epic mountain climbs, stark desert scenery, desolate roads, and its reputation as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available, bar none.

The race is held every year in October, usually on the first weekend.

The 2014 race route will be based in Reno, NV and will cross northern Nevada on Hwy 50, also known as "the loneliest highway in America." Click here for the route info and click here for registration, which is OPEN NOW!


Will YOU survive The Silver State 508 across Nevada's Hwy 50?


2014 Schedule of Events in Reno, Nevada

Saturday, Oct 4
12:00pm - 4:45pm.
RACER CHECK-IN at Silver Legacy Mezzanine: Check-in must be done before the Pre-Race Meeting. THIS MUST BE COMPLETED BY 400PM, OR THE ASSOCIATED RACER(S) WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE.
Saturday, Oct 4
12:00pm - 4:45pm
VEHICLE and BICYCLE INSPECTION at Silver Legacy Parking Area To Be Announced: Plan on arriving with all your vehicle signage, lights, triangle, and other safety equipment in place and ready to use. All support vehicles must be checked for maximum width, as well as totem signage, caution signs, triangles, roof lights, and comprehensive first aid kits. Also, plan on showing that all bicycles are safe and race-ready and are equipped, or quickly equipable, with excellent front and rear lights and lots and lots of reflective materials facing in all directions. THIS MUST BE COMPLETED BY 400PM, OR THE ASSOCIATED RACER(S) WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE.
Saturday, Oct 4
5:00 - 6:15pm
PRE-RACE MEETING at Silver Legacy Silver Barons A 1-6: Solo entrants must be represented by the racer and at least one crew. 2X Team entrants must be represented by at least one racer and one crew. 4X Team entrants must be represented by at least two racers and one crew or 3 racers. ALL crew members and ALL racers are strongly encouraged, and expected, to attend.
Sunday, Oct 5
6:30am
SOLO START TIME: We will begin the race near the Reno Arch, at Commercial Row and Virginia Street. All riders must be present at the start no later than thirty minutes prior to their start time for pre-race instructions and photos. Support vehicles should NOT come to the start line as there is no parking.
Sunday, Oct 5
7:30am
RELAY START TIME: We will begin the race near the Reno Arch, at Commercial Row and Virginia Street. All riders must be present at the start no later than thirty minutes prior to their start time for pre-race instructions and photos. Support vehicles should NOT come to the start line as there is no parking.
Tuesday, Oct 6
6:30am
ENDING TIMES: Barring any unforeseen serious circumstances, the event is officially over for ALL entrants at 6:30AM on Tuesday.

SUNRISE/SUNSET/TWILIGHT: Using Reno as a reference on Oct 5, Civil Twilight begins at 6:33AM and Sunrise is at 6:59AM, while Sunset is at 6:35PM and Civil Twilight ends at 7:02PM.

OFFICIAL RACE TIME: Click here to set your watch to official race time.

APPLYING TO RACE: Entry into The 508 runs in two waves: First 508 veterans are given one week to enter the race (starting May 27), then registration is open first come, first served. Solo entrants must meet the qualifying standards outlined on the website prior to registering for the race.

RACE ROSTER: Click here for the 2014 Roster.

508 GEAR: Stay tuned for the 2014 Gear.

WEBCAST: Will be hosted during the race (starting about 1200 noon on Saturday, October 4 with a Live Webcam at Racer Check-In) for time splits, images, and more. Click here for the 2013 webcast. Stay tuned for the 2014 webcast link.

RACE MAGAZINE: Click here for the 2013 Race Magazine! Stay tuned for the 2014 edition.

RULES: Read them, learn them, live them: Click here.

ROUTE: The Official Route for The 508 will be included in the Race Magazine and on this website.

DIVISIONS OFFERED. Click here for the info.

COURSE RECORDS: Visit the Results Page for all course records. All New Records will be established in 2014 on the new route!

START LINE HOST HOTEL: Silver Legacy Casino Resort 407 North Viriginia Reno, NV 89501. The Silver Legacy is located in downtown Reno, adjacent to the Reno Arch and the race start line.

Our Special Rates (single/double occupancy): $59 on Sunday - Thursday; $119 on Friday - Saturday. $10 per person above two; maximum of four per room. Plus 13.5% Washoe County room tax, plus $2 per night City of Reno fee, plus $10 per room Resort Fee which provides guests with round-trip airport shuttle service 19 hours per day, both covered valet and covered self parking, in-room wireless internet, admission to the health spa, and boarding pass printing at the Bell Desk or Concierge Desk.

Our group cut-off date to access our rooming block is September 3, 2014. The special booking code, to access our block and special rate, is provided to all registered racers by email during the registration process.

START LOCATION: We will begin the race near the Reno Arch, at Commercial Row and Virginia Street, adjacent to the Silver Legacy Casino Resort. Support vehicles should NOT park here or nearby, due to limited space; use Silver Legacy parking lots instead.

