Course Records, Results, and History

This race was founded in 1983 by the godfather of ultracycling, John Marino, who also created the Great American Bicycle Race and the Race Across America (RAAM). It was then known as the John Marino Open.

Originally created primarily as the qualifier for the Race Across America, the John Marino Open was first staged in May of 1983. The 762-mile course made seven and a half laps around the 100-mile loop formerly used in the second half of the Hemet Double Century in Southern California. The winner of the inaugural race was Michael Secrest. The race was held again in May of 1984 and May of 1985, then it was moved to Arizona so that the race could be run in a format with support vehicles and time stations, like RAAM.

The event next became known as the John Marino Open West, as Lon and Susan Haldeman had begun staging a JMO Midwest in Illinois. The first Arizona race was 750 miles from Tucson to the Grand Canyon and back, where its first champion was Scott Fortner. Subsequent editions of the AZ races went from Tucson to Flagstaff and back, a distance of 542 miles. The race was run seven times in Arizona and changed its name to RAAM Open West to foster a more evident affiliation between RAAM and all its Qualifiers.

The race moved back to California with the April 1989 version of the event covering 508 miles from Santa Clarita to Death Valley to Twentynine Palms, a route suggested by the 1987 Race Across America winner, Casey Patterson. Reasons for the relocation included the desire for a quieter, safer course and increased accessibility to the race by riders, crew, and staff. The first champion on what we know as the Furnace Creek 508 course was John Hughes, who also won it again in 1993.

In the fall of 1990, John Marino granted the rights to the event to Chris Kostman, then operating as Kostman Sport Group (now AdventureCORPS). Chris was a finisher of the May 1985 Hemet and October 1986 Arizona John Marino Open proto-508 races as well as the 1987 Race Across AMerica, and had worked on the JMO staff in 1984 through 1989 and the Race Across America staff in 1985, 1986, and 1989. (See more about that history here.) To say Chris was enthralled with the sport would be a massive understatement: he looked up to Marino as his mentor and loved everything about ultracycling, so he jumped at the chance to produce and promote the race. As such, since October 1990, The 508 has been proudly directed by Chris Kostman. Operating under the AdventureCORPS banner, he gets a ton of help from an incredible race staff every year.

In 1991 Chris changed the name of the race from RAAM Open West to Furnace Creek 508, or more simply as "The 508," to aid in promoting the event worldwide and enhancing its distinct identity as something much bigger than just a RAAM qualifier. The totem system was begun in 1993, giving a new outlet for racers to identify themselves both during the 508 as well as in other races and in "real life."

In 2013, the race was abbreviated to a 353-mile route from Santa Clarita to Trona and back, due to the Federal Government shutdown which prevented the race from passing through Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. Two hundred and forty-nine racers competed, the largest in race history, and the route was so popular that a new sister race was born in 2015, The Trona 308, which was first held in May of 2014.

In 2014 the 508-mile race was moved to the great state of Nevada, providing racers and crews with a breathtaking and challenging new route on which to continue the 31-year legacy of the event, now organized under the moniker "Silver State 508."

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. Over the past twenty-five years, The 508 has become recognized as the premier 48-hour ultracycling race in the world and "The Toughest 48 hours in Sport."

Below are the race reports, results, and course records from throughout the 25 year history of the event on the Furnace Creek-based route. All new records in all divisions will be set in 2014 and beyond with the new Silver Stage 508 route.

If you'd like to write history instead of read it, apply to compete in the next edition!

For all the historical data, results, totems, and much more from every year of this race, from 1983 to the present, visit the Results Database.


Silver State 508 Race Statistics, Results, and Webcast Links

Click Race Date Total Entrants Solo Finishing Rate Team Finishing Rate
October 5-7, 2014 141 33 of 41 = 80.5% 98 of 102 = 96%
TOTALS and STATS
1 Total Races 141 33 of 41 = 80.5% 98 of 102 = 96%
Males, Solo and Team:
111
Females, Solo and Team: 30
Finishers,
Solo and Team:
129
DNFs/DQs,
Solo and Team:
12

