The Journal Jog

Another great race from the production line of Race178 is set to take place on Sunday, September 13th, 2015!

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The Journal Jog is Reno’s oldest footrace and with this being its 47th Annual go-around, it’s safe to say that it brings a lot of history to the running community in the City of Reno.  From its namesake and presenting sponsor, the Journal Jog was originally started by the Reno Gazette Journal.

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It is pretty unique distance of 8k, which is approximately 5 miles.  This is perfect for runners that enjoy 5k races but aren’t too fond of the 10 runs.  It is also the best distance for a nice jog either solo or with a group of friends.  I enjoy running this event as it seems to kick of the fall running season perfect for me.  This is also probably the first running event I ever participated in Reno, so it is fun to see how it has evolved over the years.

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This year’s course begins on Foster Drive in front of Reno High School.  It is a looped course that travels down Foster Driver, takes a left on Booth Street down to the Truckee River.  The course then goes through Idlewild Park, up to Mayberry Drive, and then back through Old Southwest Reno neighborhoods to finish back at Reno High School.   It is a relatively flat course with the only climb at the 2 ¼ miler mark, where participants run up to Mayberry Drive from Crissie Caughlin Park.  The rest of the course is flat or slightly downhill, so it is very fast event.

You are able to sign up individually or as a team for this event competing in either a 2 person, or 3 or more people, category.  Two person categories include Husband/Wife, Mother/Daughter, Mother/Son, Father/Daughter, or Father Son.  Three or more person teams can either be Corporate, Family, High School, or Middle School.  The times for teams will be a combination of each team member’s finisher times and teams will be competing in separate team divisions in addition to the individual age/gender categories.  There is also a Caterpillar category, which includes runners of 4 or more that travel the entire course fastened together in some way.  This category also includes a costume contest!

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The team categories give this run some extra excitement in the event you want to run with other runners you know and increase the competition.

I hope that you take some time to enjoy this event.  I know it has always been a special one for me!

Please share and let me know if you are thinking of running this year!

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It’s the Weekend… Where to run?

Weekend runs are my favorite.  They’re typically my longer runs and it gets me started in the right direction for being productive when I get up on a Saturday and get a nice long run in.  I wouldn’t say I have a go-to weekend run spot since I try to mix it up a bit, but I do have those times when I can’t decide on what sounds good.  Sooo…  if you’re like me and just end up running a familiar route because nothing comes to mind, here are a couple of suggestions to consider.

Bartley Ranch Regional Park

Covered Entrance to Bartley Ranch Regional Park Photo Credit: Photo © Stan White http://renotahoe.about.com/od/publicparks/ig/Bartley-Ranch-Park/bartleyranchpark1.htm
Covered Entrance to Bartley Ranch Regional Park
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Bartley Ranch is  a 117 acre park that includes a “regulation-size equestrian arena and warm-up arena, the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, the Western Heritage Interpretive Center and the restored Historic Huffaker School”.  The park has three different trails to explore:  the Flume Trail, the Quail Run Trail, and the Ranch Loop Trail.  However, only the Ranch Loop Trail is typically permitted for runners given the Flue Trail and Quail Run trail are fairly short and used more for hiking and used for interpretive panels by Washoe County to discuss ranching history and the local flora and fauna to visitors.

Quail Run Trail at Bartley Ranch Photo Credit: Photo © Stan White http://renotahoe.about.com/od/publicparks/ig/Bartley-Ranch-Park/bartleyranchpark7.htm
Quail Run Trail at Bartley Ranch
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The Ranch Loop Trail is approximately 1.5 miles in length but is connected to the nearby Anderson Park trail which is about 2 miles in length.  Both trails are really flat, which is perfect for a nice long run if you want to run a loop for both trails a couple of times.  There isn’t much shade cover for the Anderson Park Trail, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are adverse to high temperatures, but for a nice weekend Spring run, it is pretty nice… especially early in the morning.

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Photo Credit: Washoe County Trails
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Horseman’s Park (Steamboat Ditch Trail)

Horseman’s Park is located on Skyline Blvd about a ½ mile up from Moana Lane.  This trailhead is a part of the 43 mile long Steamboat Ditch Trail.  This trail spoils just about any runner giving amazing view of Reno while offering a pretty flat run.  I typically run about 2 miles out  from the trailhead just off Skyline Blvd and turnaround providing a nice 4 mile run, but you can run as much or as little of this run on the Steamboat Ditch Trail that you want.  It’s a good course for group runs or just running with a friend as well as mountain biking.