BIKE SHOP SUPPORT AT THE START LINE AND BIKE SHIPPING: We are pleased to announce that Great Basic Bicycles of Reno, owned by 508 / 308 veteran Rich Staley will servs as the Official Bike Shop of the Silver State 508. They will have a neutral support van on the course on Sunday morning for the first 25 miles of the race (when your support teams are already up the road, waiting for you). If you want to pre-order anything special or extra for the race, or you need to ship a bike out in advance, then we recommend Bicycle John's for all your 508 needs! Contact them by phone (775) 825-8258 or at 8048 S Virginia St Reno, NV 89511 (Map). Their Website.

ENDING LOCATION: Across the street from the finish line host hotel, Atlantis Casino Resort. Plan on hanging out at the finish line to greet other finishing riders, which will help everyone get to know one another better and make the weekend more fun.

FINISH LINE HOST HOTEL: Atlantis Casino Resort 3800 S. Virginia Street| Reno, NV 89502. This is located at the race finish line, which is three miles south of the start line in order to avoid extra congestion at the end of the race.

Rates: $119 on Saturday night, but $59 per night on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. (As the race begins on Sunday, you will want a room there when you finish, which will be some time on Monday or Monday night / early Tuesday morning.) Plus 13.5% Washoe County room tax, plus $2 per night City of Reno fee, plus $15 per room Resort Fee which provides guests with both valet and self parking, in-room wireless internet, use of the fitness center, two bottles of spring water per day, extended checkout of 12pm, and boarding pass printing services.

Our group cut-off date to access our rooming block is September 15, 2014. The special booking code, to access our block and special rate, is provided to all registered racers by email during the registration process.

TOTEMS, NOT RACE NUMBERS: As always, we will continue with animal totems rather than numbers. Each racer may request, or will receive, an animal name that must be posted on all four sides of each vehicle. Animals are the theme—antelope, bear, cheetah, duck, etc. Be sure to memorize your totem; this is how you and your crew will identify yourselves to time stations and race officials. 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.

OFFICIAL FINISHER'S DISTINCTION: To finish The 508 is a noted accomplishment in the world of ultra endurance sports. The time limit is 48 hours for solo entrants and 46 hours for teams.

AWARDS: All solo and team OFFICIAL FINISHERS will receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line. They will also receive an OFFICIAL FINISHER'S jersey, produced by PACE Sportswear, at the finish line. To see the 508 T-shirt designs from 1990 through 2000, plus RAAM T-shirts from 1982 through 1998, click here.


PERMITS: This event is held under special use permits from the TBA, and is overseen by the TBA. (If one of these agencies won’t issue us a permit, this race could be cancelled. Please keep that in mind!)


OFFICIAL CHARITIES: The official charities of The Silver State 508 are the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Major Taylor Association. Additionally, AdventureCORPS is a member of 1% For The Planet and the Conservation Alliance. One of the goals of the race is to raise funds for, and awareness of, these organizations.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation was created on the belief that people of all abilities should have the opportunity to pursue a life full of physical activity and of sports. Be they recreational or in pursuit of a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, people with a physical disability are limited only by their access to funding. Since 1994, CAF has raised more than $30 million—allowing the Foundation to satisfy thousands of funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and across the globe.

Eighty-nine cents of every dollar raised by CAF provides funding and programs that get challenged athletes into the game. Whether it’s a $2,000 handcycle, helping underwrite a $15,000 running prosthetic or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar injury, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, competitive lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love.

Athletes, crew, fans, and friends of AdventureCORPS are encouraged to support Challenged Athletes Foundation. Additionally, all entrants in Furnace Creek 508 (as well as all other AdventureCORPS events) may become fund-raisers on behalf of CAF and thus dedicate their athletic efforts towards this wonderful cause. Fund-raising with this "Race For a Reason" program is made simple with a fully automated and personalized webpage where your friends, family, and co-workers may log onto your website and donate to your efforts in a totally safe and easy manner.

Click here to visit the CAF website. | Click here to donate to CAF. |

Click here for the "Race For a Reason" program—You can personally participate in our events on behalf of CAF - and even earn cool incentive prizes in recognition of your efforts!

Click here to read about the events that AdventureCORPS' Chris Kostman has competed in on behalf of CAF.

AdventureCORPS is also proud to support the Major Taylor Association. The MTA was formed by residents of Worcester, Mass., who became intrigued with the story of the 1899 world champion bicycle racer from Worcester who overcame racial prejudice to become the first internationally acclaimed African-American sports star. The organization's mission is to memorialize Major Taylor with a statue on public land in Worcester, in recognition of his athletic achievements and strength of character—his sportsmanship, concern for those less fortunate, devotion to God, and personal struggle for equality. Further, MTA aims to create a living memorial to Taylor by conducting good works in his name and educating people about his life and legacy. We are proud to support the Major Taylor Association and we encourage you to do the same. For more info about our charitable work with the MTA, click here.

Click here to visit the MTA website. | Click here to donate to MTA.

Click here to visit the DVNHA website. | Click here to donate to DVNHA.

For the phases of the moon and to find out what the moon will be doing during the race
For the time of moon or sun rise, anywhere, any day, courtesy of the US Naval Observatory