Furnace Creek 508 Race Statistics, Results, and Webcast Links

Click Race Date Total Entrants Solo Finishing Rate Team Finishing Rate
October 5-7, 2013 249 52 of 59 = 88.1% 188 of 190 = 98.9%
October 6-8, 2012 234 56 of 70 = 80% 158 of 164 = 96.34%
October 8-10, 2011 217 49 of 67 = 73.1% 146 of 150 = 93.33%
October 2-4, 2010 202 57 of 82 = 69.5% 110 of 120 = 91.67%
October 3-5, 2009 179 29 of 59 = 49.1% 98 of 120 = 81.67%
October 4-6, 2008 211 67 of 81 = 82.7% 128 of 130 = 98.5%
October 6-8, 2007 192 44 of 78 = 56.4% 114 of 114 = 100%
October 7-9, 2006 179 50 of 75 = 66.67% 100 of 104 = 96.15%
October 8-10, 2005 148 59 of 78 = 75.64% 66 of 70 = 94.29%
October 16-18, 2004 117 31 of 59 = 52.5% 56 of 58 = 96.5%
October 11-13 2003 106 37 of 60 = 61.66% 40 of 46 = 87%
October 12-14, 2002 112 35 of 58 = 60.3% 48 of 54 = 88.9%
October 13-15, 2001 94 32 of 48 = 66.6% 46 of 46 = 100%
October 14-16, 2000 80 28 of 49 = 57.14% 28 of 32 = 80%
October 9-11, 1999 88 22 of 48 = 45.83% 40 of 40 = 100%
October 10-12, 1998 68 26 of 44 = 59.1% 24 of 24 = 100%
October 4-6, 1997 67 20 of 39 = 51.3% 24 of 28 = 85.7%
October 19-21, 1996 72 24 of 40 = 60% 32 of 32 = 100%
October 21-23, 1995 75 26 of 39 = 66.7& 32 of 36 = 88.9%
October 22-24, 1994 59 22 of 39 = 56.4 20 of 20 = 100%
October 2-4, 1993 45 14 of 33 = 42.4% 12 of 12 = 100%
October 17-19, 1992 28 9 of 28 = 32.1% NA
October 26-28, 1991 32 18 of 32 = 56.25% NA
April 13-15, 1991 6? 6 of 6 = 100? NA
October 27-29, 1990 25 10 of 25 = 40% NA
April 7-9, 1990 12 7 of 12 = 58.33% NA
October 21-23, 1989 27 11 of 27 = 40.7% NA
June 3-5, 1989 6 2 of 6 = 33.3% NA
April 15-17, 1989 25 9 of 25 = 36% NA
TOTALS and STATS
29 Total Races 2955 852 of 1366 = 62.4% 1510 of 1590 = 95%
Males,
Solo and Team
2442 (82.85%)
Females,
Solo and Team:
514 (17.15%)
Finishers,
Solo and Team:
2362 (79.9%)
DNFs/DQs,
Solo and Team:
594 (20.1%)

For all the historical data, results, totems, and much more about Furnace Creek 508 from 1989 to the present, as well as the 508's predecessor races - 1983-1985 John Marino Open and 1986-1988 RAAM Open West - visit the Results Database. Click here for the Course Records from the 1989-2013 Furnace Creek 508 Era


Nationalities Represented since 1989, by # of entrants

Argentina = 1
Australia = 14
Austria = 14
Belgium = 1
Belize = 1
Brazil = 2
Canada = 50
Denmark = 9

 

Finland = 3
France = 11
Germany = 14
Guatemala = 1
Gumbyland = 1
Ireland = 1
Israel = 2
Italy = 11

 

Japan = 3
Mexico = 1
Netherlands = 1
New Zealand = 1
Philippines = 1
Poland = 1
Romania = 1
Singapore = 1

 

Slovenia = 1
South Africa = 1
Sweden = 7
Switzerland = 9
United Kingdom = 18
USA = 2090
Unknown = 2


Solo Course Records (Silver State 508 route)

Click here for the Course Records from the 1989-2013 Furnace Creek 508 Era

There are still many categories in which the record has not yet been set, and not all possible categories and are listed.

Category Rider Name Rider Totem Year Time Data / Notes
Men's 10+
Men's 20+
Men's 30+ Adam Bickett Rock Rabbit 2014 28:15:00 Data
Men's 40+ Marko Baloh Tweety Bird 2014 26:24:00 Overall Men's Solo Record
Men's 50+ Mick Walsh Irish Hare 2014 35:04:00 Data
Men's 60+ Gregg Geser Gibbon 2014 31:18:00 Data
Men's 70+
Women's 20+
Women's 30+
Women's 40+ Sarah Cooper Spotted Horse 2014 32:32:00 Overall Women's Solo Record
Women's 50+ Lisa Johnson Blue Dasher 2014 43:48:00
Women's Fixed Gear 20+
Women's Fixed Gear 40+
Women's 40+ Classic Bike Sheherezade Adams Albatross 2014 41:48:00 Data
Women's Recumbent 30+
Men's Fixed Gear 20+
Men's Fixed Gear 30+
Men's Fixed Gear 40+
Men's Fixed Gear 50+
Men's 30+ Classic Bike
Men's 40+ Classic Bike
Men's 50+ Classic Bike
Men's 10+ Recumbent (Stock)
Men's 30+ Recumbent (Stock)
Men's 40+ Recumbent (Stock)
Men's 50+ Recumbent (Stock)
Men's Tandem
Mixed 40+ Tandem
Mixed 50+ Tandem McKenzie/Schroer Mute Swan 2014 31:57:00 Data