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The Reno 10 Miler and Relay

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For all of those that participated in the Downtown River Run yesterday, congratulations!  I hope everyone had a good run.  It seemed like it was a perfect morning for the event and I’m sure it was up to the normal excellence of organization.  If you completed your very first marathon or half marathon at this year’s event, I believe an even bigger congratulation is in order as it definitely isn’t easy to accomplish such a distance.  In fact, getting to the distance of a half marathon or marathon is definitely a challenge.  It can also be  a little daunting to transition from a run such as a 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) to that of a half marathon (13.1 miles), as it is double or even triple the distance.  Building up to that kind of distance takes a lot of work and if you’re just diving into 13.1 miles in a race-event style format off the bat, sometimes it can be a little nerve racking.

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Luckily, for all those in the Reno-Tahoe area, Race178 hosts the Reno 10 Miler and Relay.  It is “just beyond a 10k, but not quite as far as a half marathon” which gives runners the perfect race event distance to be comfortable when building up towards a half marathon or jumping from  a 5k or 10k.  It takes place on August 16, 2015, which is perfect because there aren’t usually a lot of events to select from between the Spring and Fall season events.  Even better… it’s not just an individual event, but also has a relay component for anyone still wanting to run a shorter distance with friends or family.

The course is strategically mapped to showcase both Downtown Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno campus.  The race start and finish is located at the Virginia Street Bridge above the Truckee River in downtown Reno and heads north towards the UNR campus.  Much of the run incorporates landmarks on the campus such as the Quad, Lawlor Events Center, Mackay Stadium, and many others, as it loops through the University providing a very scenic first 5 miles or so.  The course then head back towards downtown and the Truckee River giving runners the opportunity to see Wingfield Park, Reno High School, Idlewild Park, and the Reno Court House.

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The relay for the event has 3 different legs and runners can be in teams of 3 or less.  The first year I ran the race I participated in the relay event.   I really enjoyed it as it turned out to be about the distance of a 5k for each person and, as a result, turned it into a fairly fast course so it was exciting to see my teammate sprinting towards the exchange.  The only downside to the relay was that I only saw the portion of the course for my leg and didn’t get a chance to run through the UNR campus at all.  I did run it last year as an individual runner though and it was nice to get a chance to see the entire course.  The relay is really cool though if you still want a shorter distance and enjoy the team events.

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Registration is open for this event but prices do go up after June 30th.  I encourage everyone to give it a try, as it is pretty exciting to run through both downtown Reno and the UNR campus.

Moms on the Run

Since I am in the spirit of race planning, there is an upcoming run that I’ve been proud to participate in every year for I don’t know how long:  The Pinnochio’s Moms on the Run. This is the 15th Annual 3k/5k walk and 5k/10k running event and is scheduled for Sunday, May 10, 2015.

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This event is hosted by the Pinnochio’s Moms on the Run non-profit organization in an effort to raise funds for Northern Nevada Women while in treatment for breast & gynecological cancers.  It takes place on Mother’s Day, of course, and gives everyone a chance to not only support fundraising for women with cancer, but all of the moms out there.  I have been lucky to participate with my mom, aunt, grandma… you name it, and this event is a great way to get the family together for some exercise and kick off Mother’s day the right way.  Before loading up on food at the Mother’s day brunch, you might as well get started guilt free.  It’s also a great way come out and show support for a good cause and share a good time with family.

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There are a variety of events to choose from including a 10k run, 5k run, 3k/5k Walk n Talk, the Bon Bon Stroll, and ¼ Mile Kidlet’s Race.  Therefore, you have the opportunity to run competitively, take a walk and chat with family, or let the kids get some energy out in a fun ¼ mile race.  All of the races start and finish on Foster Drive in front of the Reno High School Track with a looped course for each.  Some nice refreshments are available for all race participants at the end of the events as well and “surprise”…mom’s even receive a special rose at the finish line!

