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 September.

The race is based in Reno, NV and crosses northern Nevada on Hwy 50, also known as "the loneliest highway in America."

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

2017 Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept 14
1:00pm - 4:00pm.
BICYCLE CASE AND OVERSIZE LUGGAGE STORAGE If you have large boxes that you need to store during the race, you may bring them to RACER CHECK-IN for storage at the host hotel. They may be retrieved at any time after the first finishers begin to cross the finish line on Saturday.
Thursday, Sept 14
1:00pm - 4:00pm.
Thursday, Sept 14
1:00pm - 4:00pm
VEHICLE and BICYCLE INSPECTION in the hotel parking lot. 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.
Thursday, Sept 14
4:30 - 6:00pm
PRE-RACE MEETING at a location TBA: 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.
Friday, Sept 15
SOLO START TIME: The race will begin at the front of the Hilton Garden Inn, at the large overhang at the front door. All riders must be present at the start no later than twenty minutes prior to their start time for pre-race instructions and photos. Front and Rear bicycle lights are required for 500am starters.
Friday, Sept 15
RELAY START TIME: The race will begin at the front of the Hilton Garden Inn, at the large overhang at the front door. All riders must be present at the start no later than twenty minutes prior to their start time for pre-race instructions and photos. Bicycle lights are not required as sunrise is at 6:43AM.
Sunday, Sept 17
5:000 and 7:00am
ENDING TIMES: Barring any unforeseen serious circumstances, the event is officially over for all entrants at 5:00AM on Sunday.
Sunday, Sept 17

SUNRISE/SUNSET/TWILIGHT: Using Reno as a reference on Sept 17, Civil Twilight begins at 6:16AM and Sunrise is at 6:43AM, while Sunset is at 7:03PM and Civil Twilight ends at 7:30PM. (Note: For the purpose of race rules regarding at night, "nighttime" is defined as defined as 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM during the event.) Moonrise is 12:34PM and moonset is at 10:55PM.

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

RACE ROSTER: Click here for the 2016 Roster.

WEBCAST: Will be hosted during the race for time splits, images, videos, and more. Click here for the 2016 webcast.

RACE MAGAZINE: Click here for the 2016 edition (52 pages, 11MB).

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

ROUTE: The Official Route for The 508 is 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.

BIKE SHOP SUPPORT AT THE START LINE AND BIKE SHIPPING: Great Basin Bicycles of Reno, owned by 508 veteran Rich Staley will serve as the Official Bike Shop of the Silver State 508. 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 Great Basin Bicycles of Reno for all your 508 needs! Contact them by phone (775) 825-8258 or at 8048 S Virginia St Reno, NV 89511 (Map). Their Website.

START AND FINISH LINE HOST HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn, 9920 Double R Boulevard, Reno, NV 89521. Phone 1-775-850-9700. Rates: TBA

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 50 hours for solo randonneurs, 48 hours for solo entrants, and 46.5 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 Nevada Department of Transporttion, and is overseen by the Sheriff's office for each of the six counties through which the event passes. (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.