Relay Team Course Records

There are still many categories in which the record has not yet been set, and not all possible categories and are listed.

TWO RIDER TEAMS
Category Totem Year Time Data / Notes
Men's 10+ Two Rider Team
Men's 20+ Two Rider Team Desert Bighorn 2014 28:58:00 Data
Men's 30+ Two Rider Team Little Bear 2014 26:51:00 Overall Two-Rider Record
Men's 40+ Two Rider Team Chimera Twins 2014 28:57:00 Data
Men's 50+ Two Rider Team
Men's 60+ Two Rider Team
Men's 70+ Two Rider Team
Mixed 20+ Two Rider Team
Mixed 30+ Two Rider Team Two-Headed Dragon 2014 31:49:00 Data
Mixed 40+ Two Rider Team
Mixed 50+ Two Rider Team Snowshoe Hare 2014 30:06:00 Data
Mixed 60+ Two Rider Team
Mixed 70+ Two Rider Team
Women's 20+ Two Rider Team
Women's 30+ Two Rider Team Pine Martens 2014 36:36:00 Data
Women's 40+ Two Rider Team
Women's 50+ Two Rider Team
Women's 60+ Two Rider Team
Women's 70+ Two Rider Team
Men's Recumbent 30+ Two Recumbent Team
Men's Recumbent 40+ Two Recumbent Team
Men's Recumbent 50+ Two Recumbent Team
Mixed Recumbent 30+ Two Recumbent Team
Men's Fixed Gear 40+ Two Rider Team
Mixed Fixed Gear 40+ Two Rider Team
Women's Fixed Gear 30+ Two Rider Team
Men's Classic Bike 50+ Team
Mixed Classic Bike 40+ Team
 
FOUR RIDER TANDEM TEAM
Category Totem Year Time Data / Notes
Men's 60+ Two Tandem Team Mantis Shrimp 2014 32:35:00 Data
Mixed 40+ Two Tandem Team
Mixed 50+ Two Tandem Team
 
FOUR RIDER TEAMS
Category Totem Year Time Data / Notes
Men's 10+ Four Rider Team
Men's 20+ Four Rider Team
Men's 30+ Four Rider Team
Men's 40+ Four Rider Team Bloodhounds 2014 27:55:00 Overall Four-Rider Record
Men's 50+ Four Rider Team Spike the Wonder Dog 2014 32:05:00 Data
Men's 60+ Four Rider Team Western Wood Pewee 2014 32:33:00 Data
Men's 70+ Four Rider Team
Men's 20+ Fixed Gear Four Rider Team
Men's 40+ Fixed Gear Four Rider Team
Men's 50+ Fixed Gear Four Rider Team
Mixed 40+ Fixed Gear Four Rider Team
Men's 50+ Recumbent Four Rider Team
Women's 20+ Fixed Gear Four Rider Team
Women's 10+ Four Rider Team
Women's 20+ Four Rider Team
Women's 30+ Four Rider Team
Women's 40+ Four Rider Team
Women's 50+ Four Rider Team
Women's 60+ Four Rider Team
Women's 70+ Four Rider Team
Mixed 10+ Four Rider Team
Mixed 20+ Four Rider Team
Mixed 30+ Four Rider Team
Mixed 40+ Four Rider Team Diana Monkey 2014 30:17:00 Data
Mixed 50+ Four Rider Team Spinner Dolphin 2014 32:24:00 Data
Mixed 60+ Four Rider Team Chinook 2014 34:58:00 Data
Mixed 70+ Four Rider Team
 
EIGHT RIDER TANDEM TEAM
Category Totem Year Time Data / Notes
Men's 40+ Four Tandem Team
Mixed 40+ Four Tandem Team
Mixed 50+ Four Tandem Team

Click here for the Course Records from the 1989-2013 Furnace Creek 508 Era