I’ve typically participated in the 10k race for this event and enjoy the course that follows through some of the Old Southwest Reno neighborhoods, Idlewild Park, and next to Reno High School.  There is a pretty fast course, so if you’re looking to get a good 10k time, or just want to feel good about all of your spring dieting and workouts in preparation for swimsuit season, I would encourage participating in this one.  It’s also exciting to see all of the families come out and celebrate Mother’s Day with some fun running or walking and just enjoy some nice Spring weather.

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Even if you can’t be there to celebrate it with your Mom, it’s a great way to show some support and give a shout out to all the Mom’s out there.

Hope to see you there!

Here is a link to register

Reno 5000 Downtown River Run

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I hope you enjoyed the 3rd Annual Leprechaun Chase presented by Race178, if you happened to have ran it on March 15th.  I know I had a blast and it was well worth it to get up on a Sunday to get in a nice 5k run with a bunch of other peeps for a St. Patty’s day themed run.

In the spirit of amazing Spring races in Reno, I thought I would highlight another upcoming run on April 12th in downtown Reno by giving some kudos to the 2015 RENO 5000 Downtown River Run sponsored by the Dolan Auto Group.  This is another exceptional race in the Reno area that features a course starting at the Reno arch with an out-and-back along the Reno Truckee River Path (which I have highlighted in one of my previous posts).

The race is actually Race #1 in the RENO 5000 2015 Running Series and features a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and JR 1 Mile.  Each event starts at the Reno arch with a turnaround that varies depending on the distance, but are all featured along the downtown stretch of Virginia street that showcases the “Biggest Little City”.  All participants receive finisher awards, gender specific race shirts, food, drinks and other festivities at the race expo.

I personally have only run the half marathon for this race series, but think the best part is the scenery you’re exposed to and the elevation change.  The race features some of the coolest scenery of downtown Reno as well as some of the best parts of the Truckee River, while providing a very fast course that has relatively little elevation change.  The out-and-back is pretty awesome too as you get an idea of where you’re at when you’re on your way back to the Reno arch and can put in that extra kick towards the finish.

It may be a little too late to sign up for the Marathon or Half Marathon, unless you’re one of those people always in top running form, but if you’d like to jump in for the 10k or 5k race, there is definitely still time to register.  For those that want to try out there first marathon or are looking to take it to the next level, the Downtown River Run marathon is a great fast course for first marathoners and is a Boston Qualifier!  There are also some sweet prizes for the overall male and female winners… “The male and female winners of the marathon will feel joy, like the ancient Greek courier “Philippides” once did, by the possibility of winning a $1,000 prize purse, leaf crowns and their portraits drawn and framed.”  You have to have a certain finisher time for the prizes of course, but nonetheless, the potential for winning some cash is pretty huge.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to this year’s run, but I hope everyone that does can comment and give a shout out on how amazing it is this year!  It’s a very well organized run and is definitely one of my favorites.

Race Sponsorship in the Biggest Little City

If you have ever run in an organized running event, you will notice there are typically company logos plastered across the back of your commemorative event t-shirt.   Although most consider this to just be a way for a company to slap their logo on an event, there is much more behind-the-scene details that play into running event sponsorship.  So, with that in mind, I thought I would dive into what race sponsorship contributes to both runners as well as businesses and the impact that can be made in Reno’s “Biggest Little” community.

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Race sponsorship at a glance:

For Runners:

Safety:  All of the road closures, traffic enforcement, water and first aid stations, and on-site medical personnel are not free.  However, these are some of the most crucial components of a running event.  There may be a race fee that you pay to participate, but it certainly doesn’t cover all of the costs for these essential items.  Hence, sponsors are the “sugar daddies” of running events and what help make all of these things possible.   Without sponsors, there probably wouldn’t be any runner safety, and ultimately, no race to run.

Exposure:  If you like the free food samples you get when walking the aisles at Costco, you’re going to like a running event.  Well, I guess it’s not that simple, but sponsors help runners get a taste of the products they are offering.  Providing free samples at the event expo, as part of a runner’s race packet, or even at the finish line is a quick way for runners to know what a company is about.  Take Nature’s Bakery for example, I didn’t know who they were until I saw them offering out samples of fig bars at the Downtown River Run.  But now I’m hooked.

