If you plan on attending any spring event in Downtown Reno this year, I would recommend this one…
The Reno River Festival will be presented on May 9-10, 2015 at downtown Reno’s Truckee River Whitewater Park and presents a weekend of “world-class whitewater competitions, live entertainment, food from around the region, and an outdoor expo featuring some of the industry’s top retailers”. The event has typically brought more than 30,000 people to the area each year and features many other weekend events to complement the main whitewater kayaking competition including a wide array of music, food, yoga, fly fishing clinics, and of course… running.
The premier running event of the weekend is the Biggest Little 5k Birthday Run. In honor of the City of Reno’s 147th birthday, this is the 2nd Annual event to help showcase Reno’s Riverwalk District. The event also helps raise funds for the Riverwalk District’s Beautification Program.
“Every dollar raised from the 5K Run will go towards the Riverwalk District’ Beautification Program to help establish a safer, cleaner, more colorful and lively downtown area including better signage, landscaping and public art.”
The 5k route starts at the Reno Arch, similar to the Downtown River Run, and follows a similar course down the Truckee River Path towards Idlewild Park. It is an out-and-back course that turns around at Idlewild Park and comes back towards the finish line in front of Wingfield Park and Sierra Tap House, close to where the main festivities for the Whitewater Competition are located.
The event starts at 9am on Saturday, May 9th and is a 5k (3.1 miles!). It isn’t one of those early races, so there shouldn’t be any excuse not to participate in this one. The registration fee is $30 + a $2.85 processing fee, but every dollar raised is going towards making the Riverwalk District a more beautiful place for locals and visitors, so you will be contributing to that cause.
I ran the inaugural Biggest Little 5k Birthday Run last year and it just so happened to fall on MY birthday, so it was definitely exciting (like everyone came to celebrate my birthday with me… but not really). Sierra Tap House was also positioned at the finish line last year with some delicious beer to get the celebration started, so kudos to them for helping make it a blast.
It was also one of the few races I came in as an overall top finisher, so I was pretty stoked to say the least!
Hopefully I will see everyone at the race this year!