Fun:  The contributions received by sponsors effectively allows for the resources to run a well-organized event.  You don’t realize how much you appreciate an event is that is well-organized, on time, and properly planned until you’ve had the unbearable experience of participating in an event that isn’t.  Having only one porta-potty for a 1,000 runners, having a delayed start after you’ve already warmed up, or getting an incorrectly posted race time are just a few examples that make runners never come back.  All of these things can be effectively eliminated with the proper resources that sponsors provide and, as a result, providing runners with a FUN race.

For Businesses:

Return:  By promoting your business, you’re increasing potential for future returns.  The running community is big in the Reno area and with 1,000’s of runners participating in most events, it’s easy to reach a lot of potential customers at one time.

Reputation:  When considering reach and promotion of your company, especially in a booming startup community such as Reno, you should be looking to increase your business in return for the exposure that the running event provides you.  However, you’re also participating in the experience that runners are getting.  Therefore, sponsoring well-organized events such as the Downtown River Run or the Leprechaun Race, help to associate your company brand with a positive experience.  Runners by default will think of your company in the same positive manner they do with the event they participate in, which boosts company reputation.

The Reno and Lake Tahoe area is widely beginning to be considered a mecca for new businesses and growth.  The area has long been known for its beauty with the outdoor activities and fitness opportunities it provides; therefore, bridging the gap between the area’s businesses and the fitness community seems advantageous in many respects.

If you’re a new business owner in the area, I strongly suggest considering sponsorship of a running event as part of your marketing plan.

The Reno Tahoe Odyssey

I know I’ve commented on this relay race before in some of my earlier posts, so I figure I might give a quick recap on how awesome, exciting, and fun it is and why you should do it.

First off, The Reno Tahoe Odyssey (RTO) is a relay run on a 178 mile course around the Reno-Tahoe region.  It is the product of and premier running event of Race178, a local professional race production company headquartered in Reno, NV that was founded by Eric Lerude in 2005 during the inaugural RTO.  Since then, it has evolved to produce a variety of races throughout the Reno area and has successfully turned the RTO into one of the premier running events in Northern Nevada & California.

The structure of the relay typically consists of 12 runners running 3 legs each for a total of 36 segments in the 178 mile course.  Teams can and do have less than 12 runners, as I’ve witnessed both Juan De Oliva, a solo runner, and Charlie & Daniel Anderson, a team of two brothers, complete the course.  The course is pretty challenging just running 3 legs with the typical 12 runner structure, so witnessing and (in some parts) running by these guys was pretty amazing.

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The course begins at Wingfield Park, an island park in the middle of the Truckee river in downtown Reno, which is also home to Reno’s Whitewater Park.  The loop course travels along the Truckee River towards Verdi and Truckee, making its way to the West shore of Lake Tahoe.  Runners then travel around the lake and down through part of the Carson City Valley, through the State’s capitol and historic Viriginia City back down into Reno.  The end of the course comes back through downtown Reno with a final finish in Reno’s Idlewild park for a post-race festival.  The race spans two days given the distance traveled and by the end of the race, a beer at the Finish Line Festival couldn’t sound much better.  There are also tons of food trucks, entertainment, and people to cheer you on at the festival, so the last push towards the finish line with your whole team feels even better.

RTO MAP

The main premise of this run is to have fun.  From personal experience, most runners are not there to be absolutely competitive but to have a blast with friends, family, or co-workers.  Prizes are even offered to teams with the most spirit, best costumes, best team name, and best van decorations, among others.  This type of attitude is encouraged throughout the course with themed parties at exchange points and a bunch of other celebration shenanigans along the way.  Teams of all ages, backgrounds, and locations participate in the relay and you can sort of feel the excitement from everyone while you’re there.  Costumes and team themes are encouraged, so be prepared for a little bit of craziness and definitely some laughs.

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RTO 2014 – Eclectic Company at Virginia City exchange

I’ve had the pleasure of running with Eric Lerude in the past and you can tell he is really passionate about hosting each event produced by Race178.  It is even more noticeable in the way each run is organized, promoted, and run.  Therefore, I would highly encourage running this premier event that is offered in Reno and Lake Tahoe.

The 2015 relay is sadly already sold out since registration fills up fast each year, but you can still come down and support the runners on May 29-30, 2015 or even sign up as a volunteer.  Click here for volunteer sign ups or just cheer on some runners!